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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

Which Masonry Materials Require the Least Care

By |2022-04-19T16:43:43+00:00April 26th, 2022|Architecture|

Having a low-maintenance home and yard is a dream for many renters and homeowners. When it comes to your home’s exterior, vinyl may be the lowest-maintenance material. But what about different stones or bricks? What’s Considered Masonry Materials When it comes to masonry, the most common building materials for buildings and walls include: Adobe Brick

How Historic Masonry Features Impact a Home’s Value

By |2022-04-19T16:40:37+00:00April 12th, 2022|Architecture|

Did you know that brick homes tend to have higher appreciation rates than the competition? Since 2017, brick homes have often appraised 6% higher than homes with other exterior finishes. Thanks to being a low-maintenance and long-lasting building material, homebuyers often seek out homes with brick exteriors vs others, such as wood siding. While it

What To Know About Repointing Old Brick

By |2022-03-16T16:38:04+00:00March 26th, 2022|Repointing|

In masonry buildings, repointing is the process of resurfacing the point, which is the exterior component of mortar joints that has to be replaced. Weathering and decay generate cavities in the joints between masonry components, which are often bricks, over time, enabling water to enter and cause damage to the structure. It is possible that

Main Causes of Stone Deterioration in Masonry

By |2022-03-16T16:23:04+00:00March 11th, 2022|Architecture|

Some of the oldest buildings built by humans are still standing today. Despite the region, local climate and even differences in culture of the people that built them, they were all constructed using the same base material: Stone As A Building Material  Stone offers some wonderful properties, the stone is; Abundant Fireproof Weather-resistant Long-lasting Low

How to Preserve Historic Masonry on Your Home

By |2022-02-09T15:32:22+00:00February 6th, 2022|Buildings|

The history of any building is inseparable from its structure. It is more obvious in historic masonry that it can serve generations and transcend centuries without losing its identity when properly preserved. Unfortunately, preserving historic masonry is a delicate and often tedious process that requires a lot of thought and time-consuming work. Doing any less

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