We’ve all done it, step on the gas instead of the brakes. Well this time, it happened and someone drove through the back of their garage! This happened years ago, and since then, the house was sold. The current owner wanted to get this repaired so that there isn’t any permanent damage to the garage in the future.
Since the garage was made of bricks, repairing it was just up our alley. Unfortunately, when a car strikes the side of the building (we’ve had this happen in the past!), the damage is low. When this happens with brick, we must replace and repair that area, as well as the brick above it. As you can see in the pictures, we had to tear out a large section of brick to repair the garage.
This particular damage happened near a window so we also had to support the window before we tore down the wall. Fortunately, the roof rafters ran side to side and there wasn’t a heavy load on the back wall. The roof was supported by the sides of the garage so minimal framing support was necessary. When bricks are damaged, usually you are able to “tooth” the bricks in to the area that does not need to be replaced. These areas require a little bit of extra work to make sure we fill the tops of the bricks with mortar so the replaced bricks are sealed and completely supporting the existing bricks above it and the sides of it.
Once supported and torn down, we started laying from the bottom. Within a few days we had the garage repaired. The final piece is to acid wash the bricks that were laid to clean them up from any extra mortar left on the brick throughout the repair process. The garage is now repaired and the client can rest assured that the structure is safe and fully secure.