Get quotes to point and replace brickwork

Owning a home that has exposed brickwork on the outside saves you from the hassle of the upkeep with costly exterior painting. Adding to the cost of painting the outside of a house is the inconvenience of most often needing to rent scaffolding during the weeks of the painting.

However, brickwork will eventually decay and the cement or lime mortar joints will crumble, no longer protecting the home from water damage, allowing the ingress of water. When you notice signs of missing mortar or crumbling cracked bricks, it is essential to call in the builder to repair the brickwork or repoint the mortar. 

Repointing the brick is called this because the builder will use a pointed trowel, chipping out the old mortar and replacing it with new mortar. Builders may refer to this process as pointing, repointing or even tuckpointing.

How often should a house be repointed?

Being exposed to weather and softer materials than brickwork, mortar joints will deteriorate over time but a well built wall of brickwork, the mortar should last for 50 years before needing to be repointed. 

During the 50 years, there may be a small section around a brick or two that would need to be tuckpointed if this was particularly exposed to more damp than the rest of the wall as mortar joints will not break down wherever water might pool around them; e.g., under a window or around a chimney.

Can you repoint over old mortar?

Houses built before World War II, the mortar is likely a mix of lime putty and sand. Houses built in the last 50 years are cement based mortar. The builder must match the mortar used otherwise it will not bound and moisture could get trapped in the wall. Traditional lime mortar flexes with the brick's movement while allowing moisture to move easily out of the wall.

The builder will be aware that placing new mortar on top of loose crumbling mortar will not work, so the builder will first dig out some of the old mortar, especially any that is loose. Then apply the layer of new fresh mortar, pushing it into the joints, having to bond solidly with the old mortar.

Crumbly or powdery mortar will be easy to scrape out but some older mortar may need to be chiselled out. The builder will be careful to not loosen or chip the bricks around the mortar, damaging brickwork.

How much will it cost to repair brickwork and repoint?

Repointing brickwork does not require expensive tools. Majority of the cost is the labour of the skilled builder and of course if any scaffolding is needed to reach higher areas of brickwork near the roof.

Finding an available builder to repoint will be easier if you are planning to do an entire wall, rather than a small section of repointing work. The benefit of repointing an entire wall, is that there will be a mortar colour match rather than obvious patchwork colour difference of a section of wall that has been tuckpointed.

Cost to repoint or repair brickwork

Per

Average total labour cost

Replacing a row of 5 bricks and repointing

Per day

£300

Repointing a small section of wall

Per day

£200

Repointing an entire terraced wall

Per day

£450

Tuckpointing a small garden wall

Per day

£200

Removing a cracked brick and pointing around the brick

Per day

£180

Repointing a 3 bed semi detached house

Per day

£1000

What to do if my brickwork is crumbing?

Water, eroding through the brick and then freezing, can cause bricks to crumble and deteriorate. This is because bricks being porous, absorb moisture very easily. Too much moisture in a brick causes a brick to lose its waterproof properties which will eventually lead to the brick eroding and crumbling. 

If some bricks in the wall are showing signs of crumbling or have deep cracks running through them, then you will need to get these bricks cut out by a builder and replaced with matching colour bricks. To avoid any structural damage to your home, it is best to not try and undertake this mammoth job yourself.

The builder will seal in the new bricks as well as cut out the old compromised mortar and replace it by repointing or tuckpointing the mortar with new mortar.

How to know when brickwork needs replacing or repointing?

If your home has exposed brickwork, when you are spending time outside, always be aware of the state your brickwork is in, especially if your home is an older house.

Some signs of deterioration to watch out for;

Damaged bricks
Not only does damaged or crumbling bricks look unsightly, but they will be allowing moisture to seep into your home and the structure of the wall may no longer be as solid. Badly damaged brickwork will need the bricks to be cut out and replaced, similarly to how one would cut out and remove a broken tile from a wall. Make sure the builder gets a brick that matches the rest of the wall.

