REPOINTING

REPOINTING

If the building or structure in question was built before 1920 you can almost guarantee it was built with lime mortar and even then most buildings were still being constructed from lime mortar right up to the end of the 1940’s.
The importance of using lime mortar to restore and repair any building constructed from lime is essential
If a cementitious mortar is used then not only does your contracted builder display complete ignorance regarding masonry restoration, the whole process is a complete waste of both your time and money, proving vastly expensive in time to come. To explain this in simple terms, lime mortar is designed to hold the brick and stone apart forming a cushion between each separate building material, this allows for any movement within the structure and therefore giving the building a longer life. Cement, however, is designed to stick each unit firmly together. All it can do is fracture and crack, creating an opening for damp. All buildings will move, even if only slightly, so when a building is restored correctly, both the building and the re-pointing will move in harmony with each other. Whereas cement has no give and will crack and separate and quite simply fall out from the joints.

There is no reason why cement should be used instead of lime as the costs are similar. Any restoration contractor will tell you their love for lime, “it just needs a little nursing when using it” a craft which sadly has been forgotten since the widespread use of cement.

JP – EATON-TERRY CLARK PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, EXMOUTH

We have recently used Oldburys to undertake repointing work on our Victorian office building and also to replace incorrect pointing at one of our rental properties. In both cases, long-standing issues with water ingress and condensation have been solved. Jon’s knowledge of buildings (especially older ones) and his advice has also been taken on several other matters and we plan to use his company further.”

POINTING

Pointing a Victorian terrace house. Excellent workmanship, carried out promptly at a very fair price.

EXCELLENT SERVICE BY FINE CRAFTSMEN

John repointed the “skirt” of our house in 2015 and then did some remedial work after other workmen had dislodged some of the pointing. At all times we were completely confident in John’s advice and his attention to detail in carrying out the works. His work has restored very tired brickwork to its classical best for a 1920s house. We are extremely pleased and would have no hesitation in recommending him.

EXCELLENT RE POINTING

Jon repointed our 1905 terraced house in Exeter. He and Josh did a great job and house looks great and is definitely much warmer. We would definitely recommend Oldbury’s.

RE-POINTING ON VICTORIAN PROPERTY

Oldbury’s re-pointed the rear addition of our property in Exeter. The original pointing was in bad condition and had been subject to numerous patch-ups. Oldbury’s did a wonderful job – the addition now looks like new.
I am very happy to recommend Oldbury’s. The quote Jon provided for the work was very competitive, he arrived on time, worked hard through the day, and left the property as he had found it in the morning.

WORK ON LISTED BUILDING

A friend recommended Oldbury’s to me as I needed my chimney rebuilt on my Grade 2 listed property. Jon and his apprentice were hard working, knowledgeable and conscientious. I was kept informed about the progress of the work on a daily basis and invited up the scaffold to see the work being carried out. I have no problem in recommending them and will be using their services again. My elderly neighbour has also used Oldbury’s on my recommendation and has been very happy with the work carried out.

CHIMNEY FLASHING AND REPOINTING

Jon did a really good for us. Friendly, approachable and trustworthy builder. Thanks very much.

LYMPSTONE DRAINAGE

Jon delivered a French drain at the rear of our terraced property. Originally, a poor drainage solution existed which had caused severe damp to the external wall. Jon understood our requirements immediately and was able to recommend an expedient and cost effective solution, which was delivered with the minimum of fuss. His professionalism was particularly appreciated as I am currently out of the country and trying to manage the works remotely. A professional, delivering high standard, high value works. Highly recommended.

FOUR HUNDRED YEAR OLD COTTAGE IN LYMPSTONE

Oldbury’s did a fantastic job on the re-pointing of our very old cottage, part of a traditional Devon Long House. Traditional lime based mortar was used in keeping with the materials and workmanship originally used to build the property. Care and attention to detail are obviously second nature to Jon and his colleagues.

QUICK CONTACT

Telephone

01395-262200

mobile

07766-795357

Email

Jonoldbury@live.co.uk

Address

98 St Andrews Road, Exmouth
Devon, EX8 1AT

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AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Repointing
  • Arch & Lintel Replacement
  • Sympathetic Wall Tie Replacement
  • Chimney Repairs
  • Property Renovations & Extenstions

QUICK CONTACT

Tel: 01395-262200
Mobile: 07766-795357
Email: Jonoldbury@live.co.uk

98 St Andrews Road, Exmouth
Devon, EX8 1AT