8 Types of Pointing in Brick Masonry Construction

Pointing is the term used to denote the finishing of mortar joints of stone masonry or brick masonry. The joints are raked to a depth of about 20 mm and then, these spaces are filled with suitable mortar in the desired size. In this blog post, I am discussing different types of pointing in detail.

8 Types of Pointing in Brick Masonry

Following are the 8 different types of Pointing used in Brick masonry and are as follows:

  1. Beaded pointing
  2. Flush pointing
  3. Recessed pointing
  4. Rubbed or keyed or grooved pointing
  5. Struck pointing
  6. Tuck pointing
  7. Vee-pointing
  8. Weathered pointing

Beaded Pointing:

Beaded pointing is a type of pointing in which the raked mortar joints are filled with green mortar and then pressed with the help of steel or iron rods with concave edges to form beading. This type of pointing is good in appearance but it is difficult to maintain as it can be easily damaged.

Beaded type of pointing

Flush Pointing:

Flush pointing is a type of pointing in which the raked mortar joints are filled with mortar and the excess mortar is removed from the joint and the joint is made flush with the face of the brick or stone masonry, so as to give a smooth appearance. This type of pointing is durable as it does not provide space for the accumulation of dust, water, etc., and hence the most commonly and extensively used type of pointing.

Flush pointing type

Recessed pointing:

Recessed pointing is a type of pointing in which the raked mortar joints are filled with mortar and pressed inside the wall surface by a suitable tool to a depth of about 5 mm or more. The face of the pointing is kept vertical in this case. This type of pointing gives a very aesthetic appearance.

Recessed pointing

Rubbed or keyed or grooved pointing:

Rubbed or keyed or grooved pointing is a type of pointing in which the raked joint is filled with mortar and made flush with the face of the brick or stone masonry like flush pointing. the only difference in this type of pointing is that a groove is formed at the center by a pointer as shown in the figure. Hence this pointing is called grooved pointing. This pointing gives an aesthetic appearance and is generally adopted.

Grooved pointing or keyed pointing or rubbed pointing

 

Struck pointing:

Struck pointing is a type of pointing in which the face of the pointing is kept inclined, with its upper edge pressed inside the face by 10mm as shown in the figure. This type of pointing disposes of water easily.

Struck pointing

Tuck Pointing:

Tuck pointing is a type of pointing in which the raked joint is filled with mortar and after that, a groove is made in the center of the joint having width and depth of 5 mm and 3 mm respectively. The groove is then filled or tucked in by white cement putty with a projection of 3 mm as shown in the figure.

Tuck pointing

Vee-pointing:

Vee-pointing is a type of pointing in which the raked joint is filled with mortar and a Vee-shaped groove is formed as shown in the figure.

Vee-pointing

Weathered pointing:

Weathered pointing is a type of pointing in which the raked joint is filled with mortar and a projection in the shape of a Vee-shape is formed as shown in the figure.

Weathered pointing

 

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