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Historic Preservation

When restoring or preserving a historic structure it is important that the craftsman is qualified to perform the work. Here at Lovett our craftsmen have many years of experience to offer you and your team, whether it is a consultation or an estimate you can be assured that Lovett brings a solution based point of view to the table.

1. Masonry repair and replacement

2. Tuckpointing is a labor intensive masonry technique that can be used during the installation or repair of mortar joints. The process consists of the use of two separate mortars & colors, where one of these colors is virtually identical to the hue of the bricks themselves. After the mortar has been removed, by grinding or raking out the old, it is then filled in with the new mortar. The result of this approach leads to an aesthetically pleasing finished construction.

Although tuckpointing is rarely used today during new construction, it is an extremely well received approach for the restoration of various styles and types of brick edifices. Stone, brick or block masonry can last well over 100 years. Mortar joints themselves will fail considerably sooner, often times within 20 to 30 years, this being dependent upon the severity of weather exposure. This leads us to the all-important question of when & why to tuckpoint.

As mortar begins to deteriorate into a weakened condition that is unable to prevent moisture from breaking down the brick or stone masonry, watch out, I say this simply because once this process begins you are likely to experience water damage behind the walls. A tuckpointed mortar joint, done properly, will provide your building with a relatively waterproof wall that will protect you from extensive water damage repair bills.

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So just how exactly does one know when to consider Tuckpointing. At Lovett, we recommend a very simple test you can do on your own to identify whether or not your buildings mortar joints are in need of repair. Grab that key from your pocket and walk up to a joint, scrape the key along the joint and observe. If you notice the key scratch has created a powdered material you are a likely candidate.

3. Patching – patching the natural stone with accepted materials is what we do; this is no “chuck in the truck” operation, where filling the joint or crack is the game, and not necessarily the right solution. Lovett can also provide your building with custom matching of natural stone, whether it is for a small patch or a larger repair.