Frequently Asked Questions

At Olsen Tuckpointing Company, we understand that you may have questions and concerns regarding your project, and we are here to answer them! We have more than 55 years of experience and we have a proven track record of customer satisfaction. We encourage you to read through some of our frequently asked questions and of course, if you are still seeking answers, contact us right away!

What is tuckpointing?
Tuckpointing is the process of removing and replacing badly damaged mortar and brick. Our team uses specialized tools to help ensure the highest quality of craftsmanship. Your masonry will be restored to its original condition.

Will the entire chimney, wall or house need tuckpointing?
We typically tuckpoint as necessary – replacing the damaged mortar joints or brick only as needed. Matching the mortar color, brickwork, and joint design is essential. Call in the experts at Olsen Tuckpointing Company – we don't consider the job complete until you're happy with the results.

How long should the Tuckpointing last?
Assuming any leaking or settling problems in the area are effectively fixed, tuckpointing should last years if not decades.

I’ve heard about skim-coating the mortar joints – is this a good solution?
If tuckpointing is needed, the mortar joints must be ground out to a depth of ½” to 1” to ensure longevity. Skim coating will pop out – it’s only a short-term fix and not a long-term solution.

Are you licensed?
Yes! Olsen Tuckpointing Company is proud to be a licensed, insured and bonded team that has more than 55 years of experience. We have a track record for success and always work to ensure our customers are completely satisfied with their finished product.

I need a new chimney, can you help?
Olsen Tuckpointing Company is proud to offer chimney restoration and repair for all Barrington and suburban Chicago customers. We will assess the damage and overall scope of your project and get started on helping your home look good-as-new!

Do you provide masonry cleaning services?
Whether you are just finishing a new construction project, or if you are looking to clean an old, weather-dated building, you can contact Olsen Tuckpointing Company. We provide chemical and restoration cleaning services to our clients to help restore the look of their brick and stone.

How can I get an estimate?
Olsen Tuckpointing Company makes it easy to get a free estimate on your next project! All you need to do is complete our online free estimate form to get started!

Still need answers? Call Barrington tuckpointing specialists at Olsen Tuckpointing Company!

For more information on how Olsen Tuckpointing Company can help you, contact our professionals to get started!


Outstanding service and workmanship
Sep 8, 2023 | | Skokie, IL

5 of 5

Jeremiah came to our home to give us an estimate on replacing the sill under our front door. Joe did the replacement on Monday, and went the extra mile to make sure the job was done correctly. He did a fabulous job replacing the sill and doing the caulking across the entire front stoop. During thee process of removing the old sill, he discovered that he could see into the basement and called the office to have someone bring some brick to the house. He bricked the area that was exposed before replacing the sill. This attention to detail was very much appreciated. Top notch company with skilled employees, and would use the again.

Jun 2, 2023 | | Village of Lakewood, IL

5 of 5

I had Olsen repair a brick wall leaking through to an inside ceiling and change my rowlock brick sills to stone. From start to finish I was extremely satisfied. Jeremiah came out right away and inspected the wall, offered his opinion and options. He was very knowledgeable and thorough with his explanation and answers to my questions. I was kept informed about the start date and there were no delays. Joe and the others did an excellent job taking down a portion of the wall, replacing the through wall flashing, rebuilding the wall and replacing the sills. The attention to detail really showed how much pride they take in their work. The flashing under all the sills was replaced as well as drip edge installed. Then the clean up and waterproofing of the wall. Water testing was done in the end to be sure we wouldn't have any other issues. I would recommend Olsen Tuckpointing Company to anyone who needs some work done without hesitation. Nice job guys!!! Part of what makes a good company great is good communication and yours was great.