Why You Should Never Repair Compromised Brick with Caulk

Stucco Over Brick - Masonry Contractor New Jersey - Mason in Hamilton, NJ - Best Masonry ContractorAt BR Masonry, we take repair and restoration very seriously. Its what we do. And we know that there are tons of contractors out there who like to take the easy way out – and some who just don’t have the knowledge or experience to know when a repair won’t stand the test of time. Over the years, we’ve encountered many fixes made to historic or older houses and buildings, and while there are some really innovative problem solvers, there’s one thing we’ve come across repeatedly that simply does not work: caulk.

Caulk is a material that is used primarily to makes surfaces water tight, so it’s ideal for indoor work in rooms like the kitchen or the bathroom. However, for those very same reasons, caulk is not an ideal fix for the exterior of brick or stone buildings. Many people use caulk to repair brick masonry with good intentions. The idea is that caulking is very light, and it will keep water from getting into your walls and damaging your home or business. However, caulk also has the ability to keep water in. So, if your missing mortar was repaired with caulk – it can hold moisture inside of your walls and that increases the likelihood of mold development over time.

At BR Masonry, we mix and use our very own lime mortar. Lime Mortar has been around for hundreds of years, and it’s still in heavy use today. We recently worked on a historic restoration job that had previously been repaired with caulk and the problem with this is that it traps the water inside the wall but it also compromises the structural integrity of the Masonry wall system. With the mortar gone it is no longer structurally sound. The house in question was built with structural masonry system where the brick supports the walls, floors and roof. The previous repair company was expecting the caulk to support those portions of the house and such a light material is not capable of this.

BR Masonry’s goal is to make sure your repair will stand the test of time. We don’t take shortcuts, and we have the experience to know that materials matter. Using the correct material for each and every restoration or repair is important. If your home or business is in need of masonry repair, we’re here to help. Contact us online for a FREE quote – we can’t wait to hear from you!

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