Qu'est-ce que le rejointoiement dans la réparation des joints de pierre?
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What is re-pointing in stone joint repair?

The Mastery of Re-pointing in Stone Joint Repair

A Deep Dive into the Craftsmanship of Re-pointing

At Maçonnerie Montréal, our passion for masonry extends beyond the mere construction of beautiful edifices. It's about preserving the legacy of structures and ensuring they stand the test of time. One of the pivotal services that underpin this commitment is the art of re-pointing in stone joint repair. Let's embark on a journey to understand the intricacies of this technique and why it's a cornerstone of our masonry restoration services.

Understanding Re-pointing

  • What is Re-pointing? Re-pointing, often referred to as pointing or tuckpointing, is the process of renewing the external part of mortar joints in masonry construction. Over time, weathering and decay cause voids in the joints between masonry units, which can allow the undesirable entrance of water.
  • Why is it Essential? Water entering through these voids can cause significant damage, including the potential for structural failure. By sealing these paths against water ingress, re-pointing prevents water from penetrating the masonry and causing interior damage.

The Re-pointing Process: Step by Step

  1. Assessment: Before any work begins, it's crucial to assess the current state of the mortar joints. This involves checking for cracks, voids, and any signs of wear and tear.
  2. Removal of Old Mortar: Using specialized tools, the deteriorated mortar is carefully removed from the joint without causing damage to the surrounding masonry.
  3. Preparation of the Joint: Once the old mortar is removed, the joint is cleaned and prepped for the new mortar. This ensures a strong bond between the masonry units and the new mortar.
  4. Application of New Mortar: A mortar mix, matched in color and composition to the original, is then applied to the joints using a technique called 'throwing in'. This ensures the mortar fills the joint completely.
  5. Finishing Touches: After the mortar has been applied, it's shaped and compressed to match the original joint profile. This not only ensures a seamless look but also enhances the joint's durability.

Choosing the Right Mortar

The success of a re-pointing job largely depends on the mortar used. At Maçonnerie Montréal, we emphasize:

  • Composition Matching: It's essential that the new mortar matches the original in terms of composition. This ensures compatibility and prevents potential damage due to differing expansion rates.
  • Color Matching: Aesthetics matter. We ensure that the new mortar matches the color of the original, ensuring a seamless and visually pleasing finish.
  • Strength and Durability: The mortar should not be stronger than the masonry units it binds. If it is, it can cause the units to crack or spall.

When to Consider Re-pointing?

While re-pointing is a crucial aspect of masonry maintenance, it's not always necessary. It's essential when:

  • Mortar joints show signs of deterioration.
  • There's visible cracking or crumbling of the mortar.
  • Water infiltration is evident.

Maçonnerie Montréal's Commitment to Excellence

Re-pointing is more than just a repair technique for us; it's an art form. Our skilled masons combine traditional techniques passed down through generations with modern innovations to ensure our re-pointing services are second to none. Our dedication to excellence ensures that every re-pointing job we undertake not only addresses the immediate issue but also enhances the overall beauty and longevity of the masonry work.