Whether you’re building or repairing a deck supported by a brick wall, you might want to ensure its integrity. The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (IACHI) affirms that brick walls can last for at least 100 years or more. However, for that to happen, you would have to maintain the walls by replacing missing or worn out tuckpointing. You probably get mandatory inspections at least once a year to identify the possibility of wearing out, leakages, cracks, and damaged mortar and cracks. But, if you’re planning to have a deck built, our inspectors scrutinize the brick walls for any signs of wear or damage.
Installing the Deck May Need Masonry and Tuckpointing
When attaching the deck, builders may need to drill ledger walls into the bricks up to depths of 75mm or 3 inches. Next, they use lag screws to affix the deck securely. Most importantly, decks should be installed at a gap of at least 10mm from the house’s main exterior wall. We call in teams of experts who are well-trained in building new walls or using tuckpointing to repair existing walls so they are strong enough to support the weight of the new patio.
Outdoor Fireplaces and Kitchens May Need Brick or Stone Walls
Many homeowners choose to get a fireplace to add an ambiance of warmth to the spaces. In that case, you would need a brick or stone heat-resistant area for building a fire. Expert masons are called in to build the site for you. Furthermore, if you want to build an outdoor kitchen with a cooktop oven or barbecue station, you will need a brick or stone wall to eliminate fire hazards. These are just a few examples where masonry and tuckpointing are required when building a deck.
In addition to functionality, brick veneers add beauty and aesthetics to any outdoor or indoor space. Count on us to create a customized deck design that combines beauty and functionality.