Heritage & Restoration Works

Heritage Building & Restoration Works

Stetton Brickword have a real passion, understanding and dedication to the history, technology and practice of historic period facades. Our main aim is to restore your brick facade back to its highest standard based on our understanding of the property using traditional materials and building work craftsmanship.

As soon as you start to study old buildings and how to care for them the first thing you become aware of is the importance of using traditional materials. At Stretton Brickwork we understand the fabric of the building and this is why we only use these traditional materials.

Too often we see modern materials such as cement used to repoint Victorian, Edwardian, and Georgian brick facades. Period properties were built so that the building could breathe, moisture would be absorbed into its fabric and that moisture would naturally dry out again.

This is possibly the most significant element to maintaining the ‘health’ of the wall and enhancing the appearance. The correct repointing can assist in waterproofing and stabilizing the walls of the structure, extend the life of the wall and individual stones and enhance the visual qualities of natural stone walls. The importance of this cannot be over-emphasized. Incorrect pointing can seriously reduce the performance of a wall and by implication a building. Water can become trapped behind dense mortar and not evaporate, and this poor work can result in physical damage to the stone and brick.

The most common problem with old houses is flaking brick and spalling stone, which can almost always be traced back to when the joints were raked out, and cement mortar used to re-point them. If cement mortar is used, water will not escape the walls, and you will have damp problems inside the house as well. This is one of the common causes of so-called rising damp – it is nothing to do with rising damp, and the solution is NEVER an injection damp proof course! This is death to an old house – you must ALWAYS rake out the joints and re-point using lime mortar, which should have NO portland cement in it.

Another consideration is that these ‘solid wall’ houses were built to ‘move’ – the lime mortar is flexible. It actually moves and self heals – if a small crack develops because the house settles a little, or brickwork moves, the crack heals – lime has this amazing property of actually taking in water and carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and growing tiny calcite crystals which span the cavity of the crack, and tie it together again.

Using cement based compounds is an absolute no-no – this introduces rigidity, and in an old house which needs to move, cement just cracks and falls off within a short period of time – it is useless, and a completely inappropriate material to use.

What Services Do We Offer?

Being a locally established business, we have an intricate understanding of the West Midlands area, and we are committed to making sure our customers receive exceptional service with high-quality products. Below are some of the most common services we offer:

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