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Mortar Techniques

THE IMPORTANCE OF MORTAR.           

distinctive morar techniques.

The color hue and the mortar joint method of your project can make a big impact on the final look of your BrickCraft installation.  Any of the five popular grout techniques show here will not only give you the old-world charm you desire, but will ensure watertight properties and maintain the structural integrity of free standing walls.

CONCAVE JOINT

CONCAVE JOINT

Concave joint is made with the help of a curved steel jointing tool.  This isa popular mortar joint type practiced due to its high resistance to rain water penetration and tight sealing property.  The tool used in this work will let the mortar remain tight.  A properly placed mortar joint will help to resist the water penetration efficiently.

STICKRAKEDBRUSHED BRICKMORTAR

RAKED JOINT

A standard joint - raked - is achieved by laying each brick roughly one finger width apart from each other, then grouting between each stone.  The semi-dry mortar is later "raked" with a variety of tools ultimately  achieving a consistent depth.

OVERMORTAR BRICKMORTAR

OVERGROUT JOINT

Overgrout - an increasingly popular way to achieve a rustic and aged appearance.  The joints are widening, dry, irregular and overlaps the face of the brick.

FLUSHTROWELED BRICKMORTAR

FLUSH JOINT

A flush joint is when a trowel is held flat against the brick and moved along the surface, so as to cut away the excess mortar.  The resulting joint is flush with the brick.

GRAPEVINE BRICKMORTAR

GRAPEVINE JOINT

A grapevine joint is created by dragging a thin, blunt instrument (not unlike a twig) along the middle of the wet grout - horizontally and vertically - scores the grout leavinga thin linear cavity.

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