I have a brick front home. The front porch (mortor) is failing and I see grass coming thru some areas.

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Should this be a regrout job or the repair morter? Does it matter which one is used of course understand that a bag of mortor would go futher?
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  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Apr 09, 2012
    This is called "re-pointing" and to get a good Idea of what is involved check out this article from the National park service. http://www.nps.gov/hps/tps/briefs/brief02.htm

  • Baby H Baby H on Apr 09, 2012
    hmmm KMS, This is more than I want to accomplish

  • grout isn't made for this use - you might try soil sterilant 1st - perhaps the grass isn't as large an issue as you think - even hot water will kill most weeds/grass

  • Baby H Baby H on Apr 10, 2012
    Its Really Concrete but it has pockets of missing Mortar. So I need to do something.

  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Apr 10, 2012
    You can assume that this will not get any better over time...killing the grass is the first step...roundup can be used to..the second will be patching or sealing....at a minimal level some "mortar repair" caulk should be used to keep the water out...water in a freeze thaw cycle will keep compounding the problem.

  • Baby H Baby H on Apr 10, 2012
    Hi KMS thats correct, I'm just trying to understand if I should be getting a bag of mortar or the repair tube. Is there really a difference other than a bag will do more area? Thanks

  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Apr 10, 2012
    Cost...the bag rate is far cheaper... a "bags" worth of volume in tubes of caulk will cost a ton more. The tube are great for small quick fixes.

  • Baby H Baby H on Apr 10, 2012
    Thanks KMS, basically I asked the guy at the store and his answer was" there is a difference but he wasn't sure what". LOL

  • stay outta them stores - last week many of those employees were holding signs in front of tax preparers OR gold buyers :-) or it seems to me, anyway. the ' difference ' is the tubes contain polymers & bags don't - kms is right but you need type s mortar if buying a bag, NOT N,,, repairs are always different than 1st noted - more information is ALWAYS a HUGE help

  • Baby H Baby H on Apr 11, 2012
    thanks Its Really Concrete!!