Masonry products – brickface, stucco, hardcoat and cultured stone – are perfect for residential construction and remodeling projects. Nothing compares to the beauty, warmth and charm of masonry exteriors. These exterior products are also strong and durable.
However, despite the significance of masonry products, individuals make crucial mistakes that can cost them in the long term.
If you’re considering a masonry exterior for your home, here are some mistakes to avoid:
Using Incorrect Mortar
One of the biggest mistakes made by homeowners as well as professionals is the use of the wrong mortar. They may use Portland cement (modern mortar) on an older property whereas lime mortar is recommended due to its softness. On the other hand, mortar available today is compatible with harder brick surfaces. Using the incorrect mortar may lead to structural damage.
Lack of Maintenance
Although masonry products are strong, some maintenance is needed to ensure they last. Proper cleaning of masonry is crucial. In addition, it’s important to keep standing water away from the exterior.
Brick can absorb standing water. If you notice standing water near the base of the wall, pump it out immediately. Once the area dries, you can cover it with dirt.
You can also contact a professional for cleaning brickwork. Normally, sand blasting and power washing are used for cleaning masonry products.
Using the right cleaning materials and techniques will prevent damage to your home’s exterior. Abrasive cleaners and solvents, in particular, can harm masonry surfaces.
Improperly Placed Flashing
If flashing is not placed at the right areas within a wall it may lead to excessive damage. Flashing prevents water from accumulating inside the masonry work. Incorrect installation can cause the wall structure to collapse. Coupled with proper installation, flashing also needs to be sealed to prevent leaks.
Another common mistake is spacing the weep holes too far apart. There should be two feet of space between them.
Not Hiring A Professional Masonry Company
Another grave mistake made by most homeowners is that they attempt masonry construction and repairs themselves. DIY masonry is not just risky, but it’s also a tedious job.
A professional contractor can reduce the chances of costly errors that will affect your masonry project.
For reliable masonry installation in the Tri-state area, contact the exterior remodeling experts at Garden State Brickface and Siding. As one of the oldest property remodeling companies in the Tri-State area, we offer masonry remodeling for residential and commercial clients. All our products come with company and manufacturer warranties. For a free in-home quotation, contact us at (800) 388-4472 or use our convenient contact form.