Afraid to tackle cracked bricks? Dye some mortar for a durable and invisible repair.
Synopsis: Bricks and mortar crack with time. In this article, veteran mason John Carroll delves into the tools and techniques for repairing damaged brick masonry, including how to match the colors of new material to old, the type of mortar to use, and how to repair a brick without replacing it.
There are a lot of reasons people choose brick for a building material. It doesn’t provide an endless buffet for termites or serve as a building site for carpenter ants. Woodpeckers do not delight in drilling holes in it. It’s dimensionally stable, doesn’t rot or burn, and never needs to be painted. With all these things going for it, though, brick has an Achilles heel: It’s hard and inflexible, and it cracks under certain conditions.
Whether the cracks are caused by movement, insufficiently filled joints, or simply too many decades of being exposed to the…