Repairing a Brick Column Mailbox

The Advantages of using

Talented Masonry Artisans... 

 

* Worried that your column is so damaged you'll have to start over?

~In cases of impact and water catastrophes

we can usually reclaim more than 90% of the brick.

 

 

Even after high impact, most bricks and stones can be preserved. Some will be relocated to the interior, where they help provide the framework for the column. The best will be preserved for the facia. These will be carefully cut to ensure that the column design is as crisp and clean as it was prior to the mishap.

 

* Wondering about using old bricks or stones to build a column?

~In the hands of a masonry artisan, slightly flawed bricks and stone 

are cut to best display their unique characteristics. 

 

This is true whether damaged by impact, or stored for several generations. The caveat is to use bricks from the same era. The permeability of older bricks is extremely high and requires traditional, not modern, mortar. Our masonry technicians will be able to advise you fully upon seeing your material.  

 

* Want a new mailbox but don't want to tear apart your column?

 

 

~ The decision to upgrade a mailbox is frought with misunderstanding. Columns seldom need complete disassembling 

when upgrading to a modern mailbox. 

Water, Impact, & Other Mishaps... The Repair Process

Our technicians have been around so long, they attest to having seen it all.  Their experience helps them determine the quickest, (and thus, least expensive) repair.

 

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A column consists of a frame and a face. Bricks can be removed from both the facia and interior to help accommodate mailbox upgrades. If you are in the unfortunate position of needing a massive column repair, this is a wonderful opportunity to upgrade your mailbox. Modern mailboxes are manufactured from either aluminum, copper, stainless steel, or molded PVC plastics. They remain rust-free their entire lifetime. The designs are exceptionally attractive, with styles ranging from traditional curbside to impact-resistant chutes. Both front and rear-access styles abound, and nearly all can be ordered in either locking or non-locking designs. We obtain all our mailboxes from BudgetMailboxes.com. They have more than 1800 mailboxes suitable for columns. We have created an overview of choices on our Mailbox Styles Page.  Please feel free to peruse our repair slides (below) and offer any comments or questions on our Contact Form.  

PLANO Car Damage to Stucco Mailbox
PLANO Car Damage to Stucco Mailbox

Damaged by car impact, this stucco mailbox column needs the knowledgeable hands of a professional to bring it to its former glory.

Rust Damage to Stucco Column
Rust Damage to Stucco Column

Steel mailboxes of bygone eras rust. Not only does moisture get inside and make mail unreadable, but rust stains travel throughout your column, causing unsightly stains and sometimes damaging the stucco, brick, or stone mortars.

Basic Arched Column Form PLANO
Basic Arched Column Form PLANO

Arches are created from framework and carefully places bricks or stones. Embellishments can be added to any simple arch form.

Repaired Stucco Column / New Mailbox
Repaired Stucco Column / New Mailbox

This amazingly attractive mailbox is the Keystone Series by Architectural Mailboxes. Made from cast aluminum, it will never rust and will provide years of carefree service.

High Speed Impact Damage
High Speed Impact Damage

In spite of the condition of this mailbox column, masonry artisans will be able to reclaim up to 90% of the brick for use on the interior; saving the best bricks for the facade.

Repaired Column after Impact
Repaired Column after Impact

By re-cutting a number of bricks to maintain the desired shape, this mason facilitated a quick, yet attractive repair of this impacted mailbox column.

Impacted

Repaired

Impacted

Repaired

Column Mailbox Needs Repointing
Column Mailbox Needs Repointing

When grout begins to crack and discolor, an attentive repointing job can add years of service to a column. This is a great time to consider updating to a newer style mailbox.

Repointing Challenge
Repointing Challenge

This homeowner grabbed a quick bucket of mortar and began attending to the aging mortar on this column. However, he chose an unyielding mortar for brick that needed to expand and contract, which further damaged the brick.

Candidates for Repointing

Stained

Basic Form

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Stucco can be matched to YOUR Color Scheme

Let us put our expertise to work for you:

 

  * Reclaimed Brick

   * Impact Damaged Brick

   * Whole Stones

   * Broken Stones

   * Stucco

Freshly Applied Grout

Finished!