Brick and Mortar

Brick and Mortar


Mortar
Repairs
References

Historic brick—17th–19th century

♦  Softer brick that needs to breath
♦  Necessitates softer mortar
♦  Many variations

Modern brick—mid-20th century

♦  Harder brick that does not need to breathe as much
♦  Harder mortar is more acceptable

References

NPS Preservation Brief 1 – Assessing Cleaning and Water-Repellent Treatments for Historic Masonry Buildings by Robert C. Mack, FAIA, and Anne E. Grimmer
https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs/1-cleaning-water-repellent.htm

NPS Preservation Brief  2—Repointing Mortar Joints in Historic Masonry Buildings by Robert C. Mack, FAIA, and John P. Speweik
http://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs/2-repoint-mortar-joints.htm

See also Brief 6—Abrasive Cleaners, 15Concrete, 38Graffiti, 42Cast Stone
http://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs.htm

Preservation Brief 6—Dangers of Abrasive Cleaning to Historic Buildings by Anne E. Grimmer
http://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs/6-dangers-abrasive-cleaning.htm

NPS Preservation Brief 39—Controlling Unwanted Moisture in Historic Buildings by Sharon C. Park, AIA
http://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs/39-control-unwanted-moisture.htm

Striking and Pointing Brickwork—DIYData.com
http://www.diydata.com/techniques/brickwork/pointing/pointing.php

Eurotech—Historic Masonry Restoration Information
http://eurotechusops.com/historic-masonry-restoration/


1 Excerpt from, Repairing & Maintaining Historic Brick in the Butte Area, Alex Brown & Kelly Speer.

2 Quote from, A Handbook and Resource Guide for Owners of Virginia’s Historic Houses, Camille Agricola Bowman, Virginia Department of Historic Resources