Failed pointing
If the brickwork has been pointed incorrectly (perhaps modern cement mortar was used instead of lime mortar) this could cause the pointing to fail. It might be noticed by having frozen moisture sitting on the brickwork causing the brick to crumble.

Efflorescence
These are white deposits that form on brickwork because of dissolved salts in water rising to the surface of the brick.

Although efflorescence does not harm the brickwork, it is unsightly and if brickwork is causing efflorescence, then best to cut out and replace the bricks.

Accidentally damaged surface
If the surface of the brickwork has been cleaned with an abrasive material, and has rubbed off the protective layer of brickwork, the brick will need to be cut out and replaced as it will no longer be weather resistant, protecting your home.

Damp
Any signs of damp inside your home might be from the brickwork or the mortar allowing water to penetrate through, destroying your plaster and paint on the inside walls, leaving clear signs of damp damage. Faulty gutters can cause water to come into contact with bricks, so if you notice a gutter or downpipe leaving a lot of water on the brickwork, fix this before water starts seeping through the brickwork.


Estimates for common builder jobs;

Job Estimate
Cost to fit windows, doors and conservatories £160
Cost to build a side return extension £61000
Cost to repoint or repair brickwork £405
Cost to remove a chimney breast £800
New fitted kitchen cost £19500
Cost to lay a new driveway £3400
Cost to fit a new bathroom £8000
Cost of a loft conversion £49900
Cost to build a retaining wall £320
Basement conversion cost £43000

