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Wiggan pointing and wiggan repointing

Wiggan pointing and wiggan repointing are acol specialties. Otherwise known as Irish tuck pointing, this technique 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,wiggan repointing 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.


Wiggan pointing specialists acol

acol Ltd specialises in all forms of brick pointing and brick repointing. However we excel in wiggan pointing and wiggan repointing techniques. acol ltd has completed wigging work on many of Ireland's most historic buildings.

As with all of our pointing techniques, we always use a lime mortar mix for wiggan pointing. Lime mortar enables water to flow easily from a building facade. Alternatively concrete mortar traps water, which then freezes and expands, damaging brickwork.

Our team of traditional craftspeople are highly skilled in all forms of brick repointing, brick repair and brick pointing. So, should there be a mix of techniques be required, such as flush or tuck pointing or even stone pointing, our team are well placed to carry out the work. As a result, acol repairs and restores external facades on any period or historic buildings, or modern buildings.

On every project our surveyor assesses a building. They then make recommendations as to what 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.