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Brick Pointing and Brick Repointing Specialists

acol Ltd specialises in brick repointing and repair. We use lime mortar on period and historic buildings. This is a core service on which we have developed our reputation and business success.

Over time bricks will break down and require attention. However, instead of replacement, many bricks can be conserved. And with the right skilled crafts-person, repointed and reused in their original position.

Our team of traditional craftspeople have the necessary skills in all forms of brick repointing, brick repair and brick pointing. Consequently, Acol can restore the external fabric of any period or historic building.

With established traditional techniques and skills in the use of lime pointing, Acol Ltd provides a range of brick pointing and brick repointing services for restoration and conservation projects.

First of all, on every project our surveyor assesses a building. They then make recommendations as to what brick repointing technique or mix of techniques are best suited to the building. In addition, our team will work to specifications as set out by the project conservation architects.

Finally, as an active member of the Dublin Civic Trust, CIF Heritage Contractors Committee, Irish Georgian Society and the Building Limes Forum Ireland, Acol adheres and follows Best Practice and all rules and guidelines in the conservation and restoration of listed and historic buildings.

Brick pointing techniques employed by Acol

  • Tuck pointing
  • Wiggan
  • Flush pointing
  • Recessed pointing
  • Bucket handle pointing
  • Weatherstruck pointing

Brick repointing techniques explained

Tuck pointing

Tuck point is a most highly skilled technique and an acol specialty. It gives the illusion of finely jointed gauged brickwork on facades. It is achieved in part by pigmenting the pointing mortar to match the facing brick. Then, over this, a narrow ribbon of pointing material is skillfully applied or 'tucked' onto the grooved of prepared joints. Finally, it is trimmed to size.

Wiggan pointing

Another Acol specialty, otherwise known as Irish tuck pointing. This is based on bastard tuck jointing or tuck pointing. It is used in conjunction with colour washing a facade. As a result, this method was used to improve the appearance of poor quality brick in the nineteenth century.

Wiggan pointing or wigging is executed with a un-pigmented lime mortar joint in several ways. First of all, some mortar is trimmed away from either side of the brick to create a ribbon. Otherwise, it can be applied in a separate operation into grooved base mortar using the same mortar mix. This is then skillfully trimmed using a sharp knife known as a Frenchman to leave a slightly raised ribbon in the centre of the joint. Finally, the rest of the joint is wigged with a thin layer of brick-coloured mortar.

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Flush pointing

Joints are generally plain and finished 'flush' and flat to the wall face with a trowel.

Recessed pointing

The use of slightly recessed flush joints can be found in buildings with machine-made brick in the twentieth century.

Bucket handle pointing

Otherwise know as Concave pointing, bucket handle pointing is created with a jointing iron. The mortar is pushed up to the edge of the brick with the jointer to create a curved affect. Consequently, this  allows  water to run off the joint and achieves good resistance to rain.

Weatherstruck pointing

Weatherstruck pointing is a nineteenth century pointing profile that sees a joint formed by compressing the top part of the joint further back from the lower part. In addition, the lower point is trimmed level to the arris (edge of the brick) with a Frenchman knife. Finally, the vertical joints are sloped left to right.


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