What is tuckpointing?


Tuckpointing is the process of repairing and replacing mortar between brick, stone, concrete and various other masonry units. Through time mortar breaks down due to moisture and the freeze thaw cycles of our climate.


Why should I tuckpoint?


Tuckpointing creates a new seal around your bricks reducing moisture penetration and prolonging the life of your masonry.


How much does tuckpointing cost?


The cost of tuckpointing varies from project to project. Johnson Tuckpointing will provide you with a written estimate detailing the repairs quoted.


Will my entire building need tuckpointing?


Most buildings require only spot tuckpointing where needed. Johnson Tuckpointing will evaluate your job and provide you with our professional opinion on what is right for your job.

What other services do you offer?


We offer chimney repairs, chimney rebuilding, brick replacement , water repellent applications masonry repair and caulking.


What do chimney repairs consist off?


Depending on the condition of your chimney, chimney repairs can range from minor tuckpointing to complete chimney rebuilding. Johnson tuckpointing will professionally evaluate your chimney and provide you with a written quote detailing the repairs needed.


Why should I repair my chimney?


Most chimneys are the most vulnerable masonry on the building. Chimneys are exposed to the most extreme freeze thaw cycles of our climate. Maintaining your chimney now can save you from larger repairs later.


How much do chimney repairs cost?


The cost of chimney repairs varies from project to project. Johnson Tuckpointing will provide you with a written proposal detailing the chimney work quoted.


Will you protect my roof?


Yes! Great care is taken not to damage roofing surfaces.


What is your service area?


Our service area focuses on, but is not limited to, the Illinois communities of:  Arlington Heights, Des Plaines,Glenview, Mount Prospect, Palatine, Park Ridge, Northbrook, Wilmette, Winnetka.



Concrete cap or crown refers to the slab this is at the very top of most chimneys.


Efflorescence is the white powder sometimes seen on the masonry surface that comes from the leaching of the natural salts in the masonry.


Chimney flashing is the roofing material used where the chimney meets the roof.


Brick courses refers to the layer or number of rows of brick.


Tooled concave refers to the indentation that is made in the mortar tooling process with a round jointer.


Flue tile is a clay pipe that is used to line chimneys.


Corbelled refers to brick that is stepped out.


Lintel is usually referring to the support above a window or door.


Mortar is most commonly a mixture of aggregate, portland and lime.


Concrete is a mixture of aggregate and portland.


Toothed refers to every other course being cut out so that the repair is not made with one straight vertical joint.


Header course refers to bricks that are placed perpendicular to the course below to tie two depths of masonry together.


Soldier course is when the bricks are laid standing on end with the narrow edge facing out.


Sailor course is similar to a soldier course but the bricks are laid standing on end with the wide edge facing out.


Rowlock is similar to a header course but the bricks are laid on the narrow edge.


Quoin is the when the pattern or material of the masonry units are changed to accentuate the corners of masonry walls.


Veneer refers to a building that has only one layer of brick.


Head Joint refers to the vertical mortar joints.


Bed Joint refers to the horizontal mortar joints.


Balustrade is usually a brick railing along steps to an entrance.


Sill refers to the bottom of a window or door.


Weep holes are openings placed during construction to at the level of flashing to allow moisture to escape.


Mailing Address

Elmer F Johnson Tuckpointing

650 Bending Court, Des Plaines Illinois 60016

Tel: 847-963-6137


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