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Preserving Historic Masonry: Seeing Structures as Art

By |2022-11-09T18:40:32+00:00November 11th, 2022|Masonry|

Many of the world’s most iconic structures are made from masonry. The Great Pyramid of Giza, the Colosseum, and even the United States Capitol Building are all examples of grandiose architecture built to stand the test of time – and they have. For centuries, masonry has been used in construction because of its durability, strength,

The Story of Historic Stucco & Why You Should Preserve It

By |2022-10-31T19:38:51+00:00October 12th, 2022|Masonry, Preservation|

Stucco is a type of plaster that is made from lime, sand, and water. It is a versatile material that can be used for a variety of applications, including walls, ceilings, and floors. It is also one of the oldest building materials in the world. It has been used for centuries in a variety of

Preserving SLC’s Historic Masonry: How You Can Help

By |2022-09-08T21:18:02+00:00September 10th, 2022|Preservation|

The rich history of Salt Lake City and its surrounding area still stands all around us in the form of historic masonry. These beautiful buildings bring unique character to our state, saluting the heritage that brought us to where we are today while accenting the modern age with a touch of brick and mortar.  It

Masonry Care Tips for Your Home’s Chimney

By |2022-08-16T20:14:32+00:00August 8th, 2022|Chimneys|

There’s nothing like the sound and scent of a crackling fire, flickering away in your home’s fireplace. As the hearth is the center—the heartbeat—of your home, a wood fire can offer you and your family warmth and comfort during the long winter months. Even now, during this trying time, something as simple as the hope

Why DIY Masonry Repair Can Be Problematic

By |2022-07-26T18:46:24+00:00July 23rd, 2022|Masonry|

The austere beauty of historic brick buildings fills their communities with distinct verve and character and also serves as a tangible link to their respective communities' cultural history. Historic masonry structures represent a blend of artistry and craftsmanship. While many examples are architectural treasures, sometimes the ravages of time can take their toll on these

Finding the Right Experts to Restore Masonry

By |2022-07-26T18:41:48+00:00July 9th, 2022|Masonry|

How often do you drive by a beautifully traditional or historic building—or a classic home in an older neighborhood or city center—and admire the intricate brick masonry work? Whatever the building may be, there is a gravitas and grandeur to beautiful brick masonry, even as the material itself is rugged and long-lasting. Not only are

Tips to Help Preserve Historic Stucco

By |2022-06-20T16:47:30+00:00June 27th, 2022|Architecture|

In preserving historic stucco, several different factors need to be taken into account- the process itself is something the good folks at Abstract Masonry have down to a science. In the following article, we will discuss some of these factors as well as explore the history of stucco as well as the nature of its

Paint Stripping To Preserve Historic Masonry

By |2022-06-20T16:27:22+00:00June 12th, 2022|Architecture|

When removing paint from historic structures, it is crucial that it be done in a way that doesn’t harm the integrity of the masonry materials underneath the paint. Many paint stripping chemicals can cause erosion and discoloration of the masonry. The team at Abstract Masonry excels at providing top-notch paint stripping services that are done

How to Get More Out of Your Mortar

By |2022-06-06T23:05:06+00:00May 25th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Mortar, which is created by mixing a fine aggregate and a binding agent, is what holds bricks and other timeless building materials together. Two factors determine its quality—its ability to bind and to keep water out! Even the finest mortars can eventually feel the effects of moisture over time, though. Whether you need to bandage

How Supporting A Local Mason Can Uplift Your Community

By |2022-06-01T17:06:33+00:00May 11th, 2022|Construction|

Hire an expert in masonry, and you will help your fellow humans in a number of ways! Here’s how preserving the construction crafts of your ancestors can uplift the pride, wealth, safety, and environmental health of your community: More Pride: Preserve Valuable Heritage  Masonry is a dying art, and if the buildings crafted using its

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