How to Prevent Bricks from Deteriorating

Brick Steps Repaired Before and After

Worried about the bricks on your property? This is a common concern for older buildings because the bricks have experienced decades of wear and tear. In this guide, we’ll look at some proven ways to prevent bricks from deteriorating, along with steps you can take to correct existing brick damage.

Replace Crumbling Mortar with Fresh Mortar

The mortar around your bricks will break down faster than the bricks themselves. This is a common cause of brick deterioration because crumbling mortar allows water to infiltrate the bricks. To prevent that, we recommend a process called repointing. This form of mortar repair involves removing the outer layer of mortar and replacing it with fresh mortar.

We will color match your existing mortar so that the new mortar blends in smoothly. The fresh joints will create a firm seal that fortifies the bricks for years to come. If you’ve noticed cracked, broken or dusty mortar around your bricks, contact Mortar City Masonry for a mortar repair quote.

Work with the Right Brick Company from the Start

Quality installation makes all the difference for the longevity of brick structures. The bricks need a certain footing and substrate to stand the test of time. If you’re getting new bricks, brick repair, or brick replacement, make sure you work with a licensed and experienced brick company like Mortar City Masonry.

The masons in our family owned company have over 20 years of experience, and 50% of our customers are returns or referrals. You’ll always be in great hands with Mortar City Masonry by your side. Give us a call at (586) 533-1305 to schedule your in-person consultation.

Keep Your Gutters Clean (Yes, That Matters!)

What do gutters have to do with bricks? Uh…everything! The gutters and other drainage systems around your property protect your foundation from shifting. They also reduce the amount of water that touches the bricks, which prevents them from deteriorating and eroding. Keep your gutters clean, and make sure water is being properly directed away from the property. If you notice freestanding water around your foundation, find the source and address it accordingly.

Address Foundation Issues Early on

If your foundation shifts, your bricks shift. It’s as simple as that. Foundation problems never get better on their own, and they can quickly lead to expensive repairs. The best way to save money on brick repair and foundation repair is to take care of foundation issues right away. Get a foundation inspection, find the root of the problem, and tackle it headfirst.

Complete Brick Repair Quickly to Prevent Further Damage

If you’ve noticed deteriorating bricks or other brick damage on your property, contact Mortar City Masonry for brick repairs. We’ll evaluate the damage, determine which repair services are right for you, and then complete the repairs in a time that fits your schedule. The sooner you act, the less likely the damage is to spread to other brickwork. Give us a call at (586) 533-1305 to get started.