Masonry Care Tips for Your Home’s Chimney

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

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

Why DIY Masonry Repair Can Be Problematic

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

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

Finding the Right Experts to Restore 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

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

Tips to Help Preserve Historic Stucco

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

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

Paint Stripping To Preserve Historic Masonry

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

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

How to Get More Out of Your Mortar

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

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

How Supporting A Local Mason Can Uplift Your Community

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

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

Which Masonry Materials Require the Least Care

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

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

How Historic Masonry Features Impact a Home’s Value

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

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

What To Know About Repointing Old Brick

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

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