BRICK CRACK REPAIR OF HOUSTON AND DALLAS
Brick Crack Repair
Brick crack repair is our specialty. Cracks in brick, stone, and stucco are often the result of foundation problems, but may also be caused by deterioration, foundation settlement, vehicle damage, design flaw, or a combination of these factors. Left untreated, masonry cracks can lead to further damage from structural instability and water leaking.
Solution: Our exclusive Chameleon Compound is a patented synthetic product that has tested superior to traditional materials in masonry crack repair.
At the hands of a skilled technician Chameleon is expertly mixed for a custom color and texture match. The specially formulated acrylic fuses with the existing material and offers the additional properties of flexibility that is critical to achieving a lasting repair as the structure continues normal movement & settling.
Chameleon, as its name suggests, can be applied to any masonry surface – brick, mortar, stucco, etc. – and leaves the repair virtually undetectable.
CRACK REPAIR EXPERTS
The first critical step in any brick crack repair is to properly identify what needs to be done. Some minor imperfections in your brickwork may not require repair at all, such as fine hairline cracks or minor erosion of mortar. However, delaying other repairs could allow damage to other components of your home.
For example, broken brick and cracked mortar joints wider than 1/16” not only look bad, but also allow water to penetrate that can lead to additional problems.
Proper Brick Matching is Essential: Damaged, cracked, or severely deteriorated brick should almost always be sawed out of the wall and replaced with new bricks. If matching brick is unavailable, we have a huge network of vendors to find the exact match. We not only have a large inventory of rare and hard-to-find brick, but we also specialize in ‘brick cloning‘ to ensure an exact match.
What You Need To Know About Cracked Bricks
When you’ve decided that it’s time to fix those pesky brick cracks around the exterior of your home or building, it’s vital to start the brick crack repair process correctly. Before any brick work is to be done, the first step is determine the cause of the brick cracks because if you do not address the root cause of the cracked bricks then the bricks will surely crack soon after they’re repaired.
The primary cause of cracked bricks in the Greater Houston Area is shifting or settling foundations. This occurs when the soil underneath your home or building’s foundation begins to shift or settle. This is nothing to be immediately alarmed by as all foundations move, it’s just a matter of controlling the extent of the movement.
If you are experience shifting or settling then it’s time to call in a foundation expert that can come in and evaluate the foundation and confirm that it is “performing as intended” (that’s inspector and foundation jargon for “everything is OK”). Also, the foundation assessment should be FREE and if the assessor is using anything other than a yellow Ziplevel device, let them finish up and listen to what they say and then never call them again. We’ve seen “assessors” use a hand level on a door frame and then hand over a $20,000 quote for foundation repair.
The real pros will provide an electronic report with digital height readings for each corner of the property.
There are definitely plenty of foundation companies to choose but it’s important to know a little before making any calls.
In our experience, there are two types of foundation companies. Type A will assess the foundation and insert piers only where needed to level the structure out. Type B will insert ALL new piers around the perimeter to level off the structure.
As you can guess, both of these companies can help you achieve your desired results of a functioning and level foundation. The only difference is the cost. Piers are what hold the foundation up and are sold on a per pier basis. That means the more piers the higher the cost.
This doesn’t mean foundation company B is any worse than foundation company A, it’s just a different strategy.
Going with the full perimeter foundation repair means that it’ll be much likelier to get that company to come back out and honor the lifetime warranty IF the foundation begins to settle again.
If you elected for foundation company A, we’ve found it’s harder to get the company to honor any warranty work because it’s usually hard to justify the covered foundation work if only some piers are new and you can’t prove that the old piers had nothing to do with the movement.
Here’s a full guide on How Foundation’s Work by our friends over at Houzz.com
Contact us for a recommendation on a reputable foundation company in the Greater Houston Area before you have any masonry contractor begin any brick crack repair.
Once you either A: Get the thumbs up from a foundation or B: Get the foundation repaired, we can begin the brick crack repair process. We stress the importance of foundation repair before we begin any brick crack repair because if not, we would be out again to repair the reappearing cracks from the shifting foundation.
THE CRACK REPAIR PROCESS
We make it as easy as possible to schedule an appointment. Want to talk to a nice pleasant human? Great, give us a call at (281) 369-8292. Want to fill out a really cool short contact form? We have that too. Don’t worry we actually celebrate when these forms come in.
Our Restoration Specialists are trained to treat appointments as consultations. With this approach we focus on providing expert advice and recommendations on how to cost effectively achieve your goals. After discussing the scope of work to be done and addressing any possible concerns, your Restoration Specialist will determine if an estimate can be prepared on the spot. In some cases more time is needed to prepare the most accurate estimate possible.
We’ll have a written proposal emailed to you within 24 hrs for your review. You can approve it by just replying to the email or call us if you have any questions or concerns. Once the proposal has been approved, we will secure a date for the work to be completed. Once scheduled, most jobs can be completed in one day.
The day before your scheduled work date your Restoration Specialist will call you to let you know which crew will be working on your property and what time they will be arriving. The Crew Lead will notify you upon their arrival and upon completion of the work for you to give the final seal of satisfaction.
Serving The Greater Houston and Dallas Metro Areas
We’re expert’s at brick crack repair and we service the Greater Houston Metropolitan Area including Central Houston, Spring Branch, Memorial, Energy Corridor, Katy, Cinco Ranch, Cypress, Jersey Village, Tomball, The Woodlands, Spring, Conroe, Kingwood, Humble, Atascocita Downtown, Friendswood, League City, Galveston and everywhere in between.
Starting June 2021 we will be servicing the Dallas and Fort Worth Metro Area including Plano, Carrollton, Grapevine, Lewisville, Irving, Arlington, Garland, Farmers Branch, Richardson, Grand Prairie, and everywhere in between.