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Brick Repair Guide - This is the best and most complete do it yourself guide to brick repair. Written by the leading expert in this field, it will help you to locate replacement bricks if needed, determine which materials are needed, how to match your mortar, and more.



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Locating Brick

While locating the brick for your home, you will need to know how many brick you will need.  Identify the type of brick used for your home.  You may need more than one type of brick to complete all repairs.  

Some brick are hard to find, generally, due to their age.  Brick companies discontinue a series of brick after a short period.  This keeps their selection new, but it often makes it difficult to locate replacement bricks for your home.  In many cases, they sell their excess brick of a discontinued blend to clear out inventory to recycled brickyards and brick repair contractors.  Recycled brickyards carry many of the rarest brick in the market; anything from discontinued brick to antique brick that have been recycled from other brick buildings or structures.

Knowing where to look to find these brick is one of the most important factors to being able to repair the brick around your home.  People have been able to locate the proper brick to match their home by contacting a brick repair company.  Some of the better masonry restoration companies warehouse a variety of these rare bricks.  They store the bricks that are the hardest to find, and have locations all across the United States that they deal with to locate any other rare brick on the market. 

Not all brick types are that difficult to locate.  In just about every major city, there are one or more antique brick dealers, recycled brickyards and regular brickyards.  Simply by checking your local phone book, you are likely to find a dealer with your type of brick.  In some cases, you may need to look in other major cities in order to find a proper match.  This process is sometimes very time consuming, and is perhaps easier to have a brick restoration company locate these brick for your repairs.  They may know exactly where to find your brick.

If you are unable to locate your type of brick in any of these locations, you may be able to find the brick in certain areas around your home.  Often extra brick is used as filler in areas such as columns, chimneys and mailboxes.  The easiest place to remove brick from is the chimney.  You can remove the mortar cap and take out any brick needed.  Broken brick may be replaced in the chimney before replacing the mortar cap.  If you still are unable to locate brick for your home, it may be necessary to reuse the existing brick.  The gap is closed by cleaning the mortar around the brick and shifting closer together to reduce the width of the crack. 

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