What exactly is Tuck Pointing?

What exactly is Tuck Pointing?  Do I need it?  What makes it a solution that I should investigate and hire?

Simply put, tuckpointing means to finish (the mortar joints between bricks or stones) with a narrow ridge of putty or fine lime mortar. This type of treatment can be done on basement walls, foundation walls, chimneys, and fireplaces.

Bricks provide durable surfacing for interior and exterior walls, chimneys, and fireplaces. However, no matter how we try to maintain it, the mortar used to fill the joints can and will deteriorate over time.  The good news is that bricks will most likely stay in good shape and all that is needed is a little TLC and some tuckpointing.

deteriorating mortar

Tuckpointing is a process where the deteriorating mortar is scraped away and filled with fresh mortar that closely matches (or if you want to go crazy, choose a color that enhances your beautiful existing brick) and then applying a thin line of putty in a contrasting color down the center of the join.  The possibilities are endless on the final product, you just need to decide on a visual theme and go for it!

Most often it is used to cosmetically enhance the home’s appearance and is usually a job that we see with historical homes built with stone and brick. This is also something we see a lot in foundation repair.

Watch the below video to see how King Piers performed a tuckpointing job and turned a historical home’s appearance into a beautiful work of art!


Contact us today to schedule your tuckpointing job!  We’d love to help!