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Tuck pointing by acol ltd

Tuck pointing is jointing technique first associated with late 17th century English brickwork. It grew in popularity in the 18th century, and continued through and 19th and into the early 20th century.

Tuck pointing is a most highly skilled pointing technique, at which acol ltd excels. Most noteworthy, it gives the illusion of finely jointed gauged brickwork on facades. This is achieved in part by pigmenting the pointing mortar to match the facing brick. Then, over this, a narrow ribbon of light coloured pointing material of sifted lime mixed with silica sand is skillfully applied or ‘tucked’ onto the grooved of prepared joints. Finally, it is trimmed to size.

What is the difference between wiggan pointing and tuck pointing?

Tuck pointing and wiggan pointing are very similar. However, there small but important differences. Wiggan pointing or wigging is a unique Irish pointing technique. It  imitates the visual aesthetic of English tuck pointing. As already stated, in tuck pointing the mortar is pigmented. Then the craftsman applies a ribbon of light material over this. In contrast, with wigging the ribbon and stopping material are uniform and they are formed in single application. The craftsman then applies a colour mortar over this to give definition to the ribbon. Finally, the craftsman completes the process with a unifying colour washing of the facade brickwork.

Tuck point is a most highly skilled pointing technique that acol ltd has employed on a number of high profile projects. It is also a technique that can be combined with other pointing techniques where required or specified.

A note about the importance of lime mortar

As you will find elsewhere on this website acol only uses lime mortar mixes for all pointing. Using cement to repair or repoint a wall that was originally built using lime mortar pointing will result is many long term problems for softer bricks. Too rigid a joint will affect thermal movement or egress of moisture from the wall. Consequently, this causes cracking and damage to brickwork.

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