How Does Tuckpointing Work?

If you own a brick home or building, you’ve probably heard the word “tuckpointing” at least once. Maybe your home inspector recommended it, or a neighbor mentioned getting it done recently. You know tuckpointing is a way to preserve and protect your brick, but how does it work?

When you call Approved Home Improvements for tuckpointing in St. Louis, we replace old mortar and bricks from your home or commercial building. Our goal is to make your brick walls and chimneys look like they did the day your property was built. And unlike other masonry contractors, we don’t just perform aesthetic repairs. Our team also seals your brick to protect it from unpredictable St. Louis weather.

I highly recommend Approved Home Improvements for any tuckpointing or brick sealing work. I had a chimney and wall that were in bad shape. They were prompt with the repairs and did high quality work. They let me know what was scheduled and kept to that schedule. The crew was very professional. The chimney and wall look better than new. If I ever need other work done, I will definitely call Approved Home Improvements.

– Karen, St. Louis, MO

The Approved Process for Tuckpointing Services

Tuckpointing can be a dangerous job. To keep you and our crew safe when providing tuckpointing in St. Louis, we follow these steps:

1. Tuckpointing Assessment

Whether you need tuckpointing for your residential or commercial property, our process always begins with an evaluation. We look for damaged mortar and crumbling bricks to determine the type of repairs needed. For properties with extensive brick damage, we recommend a full repointing and tuckpointing job, which requires removing, replacing, and sealing damaged brick and mortar joints.

2. Safety Preparation

Safety is our top priority during tuckpointing projects. We start every project by scaffolding the worksite. Then, every crew member puts on a safety harness. Our safety measures prevent falls and other injuries, which means you don’t have to worry about increased liability when you choose Approved for tuckpointing in St. Louis.

3. Brick and Mortar Removal

Old mortar often contains silica dust, which can cause fatal lung problems when inhaled. To reduce our exposure and protect our clients, we use the latest grinding technology and self-cleaning vacuums to collect dust during the removal process.

4. Masonry Restoration

Once we remove all the crumbling mortar and cracked bricks, our team gets to work restoring your property. We carefully choose new bricks and mortar to match your existing brickwork. Your new brick structures should look original to the building at the end of our tuckpointing and repointing project.

5. Brick and Mortar Sealing

A professional tuckpointing job can last decades, but only if your tuckpointing contractor preserves their work. Approved seals your new brickwork to shield it from water damage and weather changes.

6. Tuckpointing Warranty Period

We want our clients to be 100% satisfied with our work. That’s why we offer a one-year warranty for tuckpointing in St. Louis, whether it’s a minor chimney repair or a full brick facelift.

Schedule Your Tuckpointing Consultation

Can’t tell if your brick’s just dirty or if it needs immediate repairs? Contact Approved for a professional consultation and free estimate.

close up view of weathered bricks surrounding by cracked and missing mortar

How We Compare to Other Tuckpointing Contractors

It can be tempting to choose the cheapest tuckpointing in St. Louis, but spending less today can cost you in the long run. At best, you may have to call Approved to redo a mismatched tuckpointing job. At worst, your tuckpointing contractor could fall and suffer a serious injury on your property, leaving you liable for damages. Choosing Approved for tuckpointing in St. Louis means you get a long-lasting result the first time, and you don’t have to worry about safety issues.

There’s a reason Approved maintains an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. We provide impeccable service and always look professional while doing so. It’s the little things that make us stand out from our competitors: branded trucks, matching uniforms, and open and honest communication, to name a few. Plus, our founder, James, has nearly four decades of experience performing tuckpointing in St. Louis, and he shares his expertise with the rest of the team.

If you’re tired of hiring contractors that don’t deliver on their promises, turn to Approved for tuckpointing in St. Louis.

Residential Tuckpointing

Approved serves homeowners throughout the St. Louis area, including St. Louis County and Jefferson County. If you notice crumbling mortar or discolored bricks on your home’s chimney or exterior walls, we can help. We make your brickwork look brand new while protecting your home from water damage in the humid St. Louis summers.

Commercial Tuckpointing

Approved can restore your brickwork to its original condition, whether you own a brick office building or apartment complex. We seal every tuckpointing project, so you won’t have to worry about replacing your brick and mortar for years, no matter what the St. Louis weather has in store.

Crown and Chimney Cap Repair

Your chimney crown and cap protect your masonry fireplace from water. When one or both degrade, it can cause water damage that requires costly repairs. Approved uses our proven tuckpointing process to repair crowns and replaces caps to ensure water runs away from your chimney, not into it. Our chimney covers also keep animals out and contain spark arrestors to prevent roof damage.

Contact Us Today

Don’t choose a tuckpointing contractor that cuts corners. For the safest and highest quality tuckpointing in St. Louis, partner with Approved. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.

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