The repointing and bricklaying costs in this guide are correct as of 2019
If, like most homeowners, your property is built of brick, then you’ll need to keep an eye on the pointing of your home. The mortar that holds the bricks together is an integral part of the structure of your home, and when it weakens, it can lead to long-term damage. We’ve put together this guide to give you an idea of the costs involved in repointing.
Repointing is a relatively simple process, that involves routing out the old mortar and replacing it with new mortar. Old mortar will need to be cleared out to a depth of around 12mm to make the new mortar effective, and while it can be applied in small areas that have been particularly affected by water damage, in general it will need to be done to an entire wall, as mortar will tend to deteriorate at a similar rate.
The cost of repointing is typically around £20 to £30 per square metre. So, for a whole wall on a medium-sized home, the cost could be £1,000 to £1,500. Repointing the brickwork around an entire home would be around £2,500 to £3,500. This will normally include scaffolding costs, which are necessary when working at height.
Bricklayers can charge on a day rate or a set price for a certain amount of building - typically per 1,000 bricks, or 10 to 12 metres square. A day rate for an experienced bricklayer can come it at around £150 to £200 per day. If they emply a labourer to help, that may add around £70 to £100, though the job will also be done quicker. If quoting per number of bricks, then 1,000 bricks will be around £350 to £450 - a couple of day’s work.