Ever wonder why the mortar joints between bricks come in so many different patterns? It isn’t just to make them look pretty, some actually enhance the water-resistance of the mortar and the lifetime of the wall. Some joints are easy to make and some require great care, but all are used for a particular purpose. The grapevine joint, for instance, was used extensively during America’s colonial period and is often replicated in newer buildings to match old styles in the area. The raked joint looks impressive but it has the tendency to trap water and should not be used in exterior walls. To find out more, take a look at our new article on mortar types.