Tag Archives: Brick and Masonry

Tuckpoint Mortar & Tips

The mortar mix you see in those bags or tubes is probably not going to match your existing mortar in color and strength. This is especially true if your house was built prior to the 1950’s. Houses built prior to the 1950’s “usually” used site-mixed mortars rich in lime. When mixing your own mortar, first […]


Cleaning Paint Streaks Off Brick

I believe this is the white pigment from the powder coating on the metal siding that is washing down onto your brick. Yes, you can remove the streaks yourself but this will continue to be a persistent problem until the siding above is removed or re-coated. The powder coat finish of the metal siding is […]


White Stuff on Brick is Efflorescence

What you are experiencing is efflorescence. Efflorescence is a white crystalline or powdery, often fluffy/fuzzy deposit on the surface of masonry materials like concrete, brick, clay tile, etc. It’s caused by water seeping through masonry or cement based material.The water dissolves salts inside the material while moving through it, and then evaporates leaving the salt […]



Foundation Concrete Cracked Brick Corner

The cause of the crack is expansion of the brick usually from sunlight or summer heat. The brick is usually a different color than the white concrete foundation and therefore expands and contracts at a different rate than the concrete. During the heat of the summer the brick “slides” or elongates more than the concrete […]


Painting Brick

Once the brick is painted it is difficult to remove all the paint. The paint absorbs into the brick mortar and does not easily come off. Painting brick is much more common because brick colors often date the house and may need color updating. The vision and value of the whole appearance of the house, […]


Pavers or Concrete for Driveway

Paver bricks are substantially more attractive and more costly than standard white concrete. Brick pavers are considered a premium surface. Pavers also offer the ability to repair, re-grade, remove & replace the pavers in shifting soil condition without having to replace the surface. The brick pavers require a 6 inch thick compacted stone base which […]


Removing Paint Stains from Brick Wall

Solutions include scraping heavy deposits of paint off the brick, wire brushing the rest of the solid paint off the brick, and burning the residue off the brick with a torch, heat gun or Bernzomatic flame. Solvents are not good for this purpose because they turn the residue into liquid paint and soak more deeply […]