The causes of brick deterioration

What are the primary causes of brick deterioration? I would like to deal with this issue and find a solution to stop them wearing down over time to hold off the need to replace bricks.

Asked by Pete on 3rd Feb 2021
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"The rain can get into certain bricks and when it freezes, the water expands and can chip the faces off of bricks"
Answered on 3rd Feb 2021 - Member since Jan 2021 - report
"Simple bad weather. All walls should have a coping on top and engineering bricks bottom 3 courses."
Answered on 3rd Feb 2021 - Member since Nov 2018 - report
"Some bricks soak up a lot of moisture. So over time, the weather eats away the face. also if the bricks are damp and it freezes the frost blows the face off. Replace all damaged bricks and spray liquid silicone on all brickwork. Use proper products which when dry all brickwork look normal as before."
Answered on 9th Apr 2021 - Member since Jun 2020 - report
"Bad weather can cause bricks to crack and shatter... (cold weather).
You can use a weatherproof sealer, to prevent further deterioration."
Answered on 3rd Feb 2021 - Member since Jan 2019 - report
"Make sure the bricks have proper mortar in the gaps where bricks are next to each other and try to keep moisture levels low on the bricks."
Answered on 28th Jul 2021 - Member since Jul 2021 - report
"Deterioration is mostly down to the weather and soft bricks, if all the pointing is solid and intact wait until the summer and paint the bricks with a clear water proofer, also worth checking if your damp course is doing its job correctly"
Answered on 21st Feb 2021 - Member since Feb 2021 - report
"Most of the time it's due to bricks being weathered or a poor quality brick"
Answered on 3rd Feb 2021 - Member since Feb 2020 - report
"If the bricks are permanently wet they will deteriorate over time."
Answered on 3rd Feb 2021 - Member since Jan 2020 - report
"If the wall is south facing with the heat can cause dryness in the beds of mortar, if the damp course is broken, if one side of the wall /house hits most of the bad weather, make sure all the mortar joints are full /flush, and strong enough with the right ratio"
Answered on 4th Feb 2021 - Member since Mar 2020 - report
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