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How much does Repointing cost?

Average Price
$470 - $7,500

What is the price of Repointing?

Is your property in need of repointing but you’re not sure how much it will cost? Read our handy guide to find out how much your builder will charge for their services.

What is Repointing?

Cold weather or simply old age can cause damage to buildings that are made from brick. This includes the mortar that holds the bricks together. 

Repointing is the process of removing old mortar in brickwork and refilling it with new mortar. As well as looking unsightly, damaged or missing mortar can make your property more susceptible to moisture making its way into the building. If this happens, it can lead to a damp and cold property, plus potential damage to its foundations. 

Having repointing done will instantly refresh the look of your property while future-proofing it against various moisture-related conditions. Repointing must be carried out by a trained professional to ensure the new mortar is applied correctly and neatly. Repointing can be carried out on any building that is made from brick or stone, with older properties commonly in need of the service. 

How much does Repointing cost? 

The cost of repointing starts at $470 for smaller jobs and up to $7,500 for substantial projects. The average cost for a typical project is $2,500 nationally. 

Average cost of Repointing
Average cost$2,500
Minimum cost$470
Maximum cost$7,500

When working out the cost of repointing, your contractor will factor in the size of the area they need to work with. Plus, the accessibility of the building, as scaffolding is usually required. 

The cost will cover the raking out of the old mortar and the application of the new mortar, which includes the smoothing out process. 

There are various smoothing out techniques (pointing styles) that the contractor can use which will affect the finish of the job, though certain methods can be more expensive if they take longer to complete. 

What changes the price of Repointing? 

The cost of repointing varies depending on several factors, including: 

  • Type of job

  • Condition of the masonry 

  • Materials used

  • Scaffolding

  • Pointing style

  • Experience

  • Location

Type of job

The type of job will have the biggest impact on the cost of repointing since it will determine how much materials, time and labour is required. 

Smaller jobs such as patios can cost as little as $255 to complete. Repointing your patio will extend its lifespan, and this service is ideal to combine with a powerwash clean too. 

On the other end of the scale, if your entire property needs repointing then this can cost up to $7,500 on average. Usually, only a small section needs repointing. However, if you want to achieve a uniform look across your entire property, complete repointing may be necessary. 

Average cost of Repointing based on the type of job
Type of jobHighest average priceLowest average price
External stairs$765$450
Average size wall$2,000$1,400

Condition of the masonry

The damage to your mortar might be worse in some places, and non-existent in others. Where possible, get repointing done as soon as you notice an issue. Otherwise, if the problem is left to get particularly bad, it will cost more to remedy.

Materials used

There are various times of mortar available that can be used for repointing. Each has different suitability and costs associated, so ask your contractor what the options would be for your particular property. 


Scaffolding is almost always required for any repointing job since your builder will need to scale up high to complete the work. Though, the cost of the scaffolding will usually be included as part of the overall quote.

Pointing style 

Pointing can be completed in a variety of finishes to match the style of the building. You may also have a preference based on your taste. 

Styles of pointing include:

  • Flush pointing

  • Weathered pointing

  • Keyed pointing

  • V-groove pointing

  • Beaded pointing

  • Struck pointing

  • Recessed pointing

  • Tuckpointing

Some styles are more difficult to complete than others. If so, they will require more time, expertise, and possibly labour and will cost more than simpler styles. 


Anyone who undertakes repointing should be a qualified contractor. However, there is also a huge difference between someone who is newly qualified and a builder with decades of experience. 

When it comes to repointing heritage properties, in particular, not all builders will have the experience to work with the quirks and demands of the building. So consider the experience of the professional carefully, instead of going on price alone. 


The cost of repointing is usually priced at a fixed fee, based on the size of the job. The cost per hour will also be factored in for each contractor working on the project.

The cheapest place to hire a brick or stone contractor across Australia is Perth, averaging at $48 per hour. The most expensive area is Sydney at $61 per hour.

Average cost of Repointing based on the location
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Is it worth getting Repointing?

For buildings that are made of brick, the mortar is quite literally the glue that holds the entire structure together. If you’ve noticed the mortar on your property has broken off or worn down, then it’s time to take action. It is not recommended to complete repointing or retucking unless you’re an expert, as you could cause further damage to the structure of the building. Plus, it’s difficult to achieve a perfect finish unless you know what you are doing! 

By having repointing carried out by a professional, you will enhance the look of the property while protecting it from serious issues. When completed to a high standard, repointing can last up to 50 years making it a worthwhile investment into your property. 

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