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Tuckpointing In Chicago

Why tuckpointing is important

Tuckpointing is the removal of cracked or loose mortar in brick, stone or concrete blocks and replacing it to help protect, restore, and bring the masonry to its original state.

Maintaining your masonry with tuckpointing, as necessary, is crucial to the structure of every masonry building. Due to years of weathering, water saturation from rain and snow melt, as well as harsh de-icing chemicals buildings mortar joints will crack and decay overtime. Along with weather complication, defects in the roofing system, copings, flashing systems, or previous improper tuckpointing also play a role in the lifespan of mortar, brick, and stone, eventually leading to necessary proper tuckpointing.

Coast to Coast Masonry are the best tuckpointers in Chicago, offering you residential or commercial tuckpointing to keep your property looking and performing its best. With our tuckpointing experts helping you, your home or commercial building will be better prepared for whatever the elements have to throw at it.

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Mortar is the material that binds brick and stone together. Chicagoland is known for its unpredictable weather conditions. This is why caring for your masonry with tuckpointing and maintenance is critical. Often times, water that is absorbed into mortar, can freeze during the winter season, expanding within the mortar causing it to crack and crumble. It has a domino effect on the bricks and stone as well. Failure to maintain the health of the mortar through waterproofing, tuckpointing, etc, can lead to loose bricks, stone and concrete blocks which will too crack and deteriorate. Eventually, this may cause leakage into the building.

Using a machine grinder, which is a special tool designed to remove the masonry in combination with a dust control vacuum, the damaged mortar is grounded out to solid bed joint. Tuckpointing (filled with new mortar) is the next step. After proper washing with a detergent/acid wash, the new mortar is renewed to the health and look of the original masonry building.


In general, it’s recommended that you have professional tuckpointing services for your property every 25 years. However, if you see warning signs such as cracks, mortar that is crumbling from the joints, or spaces between the mortar and the brick, you should call tuckpointing contractors right away to prevent further damage.


Unlike tuckpointing, which is typically done to prevent damage from getting worse, repointing is a more involved process. It requires resealing mortar joints that have become so damaged that they are fully exposed. Having us perform tuckpointing services at the first sign of damage helps prevent the need for repointing.


We’re more than just the best tuckpointers in Chicago. We’re also your go-to choice when you need other masonry services including lintel replacement, chimney repair/rebuilding and more. If you want to learn more about everything we have to offer, reach out and speak with one of our representatives today.

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