Dairy brick is one of the most popular types of flooring for individuals to install in their homes and patios. Understanding the type of damage that these bricks can experience will provide you with more of the information needed to keep this flooring system looking great.
Alligator Cracks Spreading Across The Floor
Alligator cracking is a problem that can commonly occur to brick flooring that is older. These cracks will often start in one brick, and they may actually spread to another. This occurs due to the weight distribution of the floor being changed so that some of the bricks that neighbor the damaged one can experience more strain. As a result, they may develop their own cracks. Once bricks have developed widespread cracking, replacing them is the only way to repair the structural weaknesses that the cracks can cause as well as the aesthetic impacts that they can have. Luckily, the costs of replacing a few bricks in your flooring can be relatively low.
Moving furniture and other items across the floor can leave deep surface scratches over the years. These scratches can ruin the appearance of your floor while also allowing moisture to more easily damage these bricks. These surface scratches can usually be repaired with either the use of a filler resin that matches the surrounding brick or resurfacing the brick. Resurfacing can be an efficient option when the scratches are widespread across the flooring as it can provide more uniform repairs. Having the scratches inspected by a repair provider can help you to make smart decisions about restoring your floors after they have suffered this common damage.
Over the years, the bricks on the floor can start to come loose. This is typically the result of the mortar that holds the bricks in place starting to fail. As the mortar fails, it can chip away from the brick so that it may no longer be able to hold it in place. Unfortunately, individuals may not have the loose bricks repaired quickly, and this can actually increase the risk of the brick suffering other damage as a result of shifting positions when people step on it. Repairing this problem will usually be an easy process, but you may want to have the rest of the flooring inspected to make sure that all of the weakening mortar is replaced. Without this inspection, you may find that other bricks start to loosen relatively soon after this repair is completed.
Talk to a dairy brick repair contractor to get additional help.