Many homeowners choose brick for their home’s exterior not only because it’s beautiful and classic, but because it’s durable. Unlike wood siding, which can give way to rot over time, brick is built to last. However, that doesn’t mean you’ll never need to schedule brick repair work for your home. The key is learning how to pay attention to the warning signs that your brick needs some TLC. We’re here to help with that!
Keep reading to learn about the most common signs that your brickwork needs repair.
Have you noticed that any of your bricks appear to bulge either inward or outward? Also known as a “bowed” brick, this typically happens when moisture manages to seep into or behind the bricks around your home. This excess moisture softens the backing of the structure, causing the bricks to either push out or pull in. This is especially common in cold climates like we experience here in Wisconsin.
If you notice bulging bricks, you’ll need to hire a team experienced in masonry to remove the affected pieces, treat the underlying cause, and lay new bricks in their place.
One feature that makes brickwork so beautiful is being able to see the distinction of the mortar in between each brick. If you notice that your bricks appear misshapen or are too close together in some areas, this is a sign of compacted bricks.
The issue with compacted bricks is that if there’s one, there are usually others since the pressure from an affected brick can compromise the others around it. You’ll want to call in professional masons to fix the issue as soon as you notice it.
When your bricks start to chip, this is known as spalling. While it starts as a mostly aesthetic issue, it can become more serious over time, depending on why the spalling occurs in the first place.
Most of the time, the root cause of spalling is corrosion of the shelf angle, which is a metal piece installed behind the bricks. The shelf angle helps to distribute weight, so no one part of the wall has to bear all the weight of a row of bricks. When it starts to deteriorate, the bricks start to shift, which can lead to serious damage if not fixed.
When you notice vertical cracks in your brickwork, it’s natural to be alarmed. After all, it can make it look like your house is moments away from crumbling. Fortunately, most vertical cracks are a result of natural settling.
However, that doesn’t mean you can ignore them completely. These cracks make it easy for moisture to seep into your bricks, which can cause more serious issues like the bulging we mentioned above. It’s best to get these cracks repaired when you can to help prevent more serious problems down the road.
Finally, if you notice that the mortar between your bricks is starting to deteriorate or dissolve, this is a cause for concern. When mortar breaks down, it causes the bricks to rub against each other, which can lead to warping or other issues.
If you don’t get it repaired, this can cause serious structural damage. Instead, hire a mason to remove as much of the old mortar as possible and replace it with new mortar, so your home remains structurally sound.
Is It Time to Schedule Brick Repair Services for Your Home?
After learning more about the most common signs your home is in need of brick repair, take a few moments to visually inspect your brickwork. If you notice any of the issues we outlined above, it’s time to call in the help of a professional.
Here at Semper Fi Roofing and Exteriors, we have a team of expert masons trained to notice potential issues and fix them so you have peace of mind that your home is safe and structurally sound. Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to learn more about how we can help.