History of Brick Masonry

If you’ve ever made a mud pie and let it bake on the sidewalk, you already know quite a bit about historic masonry. Today, the term “brick” can be used to describe any type of building block. Whether it’s made from clay or cement, bricks provide durable building materials for residential and commercial structures.  How

By |2021-07-01T12:42:44+00:00July 13th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Masonry Throughout the Ages

It is thought masonry skills were developed as mankind decided to move from natural-found caves into man-made dwellings instead. But what has changed throughout the ages when it comes to the tools and techniques of masonry? Masonry starts with natural materials that can be found around us, including clay, gravel, sand, and stones. But what

By |2021-05-17T22:48:16+00:00June 17th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Ways to Clean Masonry – Inside and Out

Building restoration may sound like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. When you approach the project one element at a time, it’s easier o get a handle on things. And since curb appeal is one of the best parts of your home to invest in, we have tips for different ways to

By |2021-05-17T22:42:41+00:00June 3rd, 2021|Uncategorized|

The Difference Between Repointing and Tuckpointing

The dichotomy that lies at the heart of all building restoration projects has been described, in no uncertain terms, as a philosophical conundrum. “If you want to respect an old [building],” goes the quotation, “it’s important to keep the philosophy of the builder in mind. You can honor it by restoring its original state or

By |2021-05-06T16:21:11+00:00May 13th, 2021|Construction|

How to Remove Graffiti from Masonry

Renowned architect Frank Gehry, futurist designer of such landmark buildings as the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Guggenheim Museum, and the Louis Vuitton Foundation building, once said that “in the end, the character of a civilization is encased in its structures.” While Gehry has always been enamored with the idea of pushing the boundaries of modern

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Playing with Blocks: Using Bricks in Construction

Since mankind’s earliest days, we have been a species of builders. Ancient peoples buried their dead by digging holes in the earth and covering the bodies with sand or gravel. Over time, in order to protect the dead from animals, narrow pits of stone were made that could be covered with a large rock﹘the first

By |2021-04-13T18:59:56+00:00April 13th, 2021|Construction|

Restoring Historic Masonry After an Earthquake

What to Do and What Not to Do Since the 5.7 magnitude earthquake near Salt Lake City, Utah on the morning of March 18, 2020, our phones have been ringing off the hook from good folks owning historic brick, stone or adobe houses, and commercial buildings. They are seeking advice on how best to act

By |2020-04-01T19:32:19+00:00March 25th, 2020|Architecture, Buildings, News|

Salt Lake Earthquake

Following the March 18, 2020 earthquake that shook Salt Lake City and surrounding areas, Abstract sincerely wishes the best for the health and safety of you and your loved ones. In cooperation with structural engineers and other professionals, we have aggressively advocated how best to prepare and stabilize residential and commercial masonry to withstand a

By |2020-03-19T15:50:30+00:00March 18th, 2020|Uncategorized|

COVID-19 Policy

To our Valued Customers, Partners and Friends: I appreciate the confidence you demonstrate in us every time you choose to work with Abstract. Current conditions throughout our state, country, and the world at large have left us all feeling a bit uncertain with the rapidly-evolving situation surrounding the COVID-19 virus. The health and safety of

By |2020-03-19T15:55:23+00:00March 18th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Is Your Mortar in Need of Repointing?

If you’ve noticed some spots of mortar on your brick home that are crumbling or simply in need of repair, it might be time to give the brick exterior of your home a little TLC. Brick is an excellent material. Not only does it provide a classic look that never feels outdated, but it adds

By |2020-02-26T22:43:06+00:00February 26th, 2020|Uncategorized|
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