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Masonry Repairs For The Spring Season

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

Since your chimney sits on the roof, it is the most susceptible to weather damage. You want to get masonry repairs done as soon you come across any damage.

Spring is finally here which means that the warm weather is on its way. It also means that it’s time to look over your masonry and see what repairs you need. Spring is the ideal time for masonry repairs because it requires a lot of time outdoors and the harsh winter weather may have taken a toll on your building or structure. Fixing these repairs in a timely manner can save you money on extensive masonry restoration that you may need if you leave it be. Here are some masonry repairs you may need this spring season.

Chimneys

Since chimneys sit on the roof of a building, it is typically the most susceptible to damage from the weather. Freezing temperatures as well as snow and ice can increase the chances of cracks and leaks in your chimney. You want to check for any cracks in the crown of the chimney or bricks that appear to be coming loose. You also want to look for a white liquid substance coming from the chimney which could indicate that it may be absorbing water. These masonry repairs can prevent more extensive structural damage and avoid potential fire hazards.

Bricks

If your building is made from bricks, you want to inspect the interior after all that snow melts away from it. Bulging bricks or mortar can indicate drainage issues. Cracks in the bricks are a sign of foundation problems which are more likely to happen in the winter due to the freeze-thaw cycle that occurs. You should invest in masonry repairs if you notice any of these problems. Proper maintenance and upkeep of your gutters and downspouts will help to avoid future damage to your brick masonry.

Windows

The cold weather can have an impact on the seals of your windows. If your room feels colder or more drafty than usual, that could be a sign that the caulking needs to be redone or that the seal is starting to come loose. Any leaks or holes in the seals can cause more hot or cold air than you would like to come into your building, which can increase your energy bills. If you notice any of these problems, it might be a good idea to hire someone to reseal your windows or in an extreme case, you may need completely new ones.

Your Preferred Masonry Contractor Is Del Prete Masonry

If you are ready to upgrade your home or commercial building with professional masonry installation or replacement, Del Prete Masonry has the experience and expertise to get the job done right for the right price. To explore our residential and commercial services and set up a consultation, please give us a call at 410-683-0650 or contact us online. We currently serve Baltimore City and County, Harford County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel County, and Howard County. To see examples of our work and get more updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.

 

How We Cut and Replace Brick Joints

Friday, January 26th, 2018
Brick Joints

Masonry specialists can cut and replace brick joints professionally.

Sometimes, even though you take care of the brick around your home or business, repairs need to be done. In fact, one of the most common repairs is repointing brick joints where mortar disintegrates or around loose or cracked bricks. Letting damaged or eroded mortar go unrepaired can cause a whole host of problems, mostly from water damage that can impact your interior wall if your home’s exterior is brick. Repointing your bricks can extend the life of your home siding, patio, stairs, or walls and here is how the job gets done right: (more…)

Monument Signs and Their Value in Business Marketing

Friday, December 22nd, 2017
Monument Signs

Monument signs, like the one we did for Johns Hopkins, are great ways to promote your business or organization.

We all know that effective marketing is invaluable to a business, but one of the best marketing tools is signage outside of your location. Since there are so many types of signs, it can be difficult to choose which one is right for your business. If you’re looking for a versatile and sophisticated look to your signage, you may want to consider a monument sign to draw customers to your business. (more…)

About Custom Masonry Monuments

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
custom masonry monuments

Custom masonry monuments can give your business a big boost. Why should you choose to have a custom masonry monument installed on your commercial property?

Custom masonry monuments can give your business a big boost. Why should you choose to have a custom masonry monument installed on your commercial property? Who benefits from from having these signs installed? What are some the options you can choose from when it comes to these monuments? In this blog we will explore custom masonry monuments. (more…)

Advantages of Decorative Concrete

Friday, February 24th, 2017
advantages of decorative concrete

What are some advantages of decorative concrete?

When it comes to driving up business, drawing the customer’s eye is key. In this blog we’ll talk about the advantages of decorative concrete. Concrete, although solid, rugged, and dependable, is not always the most attractive. So how can you wow your customers? Think about using decorative concrete to help spice up your interiors and exteriors.   (more…)

Inspection and Maintenance for Brick Masonry Walls

Friday, February 17th, 2017
brick masonry walls

Keeping brick masonry walls in good shape is critical.

Whether you have a beautiful brick home or a historic building with original masonry, keeping your brick masonry walls in good shape is critical. What does inspection and maintenance for brick masonry walls involve and why is it so important? (more…)

Brick or Concrete Pavers?

Monday, December 12th, 2016
brick or concrete pavers

Brick pavers last a very long time.

Are you preparing to spruce up your landscaping and utilize beautiful new pavers throughout your property? Making the choice between brick and concrete pavers can be tricky, so here are some helpful tips to aid you in choosing which to use during your project with Del Prete Masonry.

The Benefits of Brick

Brick pavers are a wonderful option for many home and business owners for reasons like these:

  • Brick pavers do a phenomenal job at retaining color over a period of years, even when exposed to sun
  • Bricks last a very long time, aside from minor chipping and cracking
  • Brick pavers don’t require much maintenance to keep looking great
  • Bricks are timeless and classic
  • Brick pavers are environmentally friendly and made from natural materials

The Downsides of Brick

While brick pavers are fantastic options, there are a few downsides:

  • Brick pavers are more expensive than their alternatives by 15-20%
  • Brick pavers come in a smaller range of colors, since they are naturally colored
  • Bricks can vary slightly in size due to the way that they are manufactured
  • Brick pavers can require a bit more elbow grease during installation

The Upsides of Concrete

Concrete pavers work beautifully for pathways and walkways, and it’s easy to see why:

  • Concrete pavers are less expensive than brick pavers
  • Concrete can come in just about any pattern, shape, size, or color you can imagine
  • Concrete pavers can be made to mimic stone or other building materials
  • Concrete pavers are a breeze to install

The Cons of Concrete

Concrete pavers are not without faults, however:

  • Concrete can undergo major color fading over time, since they use artificial color pigments for their hue
  • Concrete pavers can suffer from surface erosion and look worn and damaged over time
  • Concrete pavers can be of dubious quality depending on where they are purchased from and crumble or crack before you even get started

Concrete or Brick Pavers? We’ve Got You Covered!

If you are ready to upgrade your property, Del Prete Masonry has the experience and expertise to get the job done right for the right price. To explore our residential and commercial services and set up a consultation, please give us a call at 410-683-0650 or contact us online. We currently serve Baltimore City and County, Harford County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel County, and Howard County. To see examples of our work and get more updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.

Why Masons Are More Than Just Bricklayers

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
masons

Masons can employ advanced bricklaying techniques.

Mason and bricklayer are two commonly confused titles. While these two professions do overlap in some of their duties and requirements, the hard truth is that not all bricklayers are masons. Most of it comes down to skill level. Typically, masons employ much more advanced bricklaying techniques that differentiate them from the average bricklayer. (more…)

Common Myths About Natural Stone

Thursday, July 28th, 2016
natural stone

Natural stone is an elegant masonry material that offers a lot of benefits.

Natural stone is an incredibly beautiful and reliable material when it comes to residential and commercial design, but many business and home owners question its practicality. Here are a few common misconceptions about natural stone, and why you might want to consider it for your next project. (more…)

Tips for Hiring the Right Masonry Contractor

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016
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The right masonry contractor will make your project painless.

Custom masonry projects are an investment in building value into your business. Finding the right masonry contractor for the job is important for minimizing headaches and making sure everything goes smoothly. Here are a few tips for finding the right masonry contractor for your project’s needs. (more…)