Home Buying in Chicago>Question Details

kathyioanno08, Home Owner in Chicago, IL

I live in a Chicago condo. How often are they required to do tuck pointing? It is expensive for us and the noise is deafening.

Asked by kathyioanno08, Chicago, IL Tue Jul 31, 2012

Help the community by answering this question:


need a very inexpensive referral?
Let me know.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 31, 2012
Hi Kathy,

Tuck-pointing is not necessarily a "general maintenance" item. It is done on as a needed basis and usually every 20-40 years depending on the wear/tear

0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 31, 2012
There is no "legal" requirement. The board should look at the condition of the building, and prepare a long-range, and short-range maintenance plan which should include the need for tuckpointing and routine tuckpointing maintenance.

Yes, it's expensive, but it's far less expensive than living in a clapboard property that needs to be painted every 3-5 years.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 31, 2012
Alan May, Real Estate Pro in 60201
It all depends on the type of brick and quality of craftsmanship. Some buildings require it every 5 to 10 years if it was not built properly, resealing it within a certain amount of years is also common.

Sohail A. Salahuddin | Broker Associate | Visionary

Innovative Property Consultants Team | Sales and Leasing

Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty

425 W. North Ave. | Chicago, IL 60610 

O: 312.335.3230 | C: 312.437.7799 | F: 847.805.6030


"Locally Known, Globally Recognized"
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 31, 2012
I'm not sure if there is a requirement. It makes sense that it would be a good idea for them to do it this often though. They want to make sure the building is kept up and in good condition. http://www.aaa1masonry.com/services/
Flag Fri Nov 14, 2014
Tuckpointing is indeed very expensive, but it's cheaper than replacing a whole wall. As previously mentioned, good tuckpointing will usually last 40-50 years if lucky, or as little as 15-20 years if not. It really depends on the quality of mortar and quality of work initially done. Having a deteriorated walls significantly reduces the value of a property. So your board is making the right move, by properly maintaining the property.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 31, 2012
Tuckpointing on brick walls usually lasts 20-40 years. On cinder block walls it might need to be done on an as needed basis every 5-10 years approx.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 31, 2012
so your sharing in a building tuck point that was voted by the board to be clear and yes its loud.. but if water gets behind the brick it will be 10 times the expense and 10 time the time so count your blessings that your board agreed to do it..
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 31, 2012
We need to do it often here. Ivan is correct, small portions of the building typically gets done at a time. It depends on the age on how often it gets done.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 31, 2012
Hi Kathy,

As often as required. Most buildings will do small sections at a time as the budget allows. Get involved with your board so that you are part of the process.

You might want to work from a coffee shop for a few days until the worst of it is over.

Ivan Sagel
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 31, 2012
Search Advice
Ask our community a question
Email me when…

Learn more

Copyright © 2015 Trulia, Inc. All rights reserved.   |  
Have a question? Visit our Help Center to find the answer