Staining Your Exterior Brick Wall and Other Important Maintenance TipsThere’s a reason why cathedrals, palaces, and even The Great Wall of China were all built using bricks—it’s one of the toughest construction materials known to man. What’s more, brick walls also provide protection against extreme weather, immunity to termites, impressive thermal performance and fire resistance. That being said, a brick wall still needs occasional maintenance to ward off wear and tear, as well as to preserve its beauty. Home improvement blogger Bob Vila details one upkeep that will keep such walls functioning at their best: “Repointing Repointing is necessary in places where the mortar joints have become soft or the mortar itself is cracked or damaged. The damaged mortar is removed carefully so as not to disturb the surrounding brickwork. Fresh mortar is applied in layers. When repointing, the depth of the new mortar should be twice the width of the mortar joint. Mortar applied directly to the damaged surface will not hold up.” Besides repointing, here are other maintenance tips to heed when taking care of your brick walls: Trim Vegetation While an ivy-covered wall has a quaint charm to it, vegetation traps moisture that can compromise a brick wall’s integrity, aside from producing humic acid that can eat away at the mortar. Dig up the ivy’s root, cut them off, and allow the vine to wilt off your wall. Use Proper Cleaning Technique Different stains need different cleaning solutions. Mortar stains can be cleaned using a solution of one part muriatic acid and three parts water. On the other hand, algae, mildew and mold call for a solution of equal parts chlorine bleach and water. If you plan to use a power washer, set the pressure no higher than 1000 PSI and keep the nozzle at least 300mm away from the wall. Keep Your Wall Beautiful Brick walls add a unique aesthetic appeal to homes but time can tarnish that beauty. Fortunately, companies like Preferred Brick Staining Nationwide offer a proprietary exterior brick stain called Chem-Bond 2000 that bonds with the brick and becomes a permanent part of it, while protecting it against atmospheric sulfuric acid. Your brick walls protect your family from the elements so take the time to maintain them. Controlling vegetation, using proper cleaning technique, and staining exterior brick walls are all steps you can take to protect it and prolong its life. (Article Excerpt and Image from Brick Basics: Maintenance, Care, and Cleaning, BobVila.com) About Joe Holehouse Joe Holehouse has written 2 post in this blog. Trackback from your site. Leave a comment Name * E-mail * Website Submit Comment Contact Info Joe Holehouse President/Owner 443-617-5244 443-922-9240 fax email@example.com Copyright © 2015 Preferred Brick Staining Nationwide Sitemap Follow us on Google Plus
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