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Brick Repair Dallas Fort Worth
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With over 20 years experience in masonry and custom mortar matching, we are the trusted name in mortar repair/brick repair.
Proper mortar testing and matching is important to Mortar Repair to prevent the new mortar from re-cracking, crumbling, and falling out.
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Brick Repair Services-Serving Dallas/Fort Worth/Granbury-Texas
Dallas - Fort Worth Brick Repair Services
Brick Repair/Mortar Matching
It can be difficult to choose the right masonry repair company when you don't know much about how to repair masonry. This is especially true in the Dallas Fort Worth area due to the number of brick repair companies in the area.
To learn the most common mistakes made in masonry repair, click Masonry Repair Mistakes.
What you should know is that not all brick repair services are the same. While most of them have years of experience in the industry, they don't always have the best experience and training. This is not to say that they cannot repoint mortar joints or replace bricks. Almost any idiot can do that. However, most of the local companies don't even know that they don't know how to repair masonry properly.
To better explain this, you need to know the difference between mortar matching and Mortar Matching. To most masonry repair companies, mortar matching is the process of attempting to match the mortar color and make the cracks disappear, and they tend to have trouble with this. There are some who match the mortar colors quite well, but this is not mortar matching.
Mortar Matching requires testing samples of the existing mortar to determine the composition, mortar type, and formula. From this, a matching mortar can be produced and the color may then be matched. This type of mortar analysis can only be done in the lab, and is not a simple test to be performed by anyone.
These tests are performed for commercial and historic restorations all the time, and should be used in residential restorations also because they are the standard protocol for masonry repair as set forth by the ASTM and other organizations that regulate masonry restoration or preservation.
Within the Dallas-Fort Worth area, there are very few masonry contractors that even know about testing mortars for matching their composition, and even fewer that take the time to do the testing. They make general assumptions about the mortar and then they mix their mortar without an understanding of the composition that they are even making.
During the installation, the mortar is often made by the lowest paid and least trained person on the job, and they tend to have made changes to the mortar composition or type by adding more sand or mix. Then, when a repair company attempts to remix premade bags of type n mortar or use less than the whole package, they are changing the mortar formula unknowingly.
We are among the few masonry repair companies in the Dallas - Fort Worth area that test mortar samples and get their original composition formula, match mortar color, and mix our mortar from the base ingredients which allows us to provide a perfect mortar match and a proper masonry repair that lasts.
Brick Repair Dallas Fort Worth
Brick repair in Dallas Fort Worth has a variety of project types. In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, we have repaired many different masonry problems. In most cases, the cracks in the brick and mortar were a result of the foundation settling.
As I once heard, "There are two types of homes in Fort Worth. There are those that have foundation settling cracks in the mortar and brick, and those that will have cracks." This is because of our local soil. It is highly expansive and when you add to that our heat over the summer and seasonal droughts, the expansive soil dries and shrinks. When this happens, you will need foundation repair to lift the foundation, and brick mortar repair to seal the mortar cracks.
Due to the designs of each home, the areas that crack will be different and may require different methods of repair to correct the masonry mortar cracking. Below are a few short articles that will help you understand the types of masonry problems and how to repair the mortar cracks.
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Brick Repair Cost
How Much Does Brick Repair Cost?
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This is the most common question we are asked. In order to answer this question, we must tell you a little about masonry repair.
When preparing to repair masonry mortars and cracks, the mortar used for repair must match the original mortar. While this sounds easy enough, it is far more challenging than you might expect. Matching to an original mortar can only be done through extensive mortar testing performed by a qualified mortar testing lab. The testing lab must be able to test hardened mortars to determine their composition and mortar type. If the mortar type is not matched, the new mortar can cause further damage or not bond into the mortar joints of your wall.
Mortar Matching Analysis
This is why the official guidelines of masonry restoration specify the need for mortar analysis and matching, and that it is done through compliance with certain ASTM testing standards.
As these are the regulated guidelines of the industry, they would carry over into inclusion with the sale of any repaired property. Should a repair be performed that doesn't properly match and/or without the report from a testing lab specifying an appropriate repair mortar, the seller of such a property could likely be forced to re-purchase the property.
For all of these reasons, mortar testing is required before any repair can be performed to the masonry. You will notice the AMR Mortar Testing Labs logo proudly displayed on our site as they provide the most complete analysis and most usable information of any testing lab we have used.
The cost of mortar analysis and color matching are additional costs to complete a proper mortar repair.
AMR Labs produces bags of custom mortar at a cost of $70.00 per box. The average repair project uses 2 boxes of custom mortar. If your project is small, you are looking at an additional $140.00 for 2 boxes of mortar. Then, there are mobilization, labor, and other charges.
The average mortar repair project costs between $500.00 and $1500.00.
