What is Masonry Restoration?
Say you have an old building that was constructed using brick, granite, or stone masonry. When old buildings and structures tend to deteriorate with time, masonry restoration comes in to revitalize these buildings. At it’s most basic level, masonry restoration brings an existing structure or building back to its original form.
What Techniques Are Used?
At ALL Masonry, the main techniques we use are rebuilding, replacement, tuck pointing, or chemical cleaning. The variance depends on the integrity and state of the structure and how much work needs to be done. Our trained masonry professionals will be able to give clients and quick and fair assessment of what needs to be done.
When it comes to rebuilding in masonry restoration, we remove parts of the old masonry section and try to incorporate both new and salvageable materials. Whether or not the old materials will be able to go back on the structure depends entirely on the state of their condition.
Our chemical cleaning process is more so like a shower for the old structure. Our job in this instance is to remove pollutants and stains that have stuck to the outside facade. The use of tailored chemicals are applied to the surface and then washed off with a pressure water cleaner.
Unlike the rebuilding technique, replacement masonry restoration completely removes all of the existing masonry and replaces it with new materials. However, the replacement material is specifically chosen to match the original structure in color and texture.
Typically thought of as the main type of masonry restoration, the tuckpointing technique is probably the most common project. Tuckpointing is when we repair a mortar located on a masonry wall. Using electrical grinders and hand chisels, we ground out the mortar joints and then brush and rinse the joints clean.