Pointing Styles

Nort West Pointing offer many different styles of pointing

Repointing can be done in many styles,  talk to The North West Pointing Specialists and we will be happy to discuss your pointing requirements and advise you on the best style of pointing for your brickwork, following a site visit we will then provide a free estimate.

The most common pointing styles are shown below.  Tooled joints, notably the Weatherstruck and Bucket Handle, offer better resistance to rain penetration.


flush pointing
Flush pointing style

Flush pointing is made by wiping over the finished pointing with a trowel or piece of rough cloth. It is a suitable finish for sections of wall containing second-hand bricks, which have lost their sharp edges.

Semi Recessed

semi-recessed pointing style
Semi-recessed pointing style

With Semi-Recessed pointing the Mortar is set back from the face of the brick. This type of pointing is common to both Georgian and Victorian brickwork.


Weatherstruck pointing style
Weatherstruck pointing style

Weather struck pointing is made by running the trowel at a slight angle along the upper edge of the brick below the joint. Weather struck pointing can sometimes be made using a white cement and silver sand, to give a very white mortar.

Bucket Handle

Bucket-handle style of pointing
Bucket-handle pointing style

Bucket handle is probably the most commonly used style in the UK. The mortar is pushed up to the arris (edge of the brick) with the jointer to create a curved affect, which will allow the water to run off the joint and achieve good resistance to rain.

English Tuck

English Tuck pointing style
English Tuck pointing style

Tuckpointing is a way of using two contrasting colours of mortar in the mortar joints of brickwork, one colour matching the bricks themselves, to give an artificial impression that very fine joints have been made.

Beaded Pointing

Beaded pointing style
Beaded pointing style

Beaded pointing is a special type of pointing which is formed by a steel or ironed with a concave edge. It gives good appearance, but it will damage easily when compared to other types.