5 common masonry repairs in the spring. Spring in Indianapolis is a beautiful season filled with warmer days and budding plants. Of course, there are still some rainy days, but overall it is a great time to handle projects around the house. 

As the weather gets nicer, many Indianapolis homeowners look to address their masonry. Masonry repairs are incredibly common in the spring, but some are even more popular than others. Here are 5 of the most common masonry repairs we do in the spring. 

Chimney Repair 

Over time, it’s common for a chimney to sustain some damage. Indianapolis winters and the extreme freeze-thaw cycles are brutal for masonry. However, the key is to repair the damage before it gets worse. That’s why spring is such a great time to address any chimney brickwork. Some repairs we commonly do include:

  • Tuckpointing. Replacing damaged mortar between bricks. 
  • Brick replacement. Replacing individual damaged bricks that are shaling off or missing their protective glazing. 

Both of these repairs improve the look of your chimney, but they also increase its durability. Damaged brickwork and mortar will allow water in, which then expands when it freezes and can increase the damage. These proactive steps help to prevent further damage and keep your chimney in top shape. 

Chimney Rebuilds 

Sometimes, a chimney repair won’t be enough. Whether you’ve moved into a house with an old, severely damaged chimney or had chimney damage worsen, chimney rebuilds are used to fix the structural integrity of a chimney. If a chimney is leaning or showing excessive brick/mortar deterioration, a rebuild may be necessary. 

Rebuilding a chimney includes addressing the metal flashings and a new chimney cap. The liner in the flue chamber may also need to be replaced or reset. Each rebuild is different depending on the unique needs of the chimney, but rebuilds are done for severely damaged chimneys. 

Exterior Masonry Repair 

Indianapolis has many older homes and buildings throughout the area. Many older buildings were constructed with bricks and will need repair from time to time. If you have a building with clay brick construction, it’s important to have it checked annually. Commonly, these structures may require some tuckpointing or brick replacement. 

Brick piers and columns may also be used to uphold porch structures. Over time, brick piers can settle and lean. If leaning occurs, then the column footing may need to be repoured with concrete. The piers may also need tuck-pointing. 

Masonry Walkways 

Masonry walkways are a stunning feature to welcome people to the front of your property. A well-maintained walkway enhances your curb appeal and increases the value of your home. However, a damaged walkway is a hazard that will reduce the aesthetic value of your property. 

Cracked, chipping, or sinking concrete or brick walkways need to be repaired. In some cases, they will be replaced. Damaged materials must be removed, then new materials are poured or constructed. It’s important to align the new materials with the old, for seamless repair that looks great. 

Outdoor Living Spaces 

Outdoor living spaces are increasingly popular for Indianapolis homes. Homeowners are adding masonry porches, barbeques, fire pits, and more. While masonry adds great beauty and functional value to outdoor spaces, it must also be kept. 

The spring is the perfect time to add a new patio or masonry outdoor space, but it’s also the best time to repair any you may have. Examine the masonry of your outdoor living space to assess its condition. If you notice excessive cracking, damaged mortar, or other concerning areas then consult a masonry expert. 

Fix Your Masonry This Spring 

Spring is an enjoyable time here in Indianapolis thanks to warming weather and longer days. This year, make sure to add masonry repair to your spring cleaning list! Simple repairs will help preserve the quality of your masonry and ensure that it retains its beauty for many years to come. 

As your local experts, the Brick + Ember Outfitters of Indianapolis handle a wide array of masonry repairs, including those above. This spring, we can’t wait to help you with all of your masonry needs! From chimneys to fireplaces, from walkways to outdoor fire pits, we have you covered. 

Our dedicated team has the experience you need for all of your masonry repairs. We will assess your masonry and provide you with a reliable, fair quote. We’re always happy to answer any questions you may have. To learn more about our masonry repair services or to schedule your appointment, contact Brick + Ember Outfitters today at 317-500-1250 or OFFICE@BRICKANDEMBER.COM