IVY & Brick Exterior

Originally Posted By: Jason M. Glass
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I live in a brick condominium where the exterior is covered with ivy. The ivy has been around for 30 years and is well maintained. Some residents are worried about the morter being ruined by the ivy and some would like to remove the ivy completely. The building is approx 60 years old and from my perspective the brick and morter looks pretty good.

I am afraid that if we remove the ivy this would be even worse for the exterior and do more damage. Any literature or links you could provide would be great. ![icon_question.gif](upload://t2zemjDOQRADd4xSC3xOot86t0m.gif)


Originally Posted By: gbeaumont
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Hi Jason,

I don't have any links to share with you as I'm away from my desktop, however Ivy is generally considered to promote the deterioration of Bricks and mortar, firstly it traps moisture against the side of the structure and impedes ventilation of the surface, secondly Ivy "Branches" put out tendrils which latch into the cracks and crevices of the masonry and further erode the surface.



Gerry Beaumont
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Originally Posted By: escanlan
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Hello Jason,

If you wish technical information on Brick, et al the Brick Industry Association is a good place:


As a point of reference keep in mind the ivy will retain moisture against the wall. Ivy will also act as cover against the drying affect of winds. The BIA does make mention of ivy's potential for damage in this technical paper:


Here is an article from DoItYourself WEB site about ivy on bricks and the negative affects:


This is an ivy pro/con article from an English source who love their ivy:


Hopefully this will get you started on answers. If you Google search "ivy on walls" & damage you will find a plethora of information.

Good luck!

Manny (Emmanuel) Scanlan

Originally Posted By: Mark Dudley
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You sure see a lot of castles with ivy, but then they are done in stone, not brick and mortar.