Categories for Bricks

What You Should Know About Fixing Brick Bulging

June 16, 2020

Swelling in brick walls in Racine, WI is a common issue caused by water getting into the mortar joints of the wall. It’s essentially the same way potholes form in the roads—the water gets underneath, swells behind the surface with the freezing and thawing cycles of winter and pushes up and out on the material above it. For this reason, you’re most likely to notice this problem right after the winter has passed. Here’s an overview of what you should know about fixing this problem. Locating bulging sections of your brick wall The bulging bricks should be fairly easy to... View Article

How to Keep Brick Walls Looking Nice for Longer

March 11, 2020

Brick is an inherently durable material, but that doesn’t mean it’s completely maintenance free. If you want to keep your bricks looking like they’re in brand-new condition for as long as possible, there are some steps you can take to clean them off and maintain them with some regularity. Here’s a quick overview of some of the brick wall care steps you can take to keep your Racine, WI home looking great long into the future: Address mildew and mold ASAP: Mildew and mold can wreak havoc on structural elements of buildings, so if you notice mold problems starting to... View Article

Laying Bricks in Cold Weather

February 4, 2020

Moments after a masonry expert begins laying bricks in Racine, WI in the dead of winter, the curing process begins. Under ideal conditions, the mortar that holds the brick together will stay hydrated long enough for the bricks it keeps in place to bond properly. When the temperature falls below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, however, the mortar that acts as glue during a bricklaying job begins to freeze. That’s when the problems start. If you’re about to take on the task of laying bricks during the winter, here are some things to keep mind to make sure you get the job... View Article

What You Should Know About Brick Discoloration

October 23, 2019

Have you started to notice any staining or discoloration on the surfaces of your home’s brick walls? There are a variety of reasons why this might be occurring. The color or type of staining you see will give you an idea of the issue that you need to correct to get your bricks looking new again. Here are a few different types of stains on brick surfaces in Racine, WI and what you should know about them. Brick chimney stains It’s not uncommon for white staining or discoloration to show up on red or other darker color chimney bricks. This... View Article

What Causes Bricks to Crack and Flake?

October 9, 2019

Brick is a popular material for building walls, thanks to its durability and its long-lasting aesthetic appeal. If properly maintained, brick should be able to last as long as the lifespan of the building itself. However, if poor construction practices went into its building, there could be defects that form along the wall, whether it be cracking, flaking, spalling or otherwise. There are several different kinds of cracking that can occur in brick walls. The kind that is most likely to form largely depends on the age of the building and the type of construction (type of frame, cavity vs.... View Article

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