In Scotland, both historic sandstone buildings and newer brick structures require regular maintenance and repairs to their pointing—the mortar finish between bricks and stonework. While the lifespan of pointing is shorter than the surrounding stonework, it plays a vital role in maintaining structural integrity. However, repairing high-up pointing beyond ladder reach presents challenges. Scaffolding is one option, albeit costly and time-consuming. Fortunately, there’s an alternative: Rope Access Pointing, Sealing, and Mastic work.

Rope Access Pointing, Sealing, and Mastic Work: At Balmore Specialist Contracts, our in-house Rope Access team offers a faster, safer, and more cost-effective alternative to scaffolding. Rope Access utilizes rope systems, similar to those used in mountaineering, to enable safe work at heights.

Understanding Pointing: Pointing refers to the mortar finish between bricks and stonework. Mortar, typically made from lime or cement, serves as bedding between stones. It must withstand rain while allowing the stonework to breathe and accommodate structural movement. Maintaining appropriate pointing is crucial for preserving building integrity.

Repointing with Rope Access: Repointing, or repairing pointing, is essential maintenance work, particularly for high-rise structures. Our Rope Access Team, equipped with extensive training and certification, specializes in working at height for a range of services, including welding, coating, inspections, and repairs. With over 35 years of experience, we handle everything from historic building restorations to modern mortar repairs and sealant replacements.

Comprehensive Building Maintenance Services: As a multi-service construction company, we offer a wide range of roofing and building maintenance services tailored to commercial, industrial, and private contracts. From re-roofing and chimney repairs to stone restoration and waterproofing, we provide comprehensive solutions to address various building needs.

Learn More: To discover more about Balmore, our building maintenance contracts, and our Rope Access Services, contact our Glasgow Head Office at 0141 944 6100 or email For inquiries on the East Coast, reach out to our Edinburgh office at 0131 314 2896.