The Process of Pointing and Re-pointing Stone
We provide restoration services to your past projects you may have had done by other masonry companies. Re-pointing is the process of con-caving previous joints and re-filling them with the proper mortar mix catered to the type of structure. We begin this process by going scheduling a “Restoration Consultation” where we meet with you and examine the project. During this consultation, we go over what needs to be done. Let’s say you have a stone wall you’d like re-pointed. We would go over how much of the wall can actually be re-pointed, which stones will need to be replaced, and which sections of the wall might have to be redone entirely. No two re-pointing projects are ever the same, so sometimes we have to wait until we’re actually con-caving the joints to see what will still stand and what needs replacing. “Con-caving” is the process of taking out the previous joints. We typically use hammer and chisels, sometimes compressor guns, to remove the mortar and clean it so that the new mortar will fit tight. This helps the restoration last longer and gives your old walls a fresh look. Most clients don’t recognize their old walls once the restoration process is complete. We do pointing and re-pointing on a variety of outdoor stone projects.
While re-pointing is mostly common in stone walls and pillars, we can really apply the process to any stone structure. These projects might include chimneys, fireplaces, patios, pillars and more. We’ve had clients who have chosen the concave style of jointing in their projects only to later decide that they would have rather had the convex style. Both looks are elegant in their own way and really depend on the type of project you are working on and your preference as a client
Whether it’s a new structure, or restorations to a previous project, Pointing is an extremely important aspect of masonry. The quality of final pointing added to a project can make the difference between an elegant one of a kind marvel and an amateur masonry job. We take our stone placement seriously and work extra hours to make sure the quality of our joints matches the superior quality of our laying.