Mortar composition matching requires an
analysis of samples of mortar. These samples are crushed, chemically
tested with acid, and other mortar testing methods to determine the
composition and ratio of binder materials of which they are
By matching the composition of mortar, it is easier to get a complete match of the mortar color. Mortar composition significantly changes the color of mortar, and requires matching the mortar composition formula to properly match the mortar.
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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.
How mortars are tested in our
analysis and what you get in your
mortar analysis testing report.
Mortar Analysis Testing
Our mortar analysis uses many of the common mortar analysis procedures including the compressive strength testing of mortar, acid digestion method of mortar analysis, and examining the samples through magnification, and collects these commonly unused facts about the samples of mortar. These additional details are used and calculated into our interpretations and results to logically eliminate the range of variance in testing results. Through this, we can more accurately identify the mortar composition formula and provide better results than any mortar testing lab using one standard testing method for mortar analysis.
Through use of our mortar analysis testing method, we are able to determine the mortar composition and match mortar colors more closely. As the color of mortar depends on its composition, matching mortar color also is dependant on the composition of mortar being matched.
Testing Mortar Samples/Mortar Composition Matching
This is why mortar analysis and testing are important in any masonry repair or historic mortar restoration.
We offer many types of mortar analysis and masonry testing including mortar color/composition matching. Some are listed below.
This 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 compressive strength 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 mortar testing report. This test is also used to determine if the old mortar is a historic mortar or rather contains historic lime.
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.