Brick Replacement Services Toronto
Brick replacement is an art form that brings deteriorated brick masonry structures back to their former glory by replacing bricks that have become either partially or fully dislodged from the mortar. In Toronto and the GTA, there are numerous old brick homes and buildings that have seen decades of shifting seasons, harsh winter weather, along with spring and summer storms with high winds and heavy rain. Brick masonry is meant to weather the elements, but even brick and mortar materials have their limits, and brick replacement becomes necessary.
With these old buildings comes challenges when restoring brick masonry to its original state in a way that is functional and preserves the existing aesthetics of the brick masonry. The team at Mace Masonry takes this into account for every job they do in Toronto and the GTA by selecting the best matching bricks and using the correct mortar. That way, every brick replacement job is completed without flaws.
As bricks begin to break and fall away from the existing masonry, further deterioration is sure to follow. It is very important to see the signs of deterioration before they become a bigger problem that costs more to fix. To help you spot the signs, here are a few things to look out for:
Main Causes of Brick Masonry Deterioration
There are a number of things that can cause extra wear on brick masonry and cause bricks to break and fall away from the structure. Here are the most common causes that lead to needing brick replacement services.
One of the largest factors for the deterioration of masonry structures is water. We don’t mean clean and pure rainwater, but the water that has sat for a period of time and collected salts and minerals, which are then deposited onto the masonry as the water runs over the masonry. Most commonly, a leaking eavestrough is where water will pick up these minerals and then drip over the masonry below the location of the leak. These salts get left behind and form efflorescence (shown as a white powder on the surface). This eats the bricks clay surface and causes spalling, which is where the surface of the brick begins to flake and break off.
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Another factor that causes brick masonry to deteriorate is improper repair work. This can be caused by using the wrong type of mortar to complete a brick replacement project. Picking the wrong type of mortar can cause brick faces to spall and flake off. Mace Masonry has the expertise to choose the right kind of mortar for the job every time, so you can rest easy knowing that once your brick replacement is complete, you won’t need more repairs any time soon because of poor workmanship.
Movement Within The Structure
With the changing of seasons comes the shifting of temperatures. During autumn and spring in Toronto and the GTA, it could be near or below freezing one day, and 10 to 15 degrees celsius the next. This can cause external building structures to go through rapid expansion and contraction that can lead to cracked bricks. When this happens, the structural integrity of the masonry in the area becomes compromised and will continue to deteriorate until the problem is fixed.
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How We Fix Damaged Brick Masonry
Mace Masonry has perfected their brick replacement services over years of experience and working on brick buildings in Toronto and around the GTA. Our brick replacement services follow four simple steps.
Remove old/damaged brick
This was and still is traditionally done with a hammer and chisel, but there are many tools that exist now that can help with this process. Once the damaged bricks have been removed, along with all debris, we are able to begin placing new bricks and mortar.
A major part of the restoration process involves some kind of cleaning process to remove dirt and/or efflorescence to preserve the existing brick masonry and restore its appearance. Never use or be sold on a chemical that claims to clean brick as it only damages masonry structures further. Our cleaning process provides a high standard with a minimal impact approach.
Installing new mortar and brick
Once the surrounding brick masonry is clean, new mortar can be made to match the existing strength and color. It is vital for the looks and structural integrity of the restoration that the mortar matches what has already been used in the brick masonry structure. If the mortar used for brick replacement is too strong, then the bricks can crack under the pressure. If it is too weak, the mortar could cure incorrectly and not be strong enough to support the brick masonry structure.
Tooling mortar joints
After installing the bricks, a tool is used to strike the joint creating a desired look to complete the restoration job.
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Mace Masonry has been offering the highest standard in masonry services in Toronto and the GTA for a competitive price for over 15 years! Trust our masonry knowledge, expertise and experience in providing brick replacement services so your brick masonry can the repairs it needs to last for years to come!
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