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Last updated on March 26th, 2024

Repointing cost guide

Whether you need to repoint a wall, roof, chimney or patio, it's helpful to know the typical repointing cost. Read on to learn how much to budget for a range of pointing projects.

Fast Facts

  • Average repointing costs are £50 – £60 per m2
  • An entire small house may take a week to repoint
  • Raking out costs around £20 – £50 per m2.

Mortar holds bricks, stones and blocks together. So, it’s essential for maintaining your home’s structure and defending against water and damp. But over time, mortar will wear away and need replacing – known as repointing.

Here, we’ll break down the typical repointing cost to help you budget.

How much does repointing cost per m2?

The average repointing cost for a brick wall is £55 per m2.

Typical repointing costsUnitPrice range - lowPrice range - highAverage UK cost
Repointing a brick wall (including clean up)Per m²£50£60£55
Repointing a stone wall (including clean up)Per m²£60£100£80
Cost to add raking outPer m²£20£50£35
Repointing – front or side of a housePer property£1,500£2,200£1,750
Repointing a semi-detached housePer property£4,000£5,000£4,500
Repointing a Victorian terraced propertyPer property£3,000£4,400£3,700
Repointing a chimneyPer chimney£500£1,000£750
Repointing a roofFull roof£500£2,000£1,250
Repointing a patioPer m²£10£20£15
Scaffolding hirePer m²£15£25£20

Our costs are ballpark averages – get a local tradesperson to quote now

That said, there are lots of different factors that will affect your total repointing cost, including the type of repointing project.

Let’s take a look at some of the typical prices you might expect.

For a breakdown of each cost, we spoke to the online estimators at My Build Estimate – a professional estimating company monitored by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). This guide features the estimated average repointing costs they provided.

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How much does repointing brick walls cost?

Repointing a brick wall is one of the most common repointing projects.

As a general rule of thumb, you can expect a repointing price per m2 of £50 – £60, including clean-up.

Of course, the size of your wall and the number of walls that need work will impact your total cost.

How much does repointing a stone wall cost?

The cost to repoint a stone wall can vary widely.

If the stones have been laid similarly to bricks, you can expect to pay a similar price as if you were repointing a brick wall.

But sometimes, stonework has a more haphazard layout. For instance, rubble stonework isn’t laid in regular courses.

In this case, the cost of repointing stonework will rise as it will take longer to remove the existing mortar and apply the new mortar in lines that aren’t straight.

As a rough guide, the average cost of repointing stone walls or other stonework is £80 per m2.

How much does it cost to repoint a house in the UK?

Repointing the exterior of an entire home is a big job that needs a lot of labour, materials and access equipment.

Your cost will depend on lots of factors, including how accessible your walls are, how many walls need to be pointed and the condition of your masonry. Here are some ballpark costs to help you budget.

  • Repointing a single wall – such as at the front or side of a house – costs around £1,500 – £2,200 
  • Repointing a semi-detached modern house costs around £4,000 – £5,000 
  • Repointing a Victorian terraced property costs around £3,000 – £4,400 

Pointing Victorian brickwork

How much does chimney repointing cost?

Chimneys are more exposed to the elements than the majority of your home. So, they often need repointing first.

Keeping on top of your chimney repointing is an important way to protect and improve its stability. Plus, it can prevent potential leaks from finding their way into your home.

As a general guide, repointing a chimney costs £500 – £1,000, plus scaffolding hire.

How much does roof repointing cost?

Much like how mortar holds bricks together in walls, it also holds concrete tiles in place on roofs.

As a rough guide, your roof may need repointing around every 10 years.

Roof repointing can range from simply repointing the ridge edges to replacing entire sections of tiles.

Repointing a full roof can cost between £500 – £2,000.

How much does repointing a patio cost?

Repointing a patio or driveway stops weeds from getting through and fixes cracks in the existing mortar.

Much like with brick walls, the mortar is removed, the space is cleaned and then refilled. Usually, this is done with a resin or polymeric mortar.

