I have about 6 rows of steps leading up to my porch, they're made out of
bricks and mortar. The problem is small chips break off from the bricks
occasionally and the problem seems to get worse in the winter for obvious
I'm wondering if there's anything one could apply to the bricks to inhibit
this chipping problem or is this just something one has to live with as
bricks age? (they're 33 years old)
On Mar 1, 1:00 am, firstname.lastname@example.org (Dennis M) wrote:
Yes, as bricks get older they will deteriorate, but one way to slow
the process is to coat the bricks with Thompson's Water Sealer. My
father in law has been doing this to his brick stoop annually to
prevent ice and water from eroding the brick work. Now this only slows
the process down, it will not stop it or prevent it completely. That
being said, the stoop is original to the house which was built in 1944
and shows no sign of cracking, eroding or flaking. No it does not have
a roof over it and other then the sealer, not other special
maintenance is done to it. Luck? maybe, but the chimney, also original
to the house, needs to be re-capped. Hope this helps!
On Mar 1, 1:39 pm, email@example.com (Dennis M) wrote:
Before considering Thompson's check Consumer Reports and also many of
the posts about it in this NG. There may be far better products on the
market. IMO, silicones are a better choice as true water repellants.
Wrong brick for the job, in most of the failed steps I have seen. Hollow
wall brick makes lousy steps, because you can't really keep water out of
the non-fired (or whatever they call it) surfaces. Water sits in the
upward-facing mortar cracks, gets inside the brick, freezes, and flakes
start spalling off. Need proper paver brick, or just use brick for the
vertical faces, with stone or concrete caps to take the weather. There
is a reason brick windowsills always have a slope to them, and even they
fail before the wall around them does.
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