What Are The Different Types Of Brick Mortar?
CTV3 Enterprises Outlines Different Types Of Brick Mortar
Ferndale, MI – While speaking before a group of landlords and real estate investors concerning aspects of tuckpointing, Casey Thebolt of CTV3 Enterprises was asked: What are the different types of brick mortar? To learn about tuckpointing see: http://www.michigantuckpointing.blogspot.com/
“Most people are not aware that there are four major classifications of brick mortar. They are distinguished by their compressive strength, water retention, and functionality,” he said in the introduction to his answer. For a greater, in-depth discussion, visit: http://www.astm.org/Standards/C270.htm
“The first major classification isType M: This is the strongest mortar available to the average person. It is very often used in stonework because the chemical composition is similar to stone and the adhesion properties for stone are superior. Since its compressive strength is great, it is an outstanding choice for foundations, below grade brickwork, weight bearing walls and driveways. Although it has excellent adhesion for stone, it often is a poor choice for certain types of brick. Although this mixture is very strong, it is considered very difficult to use,” Thebolt stated.
“The second kind is Type N: This mixture is of medium strength, and is ideal for chimneys, garden or landscape retaining walls. It is good for above grade and can withstand the elements, including severe cold and heat. It is considered easy to use. This type of mortar takes approximately one month to cure, at which time it reaches its maximum strength,” he added.
“The third major kind of mortar is Type O: This mortar has the lowest compressive strength and normally is best used indoors. When it is applied outside it should be used only above grade and in non-load bearing situations. It is very easy to use,” he explained.
“The fourth kind of mortar is Type S: This mortar has relatively high compressive strength, yet is somewhat easy to work with. It is often used below grade including for the use of foundations,” he said.
“My explanation here today is only a very simple outline of the varying types of mortar. When applied to the different types of bricks, one mortar might work very well while another won’t. This is usually due to the water absorption rates of diverse kinds of brick. An experienced brick repair artisan consulted if there are any questions about which type of mortar to use. To learn more about CTV3 Enterprises, visit: http://ctv3enterprises.com/ or call 248-906-2883.
About Casey Thebolt:
Casey Thebolt is CEO of CTV3 Enterprises and Metro Detroit Masonry. He has years of experience and is well regarded as an accomplished artisan in the fields of brick repair, porch repair, and tuck pointing. He may be contacted at 248-906-2883 or Email: email@example.com
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