Rates for other trades

Repoint or repair brickwork cost in the UK
Repoint or repair brickwork cost in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges)
Location in UKRepoint or repair brickwork cost
Repoint or repair brickwork near Aberdeen£350
Repoint or repair brickwork near Amber Valley£304
Repoint or repair brickwork near Angus£295
Repoint or repair brickwork near Arun£316
Repoint or repair brickwork near Ashfield£310
Repoint or repair brickwork near Aylesbury Vale£314
Repoint or repair brickwork near Barnsley£337
Repoint or repair brickwork near Basildon£320
Repoint or repair brickwork near Basingstoke & Deane£322
Repoint or repair brickwork near Bassetlaw£299
Repoint or repair brickwork near Bath & North East Somerset£318
Repoint or repair brickwork near Bedford£341
Repoint or repair brickwork near Belfast£232
Repoint or repair brickwork near Birmingham£294
Repoint or repair brickwork near Blackburn£294
Repoint or repair brickwork near Blackpool£278
Repoint or repair brickwork near Bolton£291
Repoint or repair brickwork near Bournemouth£320
Repoint or repair brickwork near Bracknell Forest£340
Repoint or repair brickwork near Bradford£300
Repoint or repair brickwork near Braintree£312
Repoint or repair brickwork near Breckland£278
Repoint or repair brickwork near Bridgend£281
Repoint or repair brickwork near Brighton£314
Repoint or repair brickwork near Bristol£317
Repoint or repair brickwork near Broadland£271
Repoint or repair brickwork near Broxtowe£305
Repoint or repair brickwork near Bury£298
Repoint or repair brickwork near Caerphilly£278
Repoint or repair brickwork near Calderdale£285
Repoint or repair brickwork near Cambridge£329
Repoint or repair brickwork near Canterbury£289
Repoint or repair brickwork near Cardiff£277
Repoint or repair brickwork near Carmarthenshire£277
Repoint or repair brickwork near Charnwood£281
Repoint or repair brickwork near Chelmsford£317
Repoint or repair brickwork near Cheltenham£321
Repoint or repair brickwork near Cherwell£322
Repoint or repair brickwork near Chester£286
Repoint or repair brickwork near Colchester£308
Repoint or repair brickwork near Conway£281
Repoint or repair brickwork near Coventry£289
Repoint or repair brickwork near Crewe & Nantwich£316
Repoint or repair brickwork near Dacorum£332
Repoint or repair brickwork near Derby£305
Repoint or repair brickwork near Doncaster£298
Repoint or repair brickwork near Dover£289
Repoint or repair brickwork near Dudley£293
Repoint or repair brickwork near Dumfries & Galloway£260
Repoint or repair brickwork near Dundee£304
Repoint or repair brickwork near East Ayrshire£288
Repoint or repair brickwork near East Devon£262
Repoint or repair brickwork near East Dunbartonshire£311
Repoint or repair brickwork near East Hampshire£319
Repoint or repair brickwork near East Hertfordshire£339
Repoint or repair brickwork near East Lindsey£295
Repoint or repair brickwork near East Riding£299
Repoint or repair brickwork near Eastleigh£323
Repoint or repair brickwork near Edinburgh£332
Repoint or repair brickwork near Elmbridge£336
Repoint or repair brickwork near Epping Forest£330
Repoint or repair brickwork near Erewash£304
Repoint or repair brickwork near Exeter£262
Repoint or repair brickwork near Falkirk£299
Repoint or repair brickwork near Fife£317
Repoint or repair brickwork near Flintshire£289
Repoint or repair brickwork near Gateshead£317
Repoint or repair brickwork near Gedling£308
Repoint or repair brickwork near Glasgow£339
Repoint or repair brickwork near Gloucester£306
Repoint or repair brickwork near Guildford£345
Repoint or repair brickwork near Gwynedd£253
Repoint or repair brickwork near Halton£287
Repoint or repair brickwork near Harrogate£293
Repoint or repair brickwork near Havant & Waterloo£316
Repoint or repair brickwork near Highland£290
Repoint or repair brickwork near Horsham£317
Repoint or repair brickwork near Huntingdonshire£318
Repoint or repair brickwork near Ipswich£293
Repoint or repair brickwork near Isle of Wight£318
Repoint or repair brickwork near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£280
Repoint or repair brickwork near Kingston-upon-Hull£286
Repoint or repair brickwork near Kirklees£300
Repoint or repair brickwork near Knowsley£277
Repoint or repair brickwork near Lancaster£294
Repoint or repair brickwork near Leeds£300
Repoint or repair brickwork near Leicester£274
Repoint or repair brickwork near Lisburn£233
Repoint or repair brickwork near Liverpool£281
Repoint or repair brickwork near London£332
Repoint or repair brickwork near Luton£326
Repoint or repair brickwork near Macclesfield£297
Repoint or repair brickwork near Maidstone£330
Repoint or repair brickwork near Manchester£295
Repoint or repair brickwork near Mid Bedfordshire£337
Repoint or repair brickwork near Mid Sussex£314
Repoint or repair brickwork near Middlesbrough£303
Repoint or repair brickwork near Milton Keynes£331
Repoint or repair brickwork near Neath Port Talbot£286
