Repointing County DurhamPropoint UK are domestic and commercial repointing contractors that are trading standards approved and all work guaranteed. We specialise in pointing for brickwork, stone and all aspects of masonry. We also provide specialist chemical cleaning services for brickwork and sandblasting for stonework. We have many trusted teams and offer our services throughout the UK including the County Durham area.
What Is Repointing?
“Pointing” describes the visible outside face of mortar joints, they show between brickwork on the outside surface of the external wall. “Re-pointing” (also known as Pointing Up) is the restoration of the outer face of mortar. This may be required after the mortar is damaged because of age and weathering. Over time, weathering and general decay will cause voids in the joints between the masonry. These voids will let water to penetrate, potentially causing significant property damage and dangerous damp.
Our County Durham Repointing and Restorations Team
ProPoint UK have an experienced brickwork repointing and property renovation team for County Durham. ProPoint UK supply brickwork repointing and different types of building restoration services for both large business buildings and residential houses within and surrounding the County Durham region.
Our professional County Durham group of highly rated craftsmen have the understanding and dedication to the process of historic exteriors. The teams target is to restore a homes brickwork or stone wall facade to its greatest standard.
The types of buildings vary, therefor our restoration team use their brilliant construction understanding to select the correct materials and craftsmanship suitable for that particular building.
“Pointing … is crucial to the appearance, stability and durability of Britain’s old buildings. The attractive appearance of this country’s historic walls owes as much to the character of the jointing as to the bricks or stones themselves.”
Making the Point, English Heritage, 1994.
When will a house or building need Repointing?
It is important that you know how to identify when you need to repoint your property. Checking you mortar is very simple. When reviewing the brick, a good way to go by is to measure the depth of the mortar against the height of the mortar. As soon as the depth is bigger than the height of the mortar gap, it’s time to get repointing. You can also simply use your finger to test the pointing, simply dig a finger into the joints in the brickwork and see if any pointing breaks away. Try this test in multiple areas of both the front and back of the property.
Business Property Repointing in County Durham
We provide both internal and external repointing services for commercial buildings in and around County Durham. We have repointed different types of commercial buildings like office buildings, small retail properties, shopfronts, warehouses, government buildings, hospitals and a variety of different commercially related premises. We use the latest mechanical repointing technology available. The commercial repointing sevice we give is quicker, cleaner and comes with a stronger pointing solution for commercial properties in and around County Durham.
What is the cost of repointing in County Durham?
Depending on the condition and quality and size of your property, it should cost somewhere between £20-£40 per metre-squared in County Durham. Your property might need scaffolding, this may increase the overall cost. It isn’t cheap, but repointing is worth it. The pointing will likely last over 50 years, so you probably won’t need to do it again
You will likely evert potentially expensive repairs that may be needed if water penetrates through cracks in the properties walls and add real value to your home or business property.
Lime Mortar Repointing
Many old red brick houses and walls in County Durham were originally constructed using lime mortar and it’s necessary to continue this trend is crucial to the health of a old house or construction. For example, a large number of Victorian homes may probably have been built from lime mortar, not cement. It is crucial that cement is not used in repointing. If cement is used, the movement common in older homes can result in damage and cracks.
Brick and Stone Cleaning in County Durham
As well as repointing, we also offer a specialist chemical brick, stone wall and Masonry cleaning service in and around County Durham. We use listed building and heritage approved methods, including sand and grit blasting and special abrasive water jetting (without the use of harmful chemicals). Any cleaning work to stone or brick must be carried out properly, with suitable methods to ensure that no irreversible damage is caused. Each property project is different, that’s why our surveyors assess the building thoroughly and discuss a suitable cleaning methods for that project.
About County Durham
County Durham (/ˈdʌrəm/, locally /ˈdɜːrəm/) is a county[N 1] in North East England. The county town is Durham, a cathedral city. The largest settlement is Darlington, closely followed by Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees. It borders Tyne and Wear to the north east, Northumberland to the north, Cumbria to the west and North Yorkshire to the south. The county’s historic boundaries stretch between the rivers Tyne and Tees, and so includes places such as Gateshead, Jarrow, South Shields and Sunderland.
During the Middle Ages the county was an ecclesiastical centre; this was mainly due to the shrine of St Cuthbert being in Durham Cathedral, and the extensive powers granted to the Bishop of Durham as ruler of the County Palatine of Durham. The county has a mixture of mining and farming heritage, as well as a heavy railway industry, particularly in the southeast of the county in Darlington, Shildon and Stockton. There was a lot of mining. It is an area of regeneration and promoted as a tourist destination; in the centre of the city of Durham, Durham Castle and Durham Cathedral are a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site.