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How Much Does Brick Repair Cost?

Typical Range: $748 - $2,397

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Brick Repair Cost

Brick repair costs $1,524 on average and typically ranges between $748 and $2,397. Masons charge $40 to $75 per hour with a minimum fee of $200 to $400 which covers the first few hours of work. They charge anywhere from $20 to $40 per square foot, depending on the type of damage and the quality of the existing brick and structure.

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National Average $1,524
Typical Range $748 - $2,397
Low End - High End $300 - $4,500

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How Much Does It Cost to Replace Brick Steps?

Replacing brick steps costs $20 to $30 per square foot when using common materials. Including ornate work, you may pay up to $100 per square foot. Price factors to consider include:

  • Size: More area means more money.
  • Brick prices: $0.50-$5 each.
  • Ornate work and iron works: Adding beauty adds price.

Cost to Repair Brick Steps

BreakdownPer Square Foot
Labor$22 - $48
Materials$8 - $12
Total$30 - $60

Brick Mortar Repair Cost

Mortar repair costs $10 to $20 per square foot. Repair includes removing old, cracked mortar and filling in the spots with new mortar, either using a tuckpointing or repointing technique. Tuckpointing uses the same color mortar as the old brick then uses a small groove of light-colored mortar or filler to give the illusion of tight lines. Repointing simply fills in the old gaps of removed mortar.

Made from sand, water, and cement, mortar acts like a glue. It last about 25 years without maintenance. Over time, exposure to the elements can cause it to deteriorate. Crumbling mortar, if left unattended, can cause structural damage.

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Brick Wall Repair Cost

Repair TypeAverage Cost
Masonry (Labor)$40 - $75 per hour
Spalling$1,000 - $2,500+
Restoration$5,000 - $20,000+
Bowing$75 - $400 per square foot
Cracks$450 - $1,000+
Mailbox$500 - $750
Chimney$175 - $1,500

Brick Masonry Repair Cost

A brick mason charges, on average, $1,000 to $2,500. They charge anywhere from $40 to $75 per hour. Most of the price of a project comes from the highly skilled labor they provide. Add 50% to 100% to the price of labor for work done off the ground, usually above 10 feet, where your pro needs other equipment, like scaffolding.

Spalling Brick Repair Cost

Spalling brick repairs cost $900 to $1,200 on average but can get as high as $20,000 or more. The term “spalling” describes the crumbly, flaked and pitted appearance it gets after years in climates with freeze thaw cycles, improper installation, nonbreathable sealants or high-pressure water cleaning.

Repairs mean removing all spalling bricks and replacing them. Many jobs require only removing and replacing a few individual pieces. Large jobs might require rebuilding entire sections of wall.

Brick Restoration Cost

Full brick restoration costs anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000 or more depending on the size of the project. It includes restoring any spalling, cracks and replacing as needed.

Most restoration projects happen on historic homes. Restoration, unlike simple repairs, focuses on matching the new work to the look and texture of the original installation.

Bowing Brick Wall Repair Cost

Bowing wall repairs cost $7,500 to $40,000 for 100 square feet. It happens for a variety of reasons, but whatever the reason, it can lead to structural failure. Causes include:

  • Poor structural design: You should consult a structural engineer for verification.
  • Soil pressure: For foundations, the most common cause comes from lateral soil pressure pushing against the wall. This often happens in colder climates when the soil freezes and expands due to moisture content from broken pipes or poorly maintained gutters. Cleaning gutters costs $118 to $225, far cheaper than fixing a foundation.
  • Tree roots: Roots can find their way into small cracks and make them bigger or simply push up against foundations. Tree removal costs $400 to $1,200, far less than foundation repairs cost.

Brick Foundation & Wall Crack Repair Cost

Foundation crack repair costs $250 to $800 for minor problems. Major repairs can run $2,000 to $10,000 or more. Cracks larger than 1/8th inch may indicate structural issues. For large cracks, contact a structural engineer or a local foundation repair contractor.

Exterior walls above grade cost a little less but depend on how high off the ground the mason must work. Average prices include:

  • One-story home: $450-$650.
  • Two-story home: $650-$850.
  • Three-story home: $1,000+.
  • Expect to pay at least 10% to 25% more for repairs done above 10 feet.

Brick Mailbox Repair Cost

Major brick mailbox repairs cost $500 to $750. Minor cracks may run half that. You’ll find most of the same problems with your mailbox as you would with a wall, fence or chimney, unless someone hit it with a car. But in most cases, you’re looking at repairing spalling or mortar.

Brick Chimney Repair Cost

Brick chimney repair costs $300 to $1,500 depending on both the extent of any damage and ease of access. It’s one of the tougher places to work, requiring more time to set up safety equipment. It also takes more time to do the actual work, especially if removal becomes necessary.

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DIY vs. Hire a Professional Mason

The investment of well-done brickwork can last hundreds of years and something you’ll reap when you sell. Get the job done right the first time. Leave repairs to a professional mason. This isn’t a DIY job. It’s a specialized task that requires a specialist to get done right. This is particularly true of any restorations needed on historic homes.

For professional work that’ll last 20 to 30 years, hire a local brick mason. When hiring a pro, find a fully licensed, insured, and bonded pro to do the job. This protects your property and ensures your safety.

FAQ

Are cracks in brick mortar normal?

Cracks in brick mortar are normal after 20 to 30 years. Mortar doesn’t last nearly as long as brick, which, with proper upkeep, lasts hundreds of years.

Can crumbling bricks be repaired?

No, spalling bricks need replacement.

What is a spalling brick?

Spalling happens when brick, which absorbs water easily, goes through a freeze and thaw cycle causing expansion and ending up with flaking, crumbling faces.

Should I worry about cracks in brickwork?

You should have cracks in brickwork looked at by a professional mason. Most of the time, it’s cheaper to fix it early than wait until the problem gets worse.

How much does it cost to repair a brick wall?

It’ll cost anywhere from $300 to $10,000 or more depending on the level of damage, your location and ease of access. A small crack might cost $300 to $750 while full exterior multistory restorations run over $10,000.

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