Just bear in mind that if your paving slabs are loose and moving around then your patio will likely need to be re-laid, rather than repointed.

Repointing a patio costs around £10 – £20 per m2.

Repointing hourly rates

The average hourly rate for repointing brickwork is around £25 - £45 per hour.

That said, this will vary depending on the individual tradesperson, their experience and the complexity of the repointing work needed.

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What affects the cost of repointing?

As we’ve touched upon already, there are tons of factors that can impact the cost of repointing. Here are some of the main factors to bear in mind…

Type of project

Your costs will vary widely based on the type of repointing project.

For instance, are you looking to repoint a chimney or a wall? A whole house or just a patio?

This, together with the size of the area that needs work will have a significant impact on your total repointing cost.

Repointing a chimney

Raking out

Unless you’re just touching up small areas, you’ll need to rake out the existing mortar.

This process involves using power tools or a hammer and chisel to take out sections of the old mortar, usually to a depth of at least 15 mm.

Raking out costs around £20 – £50 per m2.

The condition of the masonry

Your masonry may be damaged due to damp, or bricks being chipped away over time.

If there are extensive issues with your brickwork, this can cause your costs to climb.

Cracks can often be repaired through brickwork stitching, but sometimes bricks also need to be replaced.

Materials

Modern buildings are usually repointed with cement-based mortar.

However, lime-based mortar is usually best for older buildings. This is because older properties aren’t built using a damp proof course and cavity walls like more modern homes. Instead, the walls need to ‘breathe.’

Lime mortar pointing costs more per m2 than cement-based mortar.

Scaffolding and accessibility

If you’re repointing your roof, chimney or the upper floors of your home, you’ll need scaffolding or mobile work platforms.

This will add to your costs, especially if access is particularly difficult. But why not take the opportunity to do other work to capitalise on the scaffolding hire?

For instance, you could consider replacing your roof or repairing your chimney at the same time if these need some attention.

Scaffolding hire generally costs between £15 – £25 per m2.

Pointing style

Not all pointing is the same. So, your cost may vary depending on how you’d like your mortar to look and how weatherproof you need it to be.

For instance, tuckpointing is a style of pointing that uses two different colours of mortar to create the illusion of thinner mortar joints. This is time-consuming and requires a considerable amount of skill.

As such, you can expect the cost of tuckpointing stonework or brickwork to be significantly higher.

Similarly, weather-struck pointing involves using an incline angle towards the mortar, which can produce a nice finish on buildings with new bricks.

Again, it requires more time and skill to get a good result than standard pointing, so will typically cost more.

Waste disposal

Lastly, all waste will need to be removed from the site.

Usually, this will be included in your repointing cost, but it’s always best to check before work starts. If not, you may need to budget for waste removal separately.

Repointing cost calculator

As you can see, there are lots of different elements that will go into calculating your total repointing cost.

The best way to get an accurate price for the repointing work is to speak to local experts. They’ll be able to provide you with a bespoke quote to take into account your unique project and requirements.

This brings us to…

Repointing quotes

We always recommend getting at least three quotes from repointing experts near you.

That way, you can get a feel for a range of tradespeople. Plus, you can make sure you’re getting a fair and competitive price for the work,

Our request a quote feature is perfect for getting quotes. You post details about the job you want doing and we’ll send it out to local tradespeople in your area. Try it out!

Alternatively, you can enter your postcode into the box below to browse a selection of the best repointing specialists in your area on Checkatrade.

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What is repointing?

Mortar holds bricks, stones and blocks together. It’s essential for maintaining your property’s structure and will also defend your home from water and damp.

But over time, mortar will weaken and get worn down. If you don’t take action, the integrity of your home could be at risk.

That’s where repointing comes in.

Repointing is the process of removing and replacing this mortar. It’s an important way to fix wear and tear on your property and will also improve the look of your home.

In the case of older homes, new mortar can even help you to reduce damp and improve the durability of your walls in all weather conditions.

