Josh McElhany and Eric Reberger, both of Reberger Associates, begin to unpack mortar supplies in preparation for work on Monday before the intense heat of the afternoon sets in.
By IVY HERRON
Brick structures can last for a century, or even longer. However, due to Indiana's extreme weather cycles bricks are susceptible to moisture damage regardless of age.
North Clay Middle School, completed in 1998, is no exception.
"We've had to replace some bricks on the south face of the building this year," Building & Grounds Director Tom Reberger said. "We did the north side of the building last year."
Reberger said the repairs are done to maintain the appearance and physical structure of the building.
Weather conditions, like extreme freezing/ thawing cycles, and time can cause bricks to degrade and absorb moisture, or "spall." Spalled bricks will crack, break apart and appear worn and damaged.
Josh McElhany and Eric Reberger, both employees of Reberger Associates, said they have cut out a few more than 160 damaged bricks on the south walls of the school building since the project began in July. After removing the bricks and cleaning the mortar area, they will replace the damaged bricks with matching bricks and mortar using a "man-lift."
Brick repairs are expected to be completed before the start of school on Aug.16.