Protecting Your Brickwork from the Winter Weather
How to protect your walling investment
What Continuous Exposure to Weather can do to your Brickwork?
Poor weather can do a lot more than just dampen your spirits, it can also cause significant and lasting damage to your brickwork if left unprotected. If left unchecked, unprotected brickwork will deteriorate and completely lose its ability to keep out frost, rain and snow. Once this occurs, any manner of accelerated decay and its by-products can occur.
The cost to repairing or reversing this kind of damage to brickwork can be significant. As well, the safety of a structure can be greatly reduced when its brickwork has been weakened by the weather. Walls can completely fail due to one side being weakened by constant water or frost damage, leaving you with no choice but to completely replace the wall.
Brick that is allowed to be constantly saturated by water can first result in the serious and rapid decay of the mortar joints and the bricks themselves if left for long enough. Brick faces can crack and ultimately crumble as the result of frost. This is most common on chimney stacks and parapets, or anywhere that cement mortar has been used instead of the lime-based variety.
Protecting your Brickwork
There is more than one method of protecting brickwork from the damaging effects of the weather.
One of the most popular and effective ways to protect your garden walls is the use of cast stone copings.Coping Stones can be placed on the tops of free standing walls to protect them. Brickwork that’s become damaged by the weather can undergo the rendering process, which replaces the coating on the face of the wall. Another solution is to replace damaged bricks with new ones.
Coping stones perform a vital task, which is to prevent the penetration of rainfall into the walls of your front garden. But they also serve to protect the actual structure of a wall by weighing down the courses and bonding the faces together. This allows the wall to settle and become one solid unit. Indeed, without coping stones your front garden’s wall would simply flake away.
We offer a wide range of high quality Coping Stones at affordable prices. Perfect to provide that finishing touch to a wall and safeguard from the weather. Manufactured to the highest standards, here in the UK.
We currently supply Coping Stones Nationwide through our website to home owners and independent builders, also supplying a number of large local and national builders merchants including Buildbase, MKM and Travis Perkins.
Also we can often manufacture a Coping Stone to match your exact specifications using our highly specialist mould making techniques. If specified our Flat Coping Stones can also be fitted with a “drip channel” on either side which prevents rain water from running down the face of your wall, thus protecting it from weathering.
Sympathetic plantings can help lessen the effects of the weather on your walls but always take care to ensure to avoid any damage caused by root systems and climbing plants. Climbing shrubs can make matters worse by harbouring damp, while ivy roots can invade old, soft mortar joints. Your walls can also create safe havens for delicate plants on the protected side. For further advice on how to protect your garden from frost damage check out our blog here.
The Ideal Finishing Touch
Choosing the perfect copings for your wall is important. You want them to fit in seamlessly with the rest of your house and the neighbouring properties. We offer a huge range of cast stone copings with an array of sizes and colours so you can always find the right copings for your wall.
The Flat Coping Stones range is a very modern, minimalist style of Coping Stone. Their flat shape makes it ideal for use on a wall where railings are to be fitted or where sitting is required.
Our Flat Copings are an attractive, effective and affordable solution to protect your masonry. They suit all property types and are designed to seamlessly match your walling.
Chamfered Flat Coping
The Chamfered Flat Coping Stones range is designed to give a more modern contemporary look, while also giving maximum protection to your walls from the weather.
Our Once Weathered Coping Stones range is ideal for use on a wall where it is preferable to control the direction of which the rain water will run off. For example, directing the water towards the guttering on a roof. The term “Once Weathered” means these copings slope only one way allowing the majority of rainwater to flow mainly off one side of the Coping Stones.
Twice-Weathered Apex Coping
The Twice Weathered Apex Coping Stones range of coping is designed to finish off your wall and protect your brickwork from the weather. The term “Twice Weathered” refers to the fact that the copings slope both ways allowing the rain water to run off either side, similar to a pitched roof on a house.
Twice Weathered Bevelled Coping
The Twice Weathered Bevelled Coping Stone range is a Deeper, more Ornate version of Coping Stone for your walls. These Coping Stones also have a nice bevelled feature running down either side to help add some character to your wall.
Our Victorian Coping Stones range is designed to match the old deep Coping Stones that were used on many a house across the UK in the Victorian era. Their style has a broad range of uses, from older Terraced Houses to modern Town Houses and old Country Mansions, these Coping Stones are guaranteed to look great.
Because they have a flat top section our Victorian Coping Stones are perfect for fitting railings to, or for use on a wall where sitting is preferable.
Cottage Wall Coping
Our stylish and unique Cottage Wall Copings range is designed to mimic the look of an old Sandstone wall. These are perfect for old houses with garden walls in the many beautiful rural villages across the uk that wish to maintain the look and feel of the surroundings.
