7 Ways to Identify When It’s Time to Replace a Flat Roof

Time to replace flat roof with water damage

Maybe you’ve experienced a couple leaks, or you noticed a few things off about your flat roof, so you’re wondering, “can I just get it repaired, or is it time to replace the whole thing?” Don’t worry, the experts at Ferguson Roofing are here to help you. In this blog, we’ll be covering 7 ways to identify when it’s time for you to replace your flat roof and what to do next.

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Is Tuckpointing Necessary?

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Our St. Louis homes are beautiful – some new, some old, but all full of character. Think of the house you grew up in, the middle school you went to, the office building you work from, and the current place you live. Just as we have grown up, so have our brick buildings. This is where tuckpointing comes in.

This job repairs the worn-out mortar between bricks. While bricks can last for up to a century, mortar has a lifespan of about 25 years. When mortar joints become damaged, it’s necessary to repair the affected areas with tuckpointing.

Reasons You Need Tuckpointing

There are telltale signs of when tuckpointing is needed. Recessed joints mean the mortar is going to dust and preventative maintenance is required. You don’t want water sitting in the recesses, as this creates further damage down the road.

Stress cracks are very common around windows and above doors. These cracks usually go through the mortar. Yet, you could have a stress crack that goes right through the bricks, in which case you’ll need the bricks replaced.

Mortar can fail for several reasons. Any water that sits in the mortar joint can freeze and expand in the winter, producing cracks. Harsh chemicals, like the burning oil and coal used in chimneys, can lead to corrosion over time. And problems with the original construction, like poorly mixed mortar, can lead to future issues.

With so many other things to do around the house, it can be tempting to put off tuckpointing. After all, it can feel like housework is never done. However, tuckpointing prevents:

  • water and insects from entering your home
  • wasps from building nests in-between layers of bricks
  • the face of the brick from falling off
  • rotting bricks from water damage

Going over what could go wrong makes it plain to see why the proper masonry repairs are a necessity.

How is Tuckpointing Done?

Here are the steps of tuckpointing, broken down to the basics. First, about an inch of the joint is removed. This is the line of mortar between the bricks. Tools used for this step can be a grinder, saw, or hammer and chisel. Then a tuckpointing bag, much like an icing bag used on a cake, is used to fill the mortar joint.

The next step is to wait for the mortar to set. How long it takes depends on the weather conditions and how much water the bricks have absorbed over the years. Stone, clay, and concrete bricks absorb different amounts of water, also affecting the drying time. Once dry, a finishing tool shapes the joint to be concave, v-shaped, flush with the brick, or more. Finally, a mason’s brush is used to clean the bricks.

What Ferguson Roofing Can Do

For best results, hire an expert in tuckpointing in St. Louis. At Ferguson Roofing, services include crack repairs and brick replacement, tuckpointing and repointing, waterproofing and sealing, and more. Count on our experts to match the color of the existing mortar and maintain the beautiful, unique style of your building.

Do you think the mortar on your residential or commercial building needs repair? Call us today at (314) 521-6917 to learn more or schedule a free evaluation!

Flat Roofing Options

Flat Roofing Options

Flat roofs, while most thought of on commercial spaces, are actually quite common on residential homes too. However, picking the correct flat roof for your space requires a substantial amount of research so you know you’re getting the best deal for your money. At Ferguson Roofing, we know a new roof is an investment in your property, so we’re here to help you pick the right flat roof for you!

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Financing with Ferguson Roofing

Financing

If you’re looking to have work done on the exterior of your home or business this summer, then look no further than Ferguson Roofing. We have been family-owned and operated for over 80 years and we continue to offer free estimates throughout St. Louis. During this process, one of our professional representatives will visit your property and provide you with a thorough proposal. Once you have seen your estimate, it’s important to understand how payment works. You can either make one payment upfront or finance with us through GreenSky®.

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3 Key Summertime Home Services

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After a long winter and what felt like a shorter spring than normal, summer has finally arrived! If you missed your chance to make home improvements during the slightly cooler months of March through May, now’s your chance to make up for lost time. Make sure to get started sooner rather than later – all of that work is going to become even harder as the temperature outside rises. Luckily for you, Ferguson Roofing offers 3 key services you should consider utilizing in the summertime.

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9 Common Types of Shingles for Your Home

common types of shingles

At some point in every homeowner’s life, the roof will need to be replaced. When the time comes to replace your roofing system, you’ll have a wide variety of shingle materials to choose from. But which one is the best type for your home’s unique needs? Learn all about these common types of shingles to find out which might suit your home the best!

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How Ferguson Roofing Can Help Your Business

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Business owners know that replacing the roof is a large capital expense. Before you even consider doing so, however, it’s important to have an understanding of the short-term and long-term goals for your building. Fortunately, Ferguson Roofing’s commercial division is made up of experts who will help you to assess these goals and decide how to best move forward.

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How Often Should Tuckpointing Be Done? We Have the Answers.

how often should tuckpointing be done

If you stroll along the streets of St. Louis and its beautiful neighborhoods, you’ll find plenty of gorgeous architecture, especially homes and commercial buildings clad in brick. These structures, which have been standing for decades, often have incredible curbside appeal because of their masonry work, particularly tuckpointing. Without it, these buildings would easily crumble. But how often does tuckpointing need to be done? What are the signs that your brick home, business, or chimney needs tuckpointing services? Find out by reading our blog below:

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Why a Home’s Siding is Important

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There’s a good chance that when you’re looking to buy a new home, one of the last things on your mind is going to be the functionality of its siding. Mostly known its looks, siding actually plays a larger role than simply offering curbside appeal. Luckily, it’s not something that should make or break your purchase as it can easily be replaced. That’s why Ferguson Roofing is providing you with a few notes on why a home’s siding is important.

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What Kind of Roof Damage Will My Insurance Cover?

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We don’t seem to worry too much about the roof until a storm blows through town, leaving a trail of damage in its wake. It’s wise to keep an eye on your roof’s condition no matter the weather and take time to maintain it properly year-round. You should also give your insurance agent a call to see what kind of damage your policy may cover – before the next storm wreaks havoc in your neighborhood. While insurance policies may not be completely the same, they often share a lot of similarities. Here’s what you can expect when it comes to general roof damage and what your policy may cover:

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