Many home owners fail to repair the masonry in their home for fear of the expense it might entail. Masonry is the structure that is built using mortar such as brick, block, stucco, stone, and others. The usual cause of damage to masonry are natural disasters or structural issues. If there is a major structural issue in your home then you will usually see cracks on your masonry exterior. When this happens, you need to call a structural engineer to check the damage to confirm if the damage is structural in nature. Structural engineers usually charge hundreds of dollars in fees depending on your home size and location.
If you have a brick home, there are many types of brick repairs your home might need, whether it is new or old. Hairline cracks, broken bricks, cracked, mortar, and separation of bricks are the usual signs that indicate the need for brick repair. A structural engineer is needful since these involve structural issues. The structural engineer will determine if your home has foundation issues. It is important to set piers first if the home has settling issues. Raising and leveling your home structure is important if your foundation settles, cracks, or separates. When the piers are installed you may call a masonry contractor to help you with the brick repair.
Stone repairs are more challenging than brick repairs for masons. Natural stone is harder to damage than brick because it is a sturdier material. There are serious consequences if you leave your natural stone masonry damaged and ignored. Similar to brick, you know that you stone wall has damage if you see hairline cracks, cracked stones, cracked mortar, and separation of the stone wall.
Although exterior block walls are not so common in the United States, you can tell if there is damage if you see cracked blocks, hairline cracks or any type of departure. Damages in your block walls should be fixed at once if you don’t want further damage. Block material, unlike stone and brick, holds a lot of weight and is usually used to support an existing structure. Your home can be damaged further if block masonry is not fixed quickly.
One materials that is common is some parts of the country is stucco. You can find contractors that specialize on stucco. Since stucco do not support any type of structure, repairs are not as dangerous as brick, stone, or block repairs. Stucco repair is needed if you start seeing cracks on your exterior walls.
Any kind of masonry repair for the home needs a professional mason. If you are looking for a masonry contractor, make sure they are qualified for your type of repair and always ask for warranty information.