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Brick Repairs

Damaged Brick Wall Before

Damaged Brick Wall Before

Brick Repair After

Before

After

Damaged Brick Steps

Galveston, Texas
A car hit this 1930’s home. We were able to match the brick and mortar.

Before

After

Garage Door Install

These pictures are showing us cutting a new opening for a new garage door. Installing a new wooden header repairing framing. Installing a lintel and repairing the brick on the sides as needed. The mortar is a perfect match, we supported the brickwork above with shoring poles.

Damaged Garage Wall

Pearland, Texas
People running into garage walls is very common. A small error in judgement can cause significant damage.

Damage From The Accident

After The Repair

Deteriorated Mortar

Pearland, Texas
The mortar had deteriorated in so many places that it was not feasible to spot patch this work.  It was more economically feasible to saw out and re-point all mortar joints on entire house.  The uniform appearance of the house added value to the home.

Close Up View of Damage

Removing Deteriorated Mortar

Completed Job

Mortar Fail

Mortar Fail

Chimney Mortar Before

Chimney Mortar Before

Chimney Mortar After

Chimney Mortar After

Foundation Failure

Friendswood, Texas
A significantly damaged brick wall due to foundation failure. The severity of which made necessary the use of expansion joints which were filled with a backer rod , a primer, and a high end colored petroleum based caulking. This will allow the walls to move independently to prevent cracking in the future.

Cracked Wall

More Cracking

Installed an Expansion Joint

More Expansion Joints

Window Installation

Friendswood, Texas
Removed bricks in order to install a new custom window.

Removing Old Window

Completed Job

Historic Brick Deterioration

Galveston, Texas
A historic Galveston home that developed issues due to rusted wall ties, rusted lintels, no through the wall flashing and lack of maintenance. Leave sentence it was necessary to remove and salvage all brick and rebuild to current building code standards.

Damaged Brick and Mortar

Damaged Brick and Mortar

Rebuilding

Competed Job

Competed Job

Clean Before Matching Mortar Color

We have extensive experience in matching mortar texture and color. In some cases we recommend cleaning the brickwork prior to making mortar samples to get a better assessment of the mortar color. Over the years mortar can have different appearance on the each side of the house depending on the sun and rain exposure. In order to make the repairs match it’s important to have the existing brickwork as clean as possible so that it has a uniform appearance.

Most common brick repair mistakes

Hiring unqualified masonry contractors
Allowing a poorly matching brick to be used as replacement
Locating matching bricks is very difficult. There are 11 brickyards in Houston and other salvage yards who don’t deal with the general public.

We have the advantage of having our own brickyard with 30,000 new, antique and salvaged bricks. Over the past 30 years we have developed relationships with brick wholesalers and antique and salvaged brick dealers. 

Our Approach to Brick and Mortar Repair

Provide a long-term solution to the problem. Anyone can chisel out mortar joints, stick some mortar in them, or remove some damaged bricks. Our goal is to identify the cause of the damage and provide a long-term, cost effective solution. We have extensive experience in matching mortar texture and color. In some cases we recommend cleaning the brickwork prior to making mortar samples to get a better assessment of the mortar color.

I personally look at every job. My goal is to have a detailed proposal with photos if needed within 48 hours of accessing the job with all your options and a good idea of how closely we can match the materials.

Craftsman Masonry La Marque Texas

Our Facility in La Marque, Texas