Mortar Color Matching
Why do I need a
Certified Mortar Match/
AMR Pre-Matched Mortar
What is Pre-Matched Mortar?
How are Mortars matched?
These mortars are matched through a lab
analysis that determine color of mortar, color and gradation of sand, and
relative crushing pressures of the samples tested.
This process requires 2-3 samples.
What is it for?
Why do I need Pre-Matched Mortar?
Pre-Matched Mortars are matched by
professionals and ensure a proper match for your project.
These mortars are analyzed to determine
crushing pressure, mortar color, and the color and grade of the sand used.
Why are these important?
Use of a mortar that is too soft can result
in rapid deterioration or may not be strong enough to
carry the load of
weight above it.
Use of mortar that is too hard can cause
damage to the bricks, prevent proper bonding to the original mortar, or
prevent a masonry structure from being able to breathe properly causing mold
or other damage.
Color of mortar-
Color and grade of sand-
The color and grade of the sand will affect
the tones found in the mortar and the way that dyes are absorbed. In
addition, the size of the aggregates will affect the texture of the mortar
and performance of mortars. If a
mortar match doesn't contain proper sand
gradation, it may not match the visual appearance of the original.
AMR Pre-Matched Mortars different?
AMR Mortars come in a smaller more usable
portion, and because it is pre-matched there is no need to adjust the color.
These two factors make AMR Mortar better because there is no need to break
the ratios within them. They are pre-matched.
All other products available come in Grey and
White, and come in 70 pound bags. These 70 pound bags require full package
use to maintain proper ratios, but require adjustment to match color tones
which will break their ratios.
Where do I get Pre-Matched Mortar?
What are the procedures for ordering
Acquire 2-3 samples of mortar at least 1 inch
in size for mortar
mortar analysis: pay online or by
check made payable to Alamo Masonry Repair.
Payment for bags of mortar: these payments
must be made online.
Package: Samples in a bag, a copy of receipt
for mortar analysis or a check, copy of receipt for the number of bags
ordered, your name, job name, job address, and shipping address.
Your products will be shipped to you within
5-10 business days.
Some delays may occur with large orders or volume of orders being processed.
What if I need more bags?
Your order is kept on file with the formula.
Simply place your order for more mix, and refer us to the previous order
placed. We will need your name (company), and job name/ address to pull up
Order mortar mixes pre-matched to your formula.
Each box contains 2 bags of mortar.
Acquiring a sample
Use a hammer and chisel to remove the samples of
mortar from the corners of the home or directly from one of the cracks.
Additional things which we will need:
your name/company name
a contact phone number
a mailing or E-mail address for the return of your mortar
4. we also need the physical address of
the project if it is different than the mailing address.
5. receipts for online purchase of mortar
match or Pre-Mix Mortars if applicable
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All Pre-Matched Products are custom made to order.
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These Tuck-Point Mortars are available in 5 different base tones, and
allow you to more easily match your own mortar's dye
Each formula is
guaranteed to match (within a reasonable tone) in the color and texture to
the samples provided from your home.
Mold and Mildew may need to re-grow in the pores to complete the match.
This part of natural aging we cannot recreate because
these tones vary around your home and change throughout the year.
Most mortar matches are not visible immediately upon drying.
Alamo Masonry Brick Repair
provides certified mortar matching services around the world.
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