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BEFORE AND AFTER: It's amazing the visual difference Tuckpointing original brickwork can make to your home, according to Andrew Vercoe, from Heritage Brickwork Restorations.

BEFORE AND AFTER: It's amazing the visual difference Tuckpointing original brickwork can make to your home, according to Andrew Vercoe, from Heritage Brickwork Restorations.

Tuckpointing or re-pointing original, tired brickwork can have a dramatic impact on the visual appearance of a heritage home and often add considerablly to re-sale value of a property.

Heritage Brickwork Restorations specialises in restoration of brickwork (by tuckpointing or re-pointing) to heritage homes.

"The main benefits of tuckpointing or re-pointing your brickwork is reduced moisture and dampness ingress, increased structural integrity and the obvious dramatic visual improvement," Andrew Vercoe, managing director of Heritage Brickwork Restorations, said.

"Left unrepaired, deteriorated mortar can lead to expensive structural and moisture problems within the home caused by water penetration through the exterior brickwork or simply movement in the brickwork itself."

Andrew's main clients tend to represent an age group of 40 to 65-year-olds who have noticed the slow deterioration of their brickwork over many years.

He also deals with new purchasers of old homes within heritage suburbs that wish to give the old, tired brickwork a facelift.

"Often the decision is made on financial grounds," Andrew said.

"The client realises brickwork represents the largest surface area of the home and that deteriorated brickwork can severely impact the value of their home.

"They might also have seen previous Heritage Brickwork Restorations of other homes within their area and realised the dramatic difference our services can make to the visual appearance of their own home.

"With tuckpointing in particular, the visual appearance of the brickwork can be restored to virtually as-new condition and this generally increases value of the property considerably.

"At the very least, the increased re-sale value of the home often far exceeds the dollars outlaid to restore the brickwork."

Andrew and his team service homeowners within the heritage precincts of the Greater Newcastle area (Hamilton, Hamilton South, Cooks Hill, Mayfield, Georgetown, Maitland and Lorn).

"Our clients are generally residential home-owners of properties built between approximately 1880 and 1945 with original brickwork showing varying levels of decay, deterioration and discolouration to the brick mortar joints due to weather exposure, pollution and/or rising damp," Andrew said.

To discuss which restoration process might best suit your home and arrange an obligation free quotation, ring Andrew Vercoe on 0404 577 327, Email andrew@heritagetuckpointing.com.au, visit www.heritagetuckpointing.com.au or check out Facebook (Heritage Brickwork Restorations).

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