At Abstract Masonry, we have spent over 3 decades cleaning, repairing, preserving, and full-on restoring a variety of historic and contemporary structures across the country. Due to our wealth of experience and knowledge, we offer full-service masonry restoration services for a wide variety of different materials...
Brick is a strong and durable material and is capable of lasting for centuries. However, there are lots of ways that bricks can become damaged and that timeline is cut short. Examples of these issues are moisture damage due to freeze/thaw cycles, thermal contraction and expansion, wind erosion, or damage from plant life. Our brick restoration services can turn back the clock and reduce the effects of this damage, restoring a structure to its prior glory.
Stone is one of the most common types of masonry materials. Buildings have been built using stone foundations, walls, and amenities for thousands of years. The term stone, itself, is very broad and can refer to a wide variety of materials that are used for construction, including granite, marble, limestone, sandstone, and lots more. Our experienced team can provide stone restoration services that undo years of erosion and damage, and provide treatments that will help protect the masonry for years to come.
Adobe is a type of masonry material that is made from, essentially, sun-dried mud. The actual word “adobe” means “mudbrick” in Spanish. It is a common type of material that is used in dry, hot climates, such as the Southwestern United States. Although this material is highly affordable, it is highly susceptible to corrosion from water and other elements. Our team can help restore and maintain adobe structures.
Lots of historic structures will have exterior walls that have been covered by stucco masonry. Stucco is easily moldable and often used to create a variety of different designs, especially on historic buildings. As buildings settle over time, cracks can start to appear in the stucco. Continuous exposure to the elements and absorption of moisture can hasten this damage. Restoring damaged stucco on historic structures takes a high attention to detail to ensure quality and protection from future harm.
Terracotta is a lightweight masonry material that is heavily customizable to different spaces, due to its ability to be easily carved into complex shapes and designs. As a material, terracotta is highly affordable and easy to work with. Like any other material, it is also prone to deterioration over time. Common issues with terracotta include chipping, cracks throughout the structure, and environment-related corrosion. It is best to restore and repair terracotta damage as soon as possible, in order to prevent future damage that is more costly.
Mortar is a commonly used masonry material, but the specific mortar compound used in a structure is likely to be different depending on the time and geographic location of its construction. Earlier compounds of mortar tended to be softer and were considered a type of masonry material that would be more immune to water damage. While this is true, moisture can still affect mortar over time.
Historic Concrete Restoration
Concrete has been used as a construction material for over 2500 years, at least. Across the entire world, nearly every historic structure utilizes concrete as a structural material and design medium. Today, reinforced concrete is the material that builds cities. However, concrete is also extremely susceptible to damage by freeze/thaw cycles of moisture over time. As such, many structures made of concrete decades ago are in need of serious restoration services.