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Brick Restoration Products: All You Need To Know

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Protecting your property against the elements can be a considerable challenge, making continual demands on your time. 

If you own a property in ol’ Blighty, you are inevitably going to have to deal with issues from time to time, caused by inclement weather. The most common problems you may encounter include: foundation displacement, water penetration, poor quality materials, wall stresses due to fluctuating temperatures, and the age of the property.

This guide is going to focus on cleaning and repairing masonry, using brick restoration products, as well as some top cleaning and maintenance tips to prime your property’s exterior to perfection…

Enhancing Your Brickwork: Top Tips And Tricks

Before you start cleaning, you are going to want to inspect your walls in detail, looking for any obvious issues. It is important to note that if you are working with older homes, you may find that cosmetically improving the masonry could do more damage than good.

When it comes to older properties you want to use a far less invasive process, especially if the property has historical significance, or is a listed building. It is advisable to speak to your local council before undertaking intensive cleaning procedures, to ensure that it isn’t against the regulations.

Using a Brush

This may sound tedious, but older masonry will benefit from a mild detergent and a brush. The good old-fashioned way of cleaning. A good home detergent is a wonderful anti-greaser, which means deeper stains can be removed effectively.

For younger homes, you can use a high-power wash to remove all dirt and debris, and get your masonry looking as good as new.

If you choose the brush method, ensure all detergents or chemicals are washed off thoroughly after cleaning. Do not leave these products on the walls to wash away on their own.

Pressure Washing

Pressure washing is usually the preferred cleaning method of choice as it is quick and highly effective.

This method uses a strong power water wash, ideal if set on medium or low power. It is perfect for large surfaces to quickly remove dirt and debris

Home Logic Exterior Wall Insulation offers you the opportunity to improve thermal efficiency, while maintaining the original masonry finish. It is also completely self-cleaning, so you don’t have to worry about the cleaning process ever again!

Coating The Masonry

Clean coating products are perfect for repelling water. They provide a protective film over the masonry, without altering the appearance of the property’s exterior.

In fact, with the clear coating, you can’t even see the product is on the walls in the first place!

Don’t panic though; depending on the product, you may find it looks like a cream is covering your walls, but it penetrates into the brickwork completely, and as it dries, it turns into an invisible barrier that you can trust.

Film Coatings

Film coatings are resins, waxes and acrylics which are used to cover the walls and protect them. These can help to fill in any unwanted cracks, and protect the masonry throughout the year.

It is important to note that the film coatings will darken your masonry, which is something you want to try and avoid.

Home Logic Exterior Wall Insulation

Home Logic Wall Insulation is a penetrative coating, which is so much more than a protective coating, it offers you excellent insulation properties that you can trust. This product penetrates your masonry by seventeen millimetres to provide you with an invisible barrier against water.

In fact, this product guarantees to reduce water absorption by ninety five percent and it comes with a twenty-year lifetime guarantee for peace of mind.

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It is advisable to discuss your concerns with a professional, to ensure that the structure doesn’t get put under undue stress when repointing. Remember the mortar today is so much stronger than years ago!

Decaying Mortar – Where To Start?

The mortar is what keeps a masonry wall strong, making it last for hundreds of years, if not more if cared for, maintained and repaired.

It is estimated that a mortar wall has a twenty-five-year life span. When the mortar between the bricks becomes eroded by more than a quarter of an inch, then it’s time to do some repairs.

It is advisable to discuss your concerns with a professional, to ensure that the structure doesn’t get put under undue stress when repointing. Remember the mortar today is so much stronger than years ago.

Never ignore any decaying mortar, any deep cracks or chips. This is something you should be looking at regularly as part of your building’s basic maintenance.

Would you like some more information on how you can protect the exterior of your house? Take the first step to refreshing your property’s brickwork the easy way, by calling 0800 1700 636, or, alternatively, by simply clicking the button below!