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Mortar Matching for Brick Repair
Mortar Analysis is the process of testing the composition or performance of dried mortar. This has many application in the field of masonry from determining the formula of existing mortar for matching during masonry repairs to determining the quality of mortar used or if it matches the existing mortar. While we provide different testing for the various uses, our focus in mortar testing and analysis is for the purpose of determining the composition formula for matching the existing mortar of masonry restoration projects and historic mortar matching analysis.
Mortar analysis allows you to get a formula of the mortar composition and ratios used in the original mortar sample and identify the compressive strength and sand. These factors directly affect the ability of the replacement mortar to bond with the existing mortar and the color or texture of the cement. These factors are important in making the repairs last and look properly. If the mortars don't bond to each other, the repairs will pop loose and likely cause damage to the bricks.
Mortar Analysis Method
Proprietary Mortar Analysis
Our proprietary method of mortar analysis includes many of the common mortar testing methods per the ASTM test procedures of each, including compressive strength testing of mortar samples, the acid digestion analysis of the composition, and some other scientific mortar testing processes such as calculating the weight loss during testing to confirm results. We also offer additional testing for those who need more details about the sand or color of the mortar. You can add color matching or a sand sieve analysis to our mortar analysis testing for $150 each. For a more detailed description of testing or a complete list of tests offered, visit http://mortarlab.com
Mortar Analysis Process
Mortar analysis procedures for ordering are as follow:
Mortar Analysis - Testing Report and Formula
Mortar analysis and add-ons
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