While brick and stone surfaces seem to be nearly indestructible just by their design, they do have natural weaknesses to water and weather exposure, and to time. A brick wall built correctly will provide a home with a strong moisture barrier. However, water is a patient adversary and given time and the smallest of opportunities can begin a process which will become a costly endeavor if left unattended. If you live in an area where cold temperatures are a part of the equation, the freezing and thawing of moisture within the brick will take its toll on masonry products.
While one cracked brick may not seem like a serious concern, if it allows a steady access of water into the cavities of a wall the result can be significant internal water damage or black mold on interior walls. If the fault is in a chimney stack you could even have water damage to multiple floors inside your home. Don't allow the expense of a damaged brick to escalate to a serious structural expense.
Cracks in a brick wall could also be the result of a shifting structural foundation, and fixing a few bricks may not be enough to mitigate the problem. In this regard you definitely want to leave it to a skilled craftsman to assess the situation.
Replacing a brick or even multiple bricks is generally an easy repair for a professional to tackle. In some cases a home owner may choose to tackle the task and the result may be adequate, but why take the chance. When you hire a professional mason to do the job, you can rest easy knowing the job will be completed right and often guaranteed to look great and function as intended.
**Color Matching** It's not enough to just replace a group of bricks. You've most likely seen an example where a section of brick was replaced with no attempt to color match bricks or mortar. The result may look sound but aesthetically sticks out like a sore thumb.
A master bricklayer will be skilled at mixing mortars to achieve a color that blends well, and will also know where to find replacement bricks to match the existing ones, regardless of how old the originals may be. After all, you want the results to not only be sound, but to look great as well. Brick and stone always look good when done right!
Leave the work to the professionals! We will be able to assess what needs to be done, perform the work safely and effectively, and leave you satisfied with the result. We will know how to handle simple and complex jobs. We will be familiar with how to complete work in less than ideal weather conditions (different conditions will impact how mortar sets). We will know how to complete a task with minimal mess, which is particularly important on an interior project.
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