SH Brickwork is a North London masonry contractor providing services for commercial and domestic customers in London and surrounding counties including Enfield, Barnet, Harringay, Hackney, Edgware, Islington, Camden, Waltham Forest, Cheshunt, Borehamwood, Potters Bar and Brookmans Park.
We ensure to provide the best service and highest quality of work for our customers, on time and within budget. We will not leave a job until our customer is fully satisfied with the work undertaken. We can also help design projects and offer ideas to help you achieve your desired outcome.
An extension is a great way off adding space to your home and also adding value to your property. This may be an open plan kitchen with bi-fold doors, or it may be to add a new bathroom or utility room to your home. We work with various sub contractors to cover all areas in building and fitting out extensions.
We build all types of walls including garden features, retaining walls, security walls and fancy brickwork.
As we are specialists in brickwork we can provide a service in constructing new buildings with full supply and fixed packages. We also provide detailed quotes and cost plan information.
We offer various types of driveways including block paving, Indian Sandstone, resin driveways and tarmac laying. We will ensure that the driveway has a sufficient sub base so that it will last for many years.
You may want to upgrade your garden by having a nice new patio. This can be done with Indian Sandstone, Limestone, Porcelain tiles, Yorkstone or concrete slabs.
Brick Cleaning Paint Removal
We can remove algae, moss, fungi paint from brickwork or stonework by using a heated water cleaning system. The pressure on the surface being cleaned is very gentle and the volume of the water is low. Therefore the surface does not get saturated or damaged and dries very quickly.
Mortar in brickwork gets voids over the years due to weather and decay, which can allow the undesirable entrance of water to your house. Repointing the brickwork avoids this problem.
In the process of repointing we recreate the joints between the bricks by cutting them out with an angle grinder which forms a neat recess. Then we apply mortar to the joints in a selected style. The mortar we use contains lime in addition to sand and cement because it provides advantages when working with soft bricks and stone. The main one being that it is more flexible than Portland cement and is therefore less likely to cause cracking in brickwork.
Types of Pointing
The mortar is firstly pressed into the raked out joints and then is smoothened to create a slight angle from the top to the bottom of the horizontal joints, and from left to right of the vertical joints. The vertical joints are then trimmed with a sharp knife, followed by the horizontal joints being trimmed with a sharp knife and straight edge. This type of pointing provides the greatest protection from rain and frost, as well as being aesthetically desirable.
The mortar is pressed into the raked joints and then is smoothened to finish flush with the edges of the brickwork. This style creates an old, rustic appearance to brickwork.
The mortar has a colour dye added to it to match the colour of the bricks, and is firmly applied to the joints to be flush with the bricks. Then lime putty mortar is applied to the joints. This is followed by the vertical joints, top and bottom of the horizontal joints being cut parallel to produce neat mortar lines.
Half Round Jointing
This is the most modern way of applying mortar to brickwork. The majority of new brickwork today is finished in this style. The mortar is pressed into the joints with a round brick jointer to form a round finish in the mortar.