Posted on: 9 December 2022
Masonry involves working with brick, concrete, and stone. When the project involves stone or brick, you generally need to have mortar on hand and know how to use it. Mortar can also be used to fill cracks in concrete but will need to be of a different density and is generally not used to hold things together. While repairs may seem simple, getting the job done properly so it lasts a long time and looks great, you should always hire a professional. Here are just some of the reasons you should not attempt this type of project on your own.
Masons spend a lot of time learning their craft; many start as apprentices and work their way to masters. If this type of work is something you could learn in a day or on the fly, there would be no need for education. Different stones and bricks require different types of mortar and this is especially true when considering the age of the stones or bricks. Using the wrong mortar will result in needing to have the work redone soon. In addition, knowing how to keep the stones, bricks, or concrete from decaying or disintegrating due to water seeping into the pores will help increase longevity.
Just like any trade skill, it takes a lot of practice to get good at it. This is true when it comes to mason's work. You need to be able to get a straight line with the mortar and align the bricks or stone in a pleasant fashion. If you don't have a lot of experience, you could end up with the mortar drying too fast or not filling in the cracks or holes properly. If you are in need of filling in bricks or stones that have eroded a bit, tuck-pointing is the best way to make the project look as good as new. However, without enough practice, you will end up with a mess.
If you want to keep the masonry in your home looking great, contact a professional mason. Having them do the work initially will save you from having to have it redone if you make mistakes. If they have to come to undo the mistakes and then fix the initial problem, it is going to cost you more money. If the professional makes a mistake, they have insurance to cover it and will fix it at no additional cost to you.
Contact a local masonry contractor to learn more.Share