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Repairing a Brick Wall That Has Shifted or Buckled

Common Defects in Brick Masonry Leading to the Need for Restoration Services

Restoration ServicesWhen homeowners or building contractors want to use a strong and enduring material for a particular structure, their thoughts may immediately turn to brick; whether for the exterior of a home, a chimney, an archway, or a backyard fire pit, brick actually offers a number of advantages over other types of construction materials:

  • Strength – high compressive qualities (capacity to withstand loads)
  • Aesthetic Appeal – available in a variety of styles, colours, textures
  • Porosity – an ability to absorb or release moisture (humidity control)
  • Fire Protection – up to a maximum of six hours (if installed properly)
  • Insulation – ability to absorb or release heat (temperature regulation)
  • Durability – excellent wear resistance (bears damage from normal use)

However, despite all of these qualities, even bricks do not last forever; and depending on certain circumstances, a brick structure might lean, shift, or buckle well in advance of its projected lifespan. And when any such defects occur in brick masonry, the structure can seem dilapidated and weak, a far cry from the strength and appeal commonly associated with a building material that has been used around the world for centuries.

There are several factors that can contribute to defects in brick masonry and thus a need for professional masonry restoration services; the most influential factors can include:

  • Frost
  • Settlement
  • Impact damage
  • Thermal expansion
  • Moisture penetration
  • Improper construction
  • Incorrect choice of mortar
  • Sandblasting/high-pressure washing
  • Lack of support during door/window replacement

Signs that a brick wall or a brick foundation has suffered a problem or problems to some degree would usually consist of one or more of the following:

  • Leaning or tilting
  • Cracks/separation
  • Bulging or bowing out
  • Loose or missing mortar
  • Spalling (chipped or flaked bricks)
  • Efflorescence (white crystals on face)

If the issue is comparatively minor, i.e. one or two loose bricks or some cracked mortar, homeowners may opt to do their own repairs (How to Repair Loose or Damaged Bricks in Chimneys, Walls, and Walkways).

However, should the brick wall or structure be leaning, bowing out, bulging, etc., repair work will probably be far more extensive, and homeowners would be well-advised to call on the professionals at Avenue Road Roofing for their expertise in masonry restoration.

Due to the potential structural implications of substantial defects in brick masonry or in a brick foundation, not to mention the ultimate repair costs, the root cause of the problem must be resolved before the affected section or sections can be repaired or replaced. To that end, the masonry specialists at Avenue Road Roofing will take the following actions before performing any restoration work:

  • Identify the reason for the shift, lean, or buckle
  • Recommend the most appropriate course of action
  • Address the source (repairs, structural reinforcement)
  • Apply the proper brick wall or foundation repair methods
  • Guarantee their workmanship and 100% customer satisfaction

It is of the utmost importance to repair any brick wall, foundation, or other construction that has shifted or buckled in an immediate and effective way; that will not only restore its integrity but it can also safeguard or salvage the reliability of any adjoining structures or that of the home itself. The masonry division team from Avenue Road Roofing offers the skill and knowledge that homeowners need in these circumstances and thereby avert more extensive and unnecessary repair work and costs.

Expert Masonry Restoration from Small-Scale Repairs to Large-Scale Rebuilds

Shifted or Buckled BrickAvenue Road Roofing offers a comprehensive range of professional masonry restoration services, from small-scale repairs or large-scale rebuilds. The experts from the masonry division of Avenue Road Roofing can competently restore or replace brick structures that include but are not limited to:

  • Arches
  • Chimneys
  • Fireplaces
  • Window sills
  • Parapet walls
  • External walls
  • Retaining walls
  • Building foundations
  • Walks, steps, porches

See for additional information on the entire scope of masonry repair and restoration services available from Avenue Road Roofing.

If you have a brick wall, foundation, or other type of brick construction that has shifted or buckled and is in need of prompt and professional repair, call the masonry restoration specialists at Avenue Road Roofing today at 416-785-5129 or contact us to request a no-obligation consultation and estimate at your earliest convenience.

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Repairing a Brick Wall That Has Shifted or Buckled
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When homeowners or building contractors want to use a strong and enduring material for a particular structure, their thoughts may immediately turn to brick; whether for the exterior of a home, a chimney, an archway, or a backyard fire pit, brick actually offers a number of advantages over other types of construction materials
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