Repoint or repair brickwork near New Forest£325
Repoint or repair brickwork near Newbury£317
Repoint or repair brickwork near Newcastle-under-Lyme£291
Repoint or repair brickwork near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£320
Repoint or repair brickwork near Newport£287
Repoint or repair brickwork near North Ayrshire£305
Repoint or repair brickwork near North East Lincolnshire£303
Repoint or repair brickwork near North Hertfordshire£337
Repoint or repair brickwork near North Lanarkshire£301
Repoint or repair brickwork near North Lincolnshire£279
Repoint or repair brickwork near North Somerset£316
Repoint or repair brickwork near North Tyneside£329
Repoint or repair brickwork near North Wiltshire£306
Repoint or repair brickwork near Northampton£321
Repoint or repair brickwork near Norwich£274
Repoint or repair brickwork near Nottingham£308
Repoint or repair brickwork near Nuneaton & Bedworth£290
Repoint or repair brickwork near Oldham£297
Repoint or repair brickwork near Oxford£327
Repoint or repair brickwork near Pembrokeshire£240
Repoint or repair brickwork near Perth & Kinross£312
Repoint or repair brickwork near Peterborough£311
Repoint or repair brickwork near Plymouth£304
Repoint or repair brickwork near Poole£322
Repoint or repair brickwork near Portsmouth£314
Repoint or repair brickwork near Powys£290
Repoint or repair brickwork near Preston£295
Repoint or repair brickwork near Reading£339
Repoint or repair brickwork near Redcar & Cleveland£308
Repoint or repair brickwork near Reigate & Banstead£337
Repoint or repair brickwork near Renfrewshire£349
Repoint or repair brickwork near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£273
Repoint or repair brickwork near Rochdale£296
Repoint or repair brickwork near Rotherham£333
Repoint or repair brickwork near Salford£292
Repoint or repair brickwork near Salisbury£373
Repoint or repair brickwork near Sandwell£292
Repoint or repair brickwork near Scarborough£290
Repoint or repair brickwork near Scottish Borders£360
Repoint or repair brickwork near Sefton£284
Repoint or repair brickwork near Sevenoaks£330
Repoint or repair brickwork near Sheffield£340
Repoint or repair brickwork near Slough£341
Repoint or repair brickwork near Solihull£289
Repoint or repair brickwork near South Ayrshire£293
Repoint or repair brickwork near South Bedfordshire£341
Repoint or repair brickwork near South Cambridgeshire£334
Repoint or repair brickwork near South Gloucestershire£315
Repoint or repair brickwork near South Kesteven£286
Repoint or repair brickwork near South Lanarkshire£277
Repoint or repair brickwork near South Oxfordshire£330
Repoint or repair brickwork near South Somerset£349
Repoint or repair brickwork near South Tyneside£323
Repoint or repair brickwork near Southampton£320
Repoint or repair brickwork near Southend-on-Sea£309
Repoint or repair brickwork near St Albans£334
Repoint or repair brickwork near St Helens£278
Repoint or repair brickwork near Stafford£306
Repoint or repair brickwork near Stockport£300
Repoint or repair brickwork near Stockton-on-Tees£306
Repoint or repair brickwork near Stoke-on-Trent£293
Repoint or repair brickwork near Stratford-on-Avon£294
Repoint or repair brickwork near Stroud£304
Repoint or repair brickwork near Suffolk Coastal£277
Repoint or repair brickwork near Sunderland£316
Repoint or repair brickwork near Swale£307
Repoint or repair brickwork near Swansea£301
Repoint or repair brickwork near Tameside£300
Repoint or repair brickwork near Teignbridge£286
Repoint or repair brickwork near Tendring£300
Repoint or repair brickwork near Test Valley£306
Repoint or repair brickwork near Thamesdown£305
Repoint or repair brickwork near Thanet£268
Repoint or repair brickwork near The Wrekin£321
Repoint or repair brickwork near Thurrock£323
Repoint or repair brickwork near Torbay£305
Repoint or repair brickwork near Trafford£299
Repoint or repair brickwork near Vale of Glamorgan£279
Repoint or repair brickwork near Vale of White Horse£320
Repoint or repair brickwork near Vale Royal£292
Repoint or repair brickwork near Wakefield£300
Repoint or repair brickwork near Walsall£294
Repoint or repair brickwork near Warrington£295
Repoint or repair brickwork near Warwick£293
Repoint or repair brickwork near Waveney£300
Repoint or repair brickwork near Waverley£344
Repoint or repair brickwork near Wealden£311
Repoint or repair brickwork near West Lancashire£281
Repoint or repair brickwork near West Lothian£324
Repoint or repair brickwork near West Wiltshire£306
Repoint or repair brickwork near Wigan£285
Repoint or repair brickwork near Windsor & Maidenhead£342
Repoint or repair brickwork near Wirral£283
Repoint or repair brickwork near Wokingham£339
Repoint or repair brickwork near Wolverhampton£294
Repoint or repair brickwork near Wrexham Maelor£299
Repoint or repair brickwork near Wychavon£295
Repoint or repair brickwork near Wycombe£335
Repoint or repair brickwork near York£288