A lot of homeowners might encounter brick repairs when buying a home that was built in the 1980’s or older depending in the area you are buying the home. For the most part the masonry repairs should be easy to repair due to natural causes, but it can get a little more complicated if its due to foundation problems. If you see cracked brick or mortar joints on your brick walls it may indicate that you are having foundation problems. A masonry company can fix or replace the bricks but it will only be a temporary fix since the house is most likely going to keep settling and crack the brick and mortar joints again. Before calling a masonry company you would need to call a structural engineer to determine if there is still movement in the house and if you need peers. Structural engineers check the safety and reliability of structures that support weight. It is their job to ensure that your home is a safe and livable environment.
In the Midwest most structural engineers will charge from $200 to $350 for a basic inspection. The inspection will include areas of your house like foundation, roof, interior and exterior walls. You can call a local structural engineer for pricing and what their inspection covers. If your home needs peers for support in the foundation your structural engineer will let you know where you need them and how many. Once the peers are placed you may call a mason but most that place the peers will automatically tuck and point all the cracks once the peers are placed. If you are wanting the entire bricks replaced you will have to contact a masonry company because the companies that install the peers will only grout the cracks of the brick.
Masonry companies can replace the entire bricks that are cracked if they feel it is safe to do so without harming the rest of the wall. Most masonry companies will advise you what type of brick your home has in order to match the existing style and color of your original brick. Brick floors will also need repairs with time since they experience a lot of traffic with time. When you proceed to call a masonry company for a quote it is in your best interest to call a minimum of 3 masonry companies for their opinion on the repair and pricing. If you are still not satisfied with pricing and what they have to say about the repair keep calling other masonry companies since there are plenty to choose from.