How do I know if my walls need repointing?

Mortar erodes over time. So, all homes will need repointing eventually – although a good quality job can last over 50 years.

Telltale signs you need to repoint your walls include:

  • Soft and crumbly mortar
  • Wet bricks
  • Damaged brickwork
  • Holes in the mortar

If you discover a white powdery coating appearing on your bricks, this is known as ‘efflorescence.’ Efflorescence is often caused by damp, so it’s best to identify the source of the problem before repointing.

This is because if the poor mortar isn’t the cause of the damp, repointing could just trap the damp and make the problem worse.

If in doubt, a surveyor can confirm the quality of your mortar and any changes needed.

Damaged brickwork and pointing

What could happen if I don’t repoint my home?

If you don’t repoint your home when it needs it, this can cause a whole host of problems. At best, you could be dealing with damp walls. In very severe cases, you’re looking at potential wall collapse as the wall loses strength.

It could cost you around £4,000 – £5,000 to repoint a semi-detached house. But not repointing could be much more costly.

For instance, damp penetration on one side of a house could land you with a bill of roughly £10,000.

That includes re-plastering, recarpeting, replacing skirting and replacing floorboards in two rooms that are affected by damp, as well as repairing insulation.

If you think your home may need repointing, it’s always worth reaching out to a professional to see what they think. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

The steps involved in repointing

Here are the steps that a specialist will take when you hire them for a repointing project.

  1. Check the weather forecast – if it’s raining or below freezing, then any repointing work should be postponed
  2. Find troublesome areas that need replacing
  3. Cover the ground
  4. Clean the wall and remove any plants
  5. Remove current mortar from top to bottom (this is also known as raking out)
  6. Spray the wall with water to stop the mortar from drying too quickly and cracking
  7. Prepare mortar so it matches the existing colour and is the correct strength
  8. Apply new mortar into gaps, taking special care to fill all gaps and any air pockets
  9. Remove the excess with a wire brush and smooth everything out

How long does repointing take?

Wondering how long it takes to repoint a wall? It will all depend on the size of the area, any damage to existing brickwork and the pointing style you’d like.

It could take as little as a day to repoint a small section of a wall. But you could be looking at seven days or more to repoint an entire house.

Repointing a wall

Can I repoint my house myself?

Repointing may sound easy. But it’s also not difficult to do a shockingly bad job that leaves your wall looking worse than when you started.

From poor-quality finishing and cracking to accidentally filling in vital weep holes, repointing is no simple job. Get it wrong and you could risk making moisture and damp problems worse, and even lower the value of your home.

Repointing is a skilled job and needs to be done correctly. As such, we recommend you hire a qualified professional.

To find the best local, reputable, repointing specialists in your area and get a personalised cost to repoint your home, roof, chimney, or patio, use our free search feature.

Key takeaways for repointing walls, homes and chimneys

  • If repointing is done well, it can last you over 50 years
  • If your masonry is in poor condition, this can cause your repointing costs to climb
  • It’s not just walls that need repointing – roofs, chimneys and patios can all be repointed too
  • Hiring a professional for repointing is the best way to avoid long-term damage and structural issues
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FAQs

Is it cheaper to render or repoint?

If your masonry is in good condition, it’s often cheaper to repoint rather than render. This is especially the case if you can repoint just a few problem areas of a wall rather than rendering the whole thing.

Does repointing a house add value?

Yes, repointing a house can potentially add value to your home. This is because it can improve the look of your property, as well as keep it in good condition.

Can repointing cause damp?

Repointing an older building with cement mortar instead of lime mortar can cause damp. This is because cement mortar can seal in existing moisture. On the other hand, lime mortar allows the walls to breathe.

What can go wrong with repointing?

If repointing isn’t carried out correctly, you could end up with poor-quality finishing and cracking. A bad repointing job can be unsightly and even allow water to seep into your wall, potentially making damp problems worse.

Hiring a reliable repointing specialist is the best way to ensure that your repointing job is carried out to a high standard.

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