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Repairing cracked brickwork and render using helifix products

31 March 2015

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How fast is this year progressing?! We have had a number of quotes for repairs on cracks occurring in brick walls, render and masonry over the last few months. In this light the team at Contractors United thought we would put together a little information on how we use Helifix products to structurally repair cracks and return your property to its former glory! Below you will find the common causes of cracks in bricks and render, and how Helifix bars and helibond grout work to fix these problems.  Rest assured our skilled and experienced workforce can manage all cracks large or small, if you have found crack damage on your property don’t delay, contact us for a quote today!

The two most common causes of cracks in brickwork and other masonry are usually, foundation movement and thermal movement and moisture uptake or loss

Foundation movement: Cracks occur when forces either externally, internally within a building, or as a result of chemical changes within the building’s materials are greater than it can withstand. Cracking and movement can be structurally dangerous. Differential movement throughout a building may be a consequence of poor design, ageing or changing environmental conditions to which a rigid building cannot adapt without fracturing.

The form and positioning of cracking depends upon the building’s weak points, particularly around doors and windows and where floor and roof connect to walls, such cracks are normally widest at the top. Other factors are the size, shape, and position of the crack, the age of the crack indicating repetitive movement, and crack widening suggesting settlement or support failure.

Thermal Movement and moisture uptake or loss:  Clay bricks take up moisture and grow whereas silica and concrete bricks lose moisture and shrink over time.  The mortar between the joints is also shrinking which results in different vertical and horizontal movements. Where cracking from thermal movement and moisture variation does occur it is normally vertical and often worst at the building corners.  This type of cracking is more common in residential apartments and commercial buildings.

Using a professional to correctly diagnose the cause and effect of the problem is the key to carrying out appropriate systems to rectifying your structure. There are many Helifix products that can be used in various situations to resolve issues with cracked bricks and render. Helifix repair and reinforcement products have a concealed and non disruptive installation technique, they ensure the long term strengthening of all masonry structures. Some of the basic uses of Helifix bar and grout are to cracks in brick walls, cracks in rendered walls, Cracks in block walls, and cracks near corners.

The application we use are extremely versatile and provide a reliable and cost effective solution to basically all commonly occurring structural faults an the results rendered leave your property visually unaltered and fully stabalised. The Helifix bars are made from stainless steel, are non shrink and redistribute the tensile loads along the masonry whist still facilitating flexibility to accommodate for natural building movement.

Now that you are all experts on cracks and helifix, here is the bottom line. Cracking and movement can be structurally dangerous. Whether it be a consequence of poor design, ageing or changing environmental conditions it is something that needs professional assessment and rectification. No matter what size, our friendly and professional team can help you find the solution to your problem. So hop to it, and contact us on 1300 559 835 today.