As mentioned earlier, bricks are made of clay and what happens when water and clay mix? Mud. While bricks are baked and won’t immediately dissolve when in contact with water, the long term effects of prolonged water exposure are damaging to brick structures. Applying a water repellant can prevent water penetration – when properly applied. We use quality repellants designed to keep water out.
Selecting the right type of water repellent is crucial as the wrong type could have the opposite effect of trapping moisture inside the masonry. As experienced masons, we use water repellants that penetrate the bricks and are fully breathable.
Good Candidates for Water Repellents
Not all masonry needs a water repellent. Water repellents work best on flat, exposed masonry, the condition of the masonry being considered for treatment, the historic value of the masonry and existing preservation efforts, and the amount of exposure to water, ice, and snow the masonry receives.