Masonry is a highly popular choice for building materials because it is durable but attractive and will provide your property with a distinguished style that lasts for years. However, regular masonry maintenance is required to guarantee longevity and the continued structural integrity of your building. At DelPrete Masonry, our brick and stone masonry experts have extensive experience maintaining masonry buildings. We know what to look for and how to resolve problems before they become disasters. Our maintenance programs include the following checks that provide thoughtful care to your buildings.
Why Maintenance Is Important and How Damage Occurs
Regular masonry maintenance protects and preserves the integrity of your building. Over time, masonry can deteriorate due to weather, aging, settling, and wear and tear. Cracks, gaps, and spalling can appear in the masonry, compromising strength and stability. By scheduling consistent maintenance, your masonry experts can identify any developing problems before they escalate into major damage that requires extensive repairs.
Step One: Masonry Inspection
Regular masonry inspections are the first step in proper maintenance. Inspections should always be performed by knowledgeable professionals trained to identify the tell-tale signs of damage or deterioration. Inspections from building owners or managers can identify visible cracks, gaps, or water stains on the surface. However, annual inspections by a professional can provide you with a more accurate picture of the building’s condition. In addition to checking for cracks, gaps, and spalling, the inspector looks for bulging walls and inspects the mortar joints, flashings, and other components.
Step Two: Exterior Masonry Repair
When issues are identified during an inspