AMR Labs is a
mortar testing lab providing certified
mortar matching services for all types of mortar, and
producing quality masonry repair products and custom mortars.
We have been testing and matching mortars and manufacturing custom bags of mortar for about 20 years with dedication to quality and accuracy. Our mortar analysis services provide timely and accurate results in a clear mortar testing report, and our analysis reports are commonly used and accepted by engineers, architects, and historic preservation organizations across the country.
In addition to providing quality mortar analysis and mortar matching service, we provide these services at affordable prices. Send us a sample and let us show you what we can do for you.
Mortar Analysis Testing/Matching - AMR Labs
AMR Labs is dedicated to providing quality brick and mortar repair products and services. Among these Services, we offer mortar analysis and mortar testing. These are part of our mortar matching services.
Matching the mortars type and crushing pressure are vital for several reasons. The most important reason is that improper mortar will not bond to the original mortar in the joints correctly. If the mortar is too hard, it will deflect and often causes damage to the bricks. If the mortar is too soft, it tends to crumble or deteriorate and is often unable to carry the weight of the brick. Both of these, allow re-cracking and can cause additional damage or danger of falling brick or walls.
We provide services across the U.S.
1525 Corona Dr.
Granbury, TX 76048
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AMR Labs is a mortar testing lab providing analysis of hardened mortar samples to determine the composition of existing mortar and create a matching mortar formula, and offers mortar color matching services also. Our lab testing services are often used to analyze and match old historic lime mortar for historic restoration and preservation, to determine mortar types and composition formulas, to determine if a quality mortar was used, or if the mortar used matches the recommended mortar materials for a project.
Mortar matching is achieved through a number of tests of samples
from your mortar. The first test in our
mortar analysis is a crushing pressure test to determine the
mortar type. Different mortar types will crush at higher pressures.
At this point, your crushed mortar sample is washed through a
hydrochloric test from which we derive various details about your
mortar including the color and gradation of the sand used. Only
after we have obtained all of these details about your mortar, can
we even begin to match the color of your mortar.
Matching Mortar Color
There are many masonry products available on the market for new construction, and many companies who try to use them for repair. This simply cannot work. These products come in grey and white and require full package consumption at time of use to achieve the labeled mortar type. When small portions of these bags are used to blend a matching mortar color, there is no way to know how much of the Portland or lime that make the mix are being used. This makes the resulting mortar type unknown. This is why we mix from the base units to create a matching mortar. It is the only way to know what type of mortar and crushing pressure is being created.
With this starting point, we match the grey tone of your mortar to our color charts, and begin adjusting pigments as needed.
After, your mortar color is matched, AMR Labs can produce custom bags of pre-matched brick repair mortar for your brick repair project.
We have put together many brick repair training tools to help you complete the brick repairs around your home. Among these are "The Brick Repair Guide" and various brick and mortar repair training videos.
We offer our mortar testing and matching services across the country. To learn more visit our masonry repair products pages.
We offer many types of mortar analysis and masonry testing including mortar color/composition matching. Some are listed below.
mortar analysis analyzes the
compressive strength of mortar, the
mortar composition, mortar type, the sand gradation, and
produces a mortar formula for
matching the mortar composition
and type of the existing mortar sample being
tested or to
analyze and compare two samples of mortar to determine if they
are the same. This mortar analysis includes
testing, hydrochloric testing or
acid digestion of mortar,
magnified examination, weight loss, and sand analysis. A cleaned
sample of the original sand is returned to you with the
testing report. This test is also used to determine if the
mortar is a historic mortar or rather contains
In this mortar analysis, we analyze the composition of mortar samples, compressive strength, and color and produce a mortar formula for matching the existing mortar color and composition. This includes an analysis of the original sand.
This analysis is designed to test the crushing pressure or compressive strength of mortar, brick, stone, block, or tile, and is used to analyze and determine if the mortar used is a good mortar for the masonry units or to determine what type of mortar should be used with the units. A good mortar is slightly softer than the brick or stone it is used to install to prevent damage to the masonry unit.
There is no reason for
masonry repair to look like this.
Get the mortar tested and properly matched. View our photos to see what this project looks like after our mortar testing and mortar matching services.