When Should You Hire a Mason?
Last modified: 2018/03/16 | 2 mins
Masons are skilled professionals trained to fix all sorts of problems, mostly relating to brick walls. How is it possible to determine whether your situation warrants hiring a mason? Here are a few clues you should look for, so as to avoid any possible water infiltrations and other problems that could occur when bricks start to deteriorate.
Problems with bricks are often caused by our ever-changing climate. Freeze and thaw cycles can have a long term effect on outdoor siding materials. If the siding is even slightly chipped, water can start seeping in and if the temperatures drop, it can freeze, causing the brick and mortar to crack.
For this reason, it’s important to act fast before the problem gets any worse. Here are the types of masonry jobs that need to be completed by a professional:
Mortar joint deterioration
- Depending on the scale of the problem, it may be necessary to redo large parts of the wall. If the joints are highly degraded, the new mortar will not function correctly and it will not hold up in the long run. It will have to be replaced completely.
- Once again, water and humidity cause a lot of harm to outdoor siding.
- When bricks start to crumble, they have to be replaced in order to prevent water ingress.
- Bricks close to chimneys are more likely to start crumbling. The same goes for façades that are exposed to the whims of Mother Nature (strong rains, snow, wind, etc.).
Broken lintels and sills
- Lintels are located over windows and sills are found underneath said windows.
- Cracks may appear over time or, if the house’s structure is prone to certain weaknesses, possibly due to certain weather conditions.
- Steel, which is used for the frame in both the lintel and the sill, has a tendency to develop rust, which can be harmful in the end. Concrete, for its part, can become porous and it may start to crumble. Contact a mason as soon as possible to avoid further deterioration on all of these elements.
* No matter what the problem is, by hiring a mason, you’ll get a better diagnosis and they will be able to find the right solution to avoid extended damage (cracks, infiltrations, etc.) which could develop over time.
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