Brick Repair Estimate
In most cases, we can quote a price from pictures of the areas to be repaired and a few project details. (Please tell us: Is the home single story/two story, about how many cracks, are any cracks wider than a pencil, are any brick broken, and do you have replacement brick if needed.)
Be sure to include these details, pictures, and contact information (Name, Job Address, Phone) and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Masonry tuckpointing is the process of pointing or repointing the mortar between the brick, block, or stone of a masonry structure or veneer. It typically requires removing some of the old mortar from the mortar joints before masonry repointing can be performed. This is due to the ability of mortars to get a proper bond. Bonding requires about 3/4 of an inch depth and a clean moist surface to get the best bond.
Alamo Masonry specializes in brick repointing and was among the first companies to specialize in repointing brickwork. Brick pointing or tuckpointing brick requires attention to detail, and knowledge of how the original work went together.
We also specialize in house foundation repairs. This combination of our specialties provides us with a better understanding of what is causing your brick mortar to crack, and allows us to fix the cause of the cracking and repair the cracked mortar joints and broken bricks.
Our experience in new construction of these projects is very helpful in being able to repair them safely and properly, and the little details make big differences. Even a change in the gradation of the sand will change the appearance and crushing pressure of the mortar.
At Alamo Masonry, we focus on the details. Each projects original mortar is tested and examined so as to get a more perfect match because repairs don't have to look like repairs, and a proper repair should not even be able to be found. We match your mortar's color, crushing pressure, texture, tooling, and the color and gradation of the sand as accurately as possible.
In order to do this, Alamo Masonry Repair developed a testing facility and mobile testing labs for our trucks. Each truck is rigged out with everything needed to test and match mortars, and to produce AMR mortar repair products. AMR Mortars are the only mortars made specifically for repair and repointing mortar joints.
AMR Mortars are the only mortars available that allow you to make smaller volumes of mortar in the various tones and colors needed for any mortar match and are available in any mortar type.
This is why, there are many historic restoration companies, other brick and mortar repair companies, and individuals who employ our mortar matching services, and use only AMR Mortars for repointing brickwork.
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Dallas Fort Worth Brick Repair Services
Is your Brick or
Masonry Siding Cracked or Damaged?
1. Water Damage – Repairing the brick around your home protects your home against water flowing through available openings in your brick veneer.
2. Falling Objects – Falling brick could cause serious injury or death, opening you up to major liability. Falling brick archways are a prime example of this.
3. Property Value – Proper Brick Repair restores the value and beauty of your home.
4. Excessive Heating/Cooling Costs – Brick Repair helps to keep utility costs to a minimum.
5. Pests – Protect your home and family from various infestations. Animals and insects tend to find cracks in your brick home appealing, because they are warm in the winter and cool in the summer. If you have such cracks in your brick, be cautious of possible infestations. They will find a means of entry. Some of the most common are:
Many of the above pests, once inside the brick, will spread throughout your home. .
All of these concerns can be resolved by having the experts at Alamo Masonry repair the cracked or damaged brick and mortar around your masonry home.
Alamo Masonry Specializes in brick repair and foundation repair. This is because of how these two fields are related. In order to specialize in Brick Repair, we have to fully understand the cause of the cracks in brick and mortar joints. Most of the time, the cracks in the brick mortar are a result of the foundation settling, and in order to properly repair your home and fix the cracks in the brick mortar, you may need to stabilize and fix your house foundation.
Most foundation repairs are localized to certain areas of the home, but can be all around the house foundation. We take the time to determine if there are major concerns with your foundation and if it may need foundation repair before the brick are repaired.
Many brick repairs can be completed without installing foundation piers, but each project has to be analyzed to determine this detail. Generally, if the cracks are small, they can be repaired, but may require an expansion control joint to arrest the movement's potential to damage the brick mortar.
We can generally gather enough information from you over the phone and sometimes by email to determine if the repairs are likely to require foundation piers, but will still perform an on site inspection to confirm the repairs and the costs of repairs before the project is completed. Some inspections may cost, but are applied to the contract if accepted.
Alamo Masonry -- Brick and Foundation Repair provides local services in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas.
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Did you know that most re-cracking and other brick damage are related to the mortar used not the movement of your foundation. This is why we use only AMR Mortars. They are the best mortars available on the market and are made specifically for brick mortar repair.
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You can save hundreds of dollars using AMR Pre-Matched Mortars. Pre-Matched Mortars make Brick Repair easy and affordable. AMR does the hard part for you. AMR analyzes and matches the mortar type and color. All you need to do is inject it into the mortar joints and tool it. It's that easy.
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We fix brick mortar cracks in: Dallas, Fort Worth, Irving, Plano, Carrollton, Lewisville, Grand Prairie, Flower Mound, North Richland Hills, Arlington, Benbrook, Crowley, Burleson, Cleburne, Granbury, Johnson County, and the surrounding DFW area. Also serving Houston, Austin, Waco, and San Antonio.
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