Our Cottage Wall Copings are an attractive, elegant and affordable solution to protect vulnerable areas from the harshest of weather. They are designed to seamlessly match your walling and compliment your masonry.
In addition to the wide range of pre-cast coping stones that are available for gardens today, there is the option to choose bespoke coping stones. And going this route offers a host of benefits.
Not only are custom coping stones decidedly unique, but they are eye-catching. Going the custom route can often result in many neighbours being impressed whenever they stop by to chat.
The purchase of custom garden coping stones means that you can choose virtually any colour, shade and design you like to be manufactured to order. But it can also allow you to visually connect one area of your home to another. The continuity of coping stones can serve to give your entire property a put-together look and feel.
The great news about going the custom route is that you are never left wanting for choice where it comes to accessories like railings. Whether you prefer modern, traditional or a combination of both, your custom coping stones can fit with any style.
Whatever style, colour and specifications you choose chances are you will also need pier caps to top your pillars or gateposts. Our cast stone Pier Caps provide the ideal finishing touch to a gate post, pillar or stone/brick gate pier.
We offer a huge range of styles of cast pier caps with an array of sizes and colours so you can always find the right one for you.
Traditional Pier Caps
Our Traditional Pier Caps range are designed with deeper sides that give a more pronounced, fuller look to your brick Pillars.
They are a modern, minimalistic approach to protecting your Pillars from the Weather. Because of the simple style of these Pier Caps, they can be easily matched up with any choice from our range of Coping Stones.
Standard Apex Pier Caps
Our Standard Apex Pier Caps range are great for adding the finishing touch, protecting your brick pillars from the weather in a simple minimalist style. Our pier caps are easy to fit and come in a wide range of colours and sizes.
Stepped Peak Pier Caps
Our Stepped Peak Pier Caps range is a modern twist on a traditional theme. These Pier Caps are not only perfect for protecting your pillars from the rigours of the Great British Weather, but also add a bit more height and volume to your pillars than a Standard or Traditional Pier Cap.
Due to the simplistic geometrics of these Pier Caps they can easily be matched with most of our Coping Stone Range. Pillar caps are great to enhance your property and add value, as well as protecting brick and stonework.
Stepped Flat Pier Caps & SpheresStepped Flat Pier Caps with Spheres are a great way to top your Pillar with a very traditional English Style. The Spheres are supplied separately to the Pier Caps which are manufactured with a 4 inch hole through the centre. Each Sphere has a “stump” protruding from its base which simply slots into the Pier Caps Hole after it has been filled with mortar. The Spheres can also be manufactured with a steel bar for added security. Please specify this when you call to order.
Heritage Pier Cap
Our Heritage Tiered Pier Caps range are perfect for adding a high quality and stylish finishing touch, safeguarding your brick pillars from the rigours of the Great British Weather.
These stunning Heritage Pier Caps come in a wide range of colours and are great to create the perfect entrance and give a grand appearance to your masonry. Pillar caps are great to enhance your property and add value, as well as protecting brick and stonework.
Our Heritage Pier Caps provide an ideal finishing touch to your pillars and offer excellent protection at affordable prices, safeguarding your masonry from the rigours of the British weather.
Classical Creations Copings and Caps perform a vital protective role in preventing rainfall penetration. Our range of coping stones and pier caps are designed to perfectly match any style of walling in a seamless and effective manner. All our pier caps, coping stone and patio circles are manufactured here in the UK.
There are potentially thousands of different styles of stone for your front garden, including concrete coping stones. The best advice when choosing a custom design is to take your time and research to find the styles you like best. Then, when the time comes to order your stone, combine your favourite elements to create a style of coping stone that’s uniquely you.
Contact us on 0191 217 0002 today to discuss your project requirements. We are always happy to help. See what our customers say here…
Other Factors That Can Expose Your Brickwork to the Weather
Brickwork can crack and bulge as the result of spreading tree roots, which can leave it vulnerable to inclement weather. Weakening of brickwork can also occur when internal load-bearing walls are removed. Even the timber lintels that exist over doors and windows that have been allowed to rot can weaken brickwork.
In addition, brickwork can sustain damage from moisture that is drawn upwards from the ground. Known as rising damp, this condition can affect bricks as well as sandstone and mortar. It is also a slow process, with the possibility of unnoticeable damage occurring over several years before it’s detected.
Signs to look out for include crumbling and spalling to the face of brick or stone, and damp penetrating the wall which can sometimes leave white salts on the surface. Probably the most common cause of damage is due to water trapped in porous masonry freezing and expanding, causing the surface to disintegrate. Cracks tend to develop over time at junctions
Understanding the signs of brickwork damage due to weather can prevent costly repairs down the road.
We can often manufacture Pier Caps and Coping Stones to match your exact specification using our specialist mould making techniques. Contact us today to discuss your project requirements.Contact Us
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