The top 10 most common masonry service estimates requested online since 2016

We analyzed over 7,000 masonry leads from a Houston-based contractor over the past 4 years to see the most popular masonry services requested.

1. Brick Crack Repairs

Cracks in your masonry, including brick, stone and/or mortar, can result from stress over time due to incorrect construction, movement, foundational issues, and shrinking. However minor cracks in your brick walls may appear, it’s important to repair any cracks as soon as possible, especially if you live in an area with a humid climate and/or a lot of rain storms.

Homeowners may not realize that even minor masonry cracks can leave your property vulnerable to moisture penetration and mold. Even worse, major masonry cracks can cause structural weakness and could eventually lead to the structure falling apart.

Masonry contractors should be experts at restoring cracks in masonry including the actual brick and/or mortar. They should use a durable yet flexible compound that blends with color and texture to seamlessly seal cracks for a lasting fix.

The compound is designed to support the natural movement and shifting of materials, preventing further cracks from occurring.

2. Brick and Stone Replacement

The design and structure of brick and stone changes over time and finding the correct replacement can be extremely challenging, especially for historic homes. Your masonry contractor should be committed to finding the perfect replacement to preserve the original aesthetics of your antique, vintage or rare brick.

3. Repointing

If the mortar between the bricks or stones is crumbling or missing, you are in need of masonry repointing services. The best masons will clean and refill crumbling joints to restore the luster and stability of your beautiful masonry.

4. Tuck-Pointing

To produce the illusion that joints between bricks are smaller than they really are, our masons apply the art of tuck-pointing. Two contrasting colors of mortar, one that blends with the brick and one that looks like regular mortar, are used to create what appears to be a thinner joint between each brick.

5. Chimney Crown Replacement

A chimney crown protects the chimney from water damage. Serious cracks or crumbling sections in the crown jeopardizes this protection and can lead to more expensive problems.

The best masons will repair or replace (if needed) chimney crowns with new, concrete crowns that provide superior water protection, are meshed with fiberglass or metal to reduce future cracking and are installed properly around the chimney stack and flue tiles to avoid thermal expansion cracking.

6. Wall, Column and Porch Reconstruction

Whether you are looking to preserve existing elements or build anew, the best masons repair cracks, replace brick and stone, tuck-point and repoint to achieve a refreshed look or build new retaining walls, columns or porches with incredible craftsmanship that is guaranteed to last and sure to gain attention.

7. Parapet Walls

Parapet walls are a crowning accent, typically seen on top of historic masonry walls or flat roof structures. Because they are directly exposed to harsh weather elements, they deteriorate over time, causing water penetration that can leak into your living space, wash out masonry mortar, contribute to brick spilling and corrode reinforcement rods.

The best masons will thoroughly inspect your parapet walls to identify issues and either patch problem areas or rebuild.

8. Decorative Washes & Slurry

Decorative washes and brick slurries have recently made a big comeback over the past 10 years, exploding in popularity due to social media and sites like Instagram and Pinterest that highlight beautiful home designs.

10. Perimeter Fence Repairs

Property managers as well as community managers are learning the hard way how expensive it can be to put off maintaining and repairing your communities’ perimeter fence or walls.

Why brick is the best…

Masonry offers timeless beauty and the best durability you can get for home. In fact, homes with brick on all-sides generally receive lower insurance premiums and in turn make these homes more desirable and more valuable.

Also, because masonry materials like brick and stone are environmentally safe, they do not emit volatile compounds, therefore contributing to healthier air quality.

In addition to increasing resale value and curb appeal, brick and stone is the best choice for home improvement projects because it is:

  • Fire, weather, termite, rot & sound proof
  • Energy efficient & environmentally friendly
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