I need some guidence on an issue that happened with the home I am building. We contracted to have our house built with buff mortar. We went by the home to check it's progress when we noticed they had completed about 1/3 of the brick, all the way around the house, using gray mortar. We called the construction manager and the crew was instructed to apply a float of buff mortar over the gray and complete the remainder of the house using buff mortar. We have 2 concerns, there isn't much definition between the brick and the mortar. It's a flatter surface, missing the detail of an indented grout line for lack of a better definition. Our second concern is
exposure to the elements over the long term and the ongoing maintenance that may be required. Not to mention resale and disclosure. Anybody ever run into this before?
They should make the joint profile match as well as the color. A flush or nearly flush jont is actually a good thing. The purpose of tooling the joint is to consolidate and seal the joint, and doing it in 2 layers will not be a problem. Just ask them to maintain consistant tooling beween the tucked portion and the newly laid part.
The issues I would have would be:
1. How thick this mortar addition was.
2. Was the previous layer dry when the buff layer went over it.
Thin layers over the top will pop off over time, especially in freeze zones, leaving you with spotty mortar variations all over the redone section.
You see this when people get their house repointed. If they don't deepen the joints to get a decent thickness of mortar in there, it pops off in a year or two.
This solution would be unacceptable to me. Have them remove all the sections with the incorrect color mortar and have them redo it.