Home Construction Painting Services Types of Pointing Contact Us
Lime & Cement Mortars
Listed Buildings
Sensitive Structures
General Construction
Traditional or Modern Materials
Dry Stone Walls
Hard Landscaping
Lime Washing
Painting & Decorating

Types of Pointing

We currently offer a full range of general and specialised services, please see just some of the services that we offer listed bellow:

Do not hesitate to email or telephone us. We will be more than happy to visit your location and give you a free estimate.


Flush pointing is made by wiping over the finished pointing with the trowel or piece of rough cloth. It is a suitable finish for sections of wall containing second-hand bricks, which have lost the sharper edging required for a different style of pointing.

Semi - Recessed

With Semi-Recessed pointing the Mortar is set back from the face of the brick, leaving arrises exposed. Often confused with flush pointing that has weathered.

This type of pointing is common to both Georgian and Victorian brickwork.


Bead pointing is made by creating a recessed channel of mortar between the brickwork and creating a protruding bead along the joint level with the brickwork itself.


The Tuck type of pointing evolved in the 17th Century to emulate the appearance of fine rubbed and gauged brickwork, using cheaper

Mortar is coloured to match the brickwork , and a network of scored grooves are filled in using thin strips of lime putty


The Beak or Double-Struck joint is slightly recessed and has a v-shaped outwardly projecting profile.

This type of pointing is most common in Victorian work.


The Keyed type of pointing is similar to the Beak or Double-struck joint shown above but is inverted.

Bastard Tuck

Bastard Tuck pointing is a highly skilled and refined method of pointing brickwork where the mortar joint is coloured to match the brick and grooved while still 'green' to receive a carefully placed lime-putty : silver sand joint, which is then carefully trimmed to form a precise ribbon-like profile. Its intention, in England, was to create an illusion of gauged ashlared brickwork on walling constructed of standard, often irregular, handmade bricks.


Galletted pointing is the use of small stone or flint chips introduced to the mortar and visable in the surface of the pointing.

This is a type of pointing is commonly found in stone or flint walls in Hampshire.

Weather Struck

Weather struck pointing is made by running the trowel at a slight angle along the upper edge of the brick below the joint. Weather struck pointing can sometimes be made using a white cement and silver sand, to give a very white mortar.

telephone: 01483 570997mobile: 07866554916email: info@surreypointingservices.co.ukGiulio Masella © 2000-2015.