Brick is a sturdy siding material that can last for years. But like all other parts of your home, it requires a little bit of regular upkeep to ensure it performs well and looks good.
In this article, Sentry Exteriors, one of the top-rated siding and roofing contractors, shares three essential tips on how to care for your brick siding.
Water Damage Prevention
Prevention is always better than cure. In this case, water damage — one of the biggest threats to your brick siding — should be avoided. In order to do so, it helps to know how this occurs.
Splash back and rising damp are two conditions that commonly result in water damage. Splash back occurs when rain continually beats against the brick and soaks into the mortar eventually causing the mortar joints to crack. Rising damp, on the other hand, happens when groundwater seeps from below and leaves a tide line. The moisture above the tide line usually evaporates over time. However, the salt crystals remain and cause the bricks and mortar to break down.
It can be hard to actually stop or prevent these occurrences. However, you can detect early signs of damage and carry out repairs as soon as you spot them. Inspecting your brick siding for water damage once a year will get you far. Make sure to install gutter guards to protect the gutters and, by extension, your siding as well.
Repointing is often the solution when mortar joints have become soft or the mortar has become damaged or cracked. The damaged mortar must be carefully removed so that the surrounding brickwork won’t be disturbed.
Paint removal is best left to professionals as it is a meticulous process. Chemical treatments are usually recommended, but they should first be spot tested in different concentrations. Sandblasting should never be an option for paint removal as it can cause lasting damage to your brick siding. It can also make the brick more susceptible to dirt buildup and moisture penetration.
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