How Much Does Tuckpointing Cost?
What is the Square Foot Price for tuckpointing? How much should tuckpointing cost? Is tuckpointing expensive? Etc.
Plenty of ways to ask how much money one might spend on a tuckpointing project. Below is a detailed answer of exactly what it could cost and why.
We bid all our projects by calculating time and material. There isn’t a “set square foot price” With that in mind, you’re looking at around $5-$6 per square foot for the first ten feet in height and $7-$10+ for most anything above that. With tuckpointing, most of the cost involved will be labor and set-up. If it’s hard to get to, it’s going to take more time, labor and equipment. Chimneys are a good example of hard to get to places. The cost to tuckpoint a chimney is especially influenced by ease of access.
Additional costs can occur. When a tuckpointing project is under way, there might be additional brick work (brick repair, restoration cleaning, minor relay, etc.) involved. Applying a masonry waterproofer after project completion (highly recommended especially with St. Louis weather) will also cost a bit more.
A Helpful Tip: I’ve been approached a number of times by customers asking why my price is so low, and not as often, why my price is so high. When comparing bids, the most common gap can in price can be the scope of work (how much is actually getting done). So when collecting your bids, try to compare the relative ones.
Several other factors are going to come into play when you get your quote, such as:
- Quality and Experienced Labor
- Are you getting an estimate from an expert or the neighborhood handyman? How long has the company/crew been in the masonry field?
- Can the company provide pictures/references from previous work? Is the company recognized by the BBB? What’s their rating?
- How Long the Job Will Take
- Beyond the previously stated “ease of access” Other things to consider include how hard it will be to remove the existing mortar and is water and electric available on site.
- The cost of the materials to be used. Mortar, color, masonry cleaners, waterproofing material, diamond grinding blades and other consumables.
- Additional Company Overhead
- Advertising budget. If the company has commercials during the Superbowl and a billboard in the stadium along with it, you’re paying for it.
- A lot of larger companies have full-time salesmen. They meet up with you, sell you their product and you will probably not see or hear from them again until payday. Choosing a smaller company can save you tons of money.
- Tools and Equipment.
- Is the company using safe up-to-date tools and equipment? Quality tools cost more, but usually last longer and are cheaper in the long run.
- Does the company carry insurances. Liability, Work Comp, Even Proper automobile insurances.
The bottom line is you get what you pay for, good, bad and ugly. With Atek, you’re getting quality, experience and a job done in a timely manner at a competitive price. We’re a small Saint Louis company with a small advertising budget, where the owner is the Marketer, Salesman, and Part of the crew on site during progress of the job.
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by Jacob Thompson