With over 20 years of experience, Gladstone Tuck Pointing and Restoration are specialists in tuck pointing, brick and stone cleaning and the restoration of historic buildings across London and the South East. For more information about our services, please contact us today.
About Gladstone Tuck Pointing & Restoration
As members of the Guild of Master Craftsmen, we are specialists in tuck pointing, brick/stone cleaning and the restoration of historic buildings across London and the South East - including the Royal Palaces and Whitehall.
Tuck pointing is a highly skilled and refined method of pointing or re-pointing brickwork, whereby a coloured mortar joint is placed to match the brick and grooved while 'green' or fresh to receive a separate and carefully placed lime putty and silver sand ribbon. The ribbon is then neatly trimmed to a smaller scale to form a precise, raised profile. Its historical intention was originally to create the illusion of accurately laid, cut, rubbed and gauged brickwork on a standard brickwork façade, constructed of often irregular bricks. In the nineteenth century, however, it was often resorted to as a means to disguise inferior brickwork.
Generally, until the nineteenth century the projecting ribbon was of a neutral, white or cream-coloured mortar but subsequently, a fashion for coloured ribbons, especially black, though occasionally red and sometimes brown were also used.
Today tuck pointing is rarely employed on newly constructed brickwork being reserved mainly for re-pointing old brickwork known to have had tuck pointing as the original, or earlier joint finish.
For more information about our services or for advice on stone and brick work, please contact us today.
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