How do you secure an older lattice brick wall?


We bought a home built in the late 50s. We adore the lattice brick wall on the two sides of the house but a brick mason said they needed to come down. How can we repair them to save them?

  14 answers
  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Mar 14, 2020

    Hi Erica

    Are they unsteady and wobbly and possibly about to fall?

    Everything I am finding says if it is in need of repair it should be taken down and rebuilt.

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  • Gk Gk on Mar 14, 2020

    The brick mason is giving you the best advice. Did you ask him if there was anything you could do to save them at least temporarily? If you aren't happy with one person's advice ask another brick mason. Sometimes there are varying opinions and you will be asking experts.

  • Maybe the bricks can be saved and the wall rebuilt.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Mar 14, 2020

    The brick mason has likely given you his best advice. Have you tried a second opinion or asked him if anything can be done to save the wall?

  • William William on Mar 14, 2020

    Best way is to remove them carefully. Rebuild them by adding a new frame around them on both sides. They also sell wood boards with a groove specifically made for framing lattice

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Mar 15, 2020

    After owning a house with brick walls and chimney-built in 1950, we sadly learned that bricks do not last forever. They get exposed to weather which lets in water, the freeze thaw cycle really does damage which compromises them over time. We also learned there are coatings that can be applied to seal them, it was too late. We ended up removing the chimney above the roof and put shingles over the area.

    For your brick lattice, it sounds like the advice you were given is reasonable, take it down and rebuild if you want to. Something must be degrading enough to make the lattice unsteady and have a potential for danger.

  • Janice Janice on Mar 15, 2020

    Maybe get a second opinion, but I'd be considering the person's advice, though it isn't what you want to hear.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Mar 15, 2020


    I agree with previous comments : Second opinion and listen to Tradesmans advice. Ask for prices to reinstate as is. Get prices from 3 Bricklayers before deciding. If the walls are in danger of falling down, the only thing I can think of is

    to put up a wire fence full height both sides of wall to secure them for a bit longer, and to stop them falling and causing damage.

  • Sharon Sharon on Mar 16, 2020

    As a former mason's wife, I woulld listen to him but you could ask the price to save them - probably adding some anchors and repointing them.

  • Simple Nature Decor Simple Nature Decor on Mar 17, 2020

    Hire a brick mason if you have no experience.

  • Louise Louise on Mar 17, 2020

    I'd ask the brick mason.

  • Betsy Betsy on Mar 21, 2020

    Hi Erica: You can move the screws to another area on the wall where the lattice is attached to the wall. I'd go at least 2 inches away from the original holes. Don't screw into the mortar, but into the bricks. I'd also fill in any holes in the bricks with mortar. You have to use a special bit for brick, and go slow. Good luck

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 04, 2021


    Call in one or two other Bricklayers and ask them what can be done to save the walls. If they both say they need to be rebuilt as cannot be fixed, then ask costs and make a judgement two either have them re-built now or wait until they fall down before you do it.

    NB. If the walls do any damage to persons or property when they fall, it will be you they will claim against for damage!