To classify as “historic,” your structure should have at least 50 years of life. Building repair and restoration are important for preserving architectural styles, as well as representing the culture of people and places. Masonry in architecture can include brick, terra cotta, stone, concrete block, cast stone, and the mortar used to bind these materials.
As restorers of historic masonry, we love discussing not only the historicity of ancient building techniques and materials but also how they can be utilized today. As we’ve documented in the past, the history of brick-building is an interesting one, manifesting as a sort of “unintentional cooperation” between different civilizations to make bricks the dominant
For as long as mankind has been interested in creating something monumental, we have been attracted to megalithic superstructures. From the Nazca Lines to Stonehenge, and the Titanic to Mount Rushmore, the aim has been twofold: firstly, to create something that would be regarded as the greatest exhibition of expertise and cooperation of the age;
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
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
The Essential Types of Masonry Sealants Masonry sealants are a modern way to protect historical structures from water damage and corrosion due to moisture and other elements. However, these sealants are only part of the puzzle. Using the wrong sealant on masonry, or applying it incorrectly, can often lead to worse problems in the
The Difference Between Repointing and Tuckpointing Pointing is the process where you fill in the mortar joints between your masonry in the construction process. It is necessary to get all of your different masonry components to adhere and form into a single wall or structure. Obviously, this is a critical process for the construction
How to Remove Graffiti from Masonry At Abstract Masonry, we work with a variety of stunning historical structures to preserve and restore their masonry. In many cases, these structures are in areas that are prone to vandalism from graffiti. If you have a masonry building in a city area, one day it is going