As time and the elements have their way with older structures, masonry restoration becomes unavoidable — and essential. Mortar gives way, bricks crumble, stone decays, leaving a building susceptible to a whole host of dangers, from water damage to serious structural issues. At Restore Masonry, our vast know-how and experience means we’re able to not just to fix complex problems, but to make improvements that add to the value of your property and to its lifespan.
The most common reason for tuck pointing is to prevent water penetration through de-bonded, cracked or deteriorated mortar joints. The average mortar joint can last up to 20 years. Brick, on the other hand, can last for over 100 years, resulting in the necessary occasional repair of the mortar joints.
Conditions such as freezing and thawing, wind, and rain can erode mortar joints, and depending on a structure’s exposure to weather and other exterior elements, it may require more or less frequent repairs.
Unlike newer brick, older or “common” brick have less compressive strength and are more permeable to water/moisture. These conditions can lead to an eroded/deteriorated brick that needs to be replaced in order to maintain the integrity of the wall.
Stone repair is typically required due to excessive water/moisture exposure, poor or inadequate maintenance, and/or natural decay. Conditions such as spalling or flaking can be repaired without having to replace the stone. However, if previous repairs have been made with inappropriate materials it may be necessary to perform a complete replacement.
Terra Cotta Repair/Replacement
Damaged or deteriorated terra cotta can allow water to penetrate the substrate. In the past, the only available option for fixing this issue was a full replacement. Today, with the availability of breathable patching materials, terra cotta’s finish and integrity can be fully restored without replacement.
Damaged or deteriorated granite can allow water to penetrate the substrate. At one time, the only available option to working with damaged granite was a full replacement. Today, with the advent of breathable patching materials, it is possible to fully restore granite’s finish and integrity without replacement.
Typically associated with a moisture problem, a deteriorated lintel can be scraped, primed and painted or replaced all together.
Cracks in concrete allow moisture, air, chemicals, and more to penetrate the surface and attack the reinforcing bars weakening the structural value. Epoxy injections weld and seal concrete, restoring the structural integrity and eliminating the possibility for moisture intrusion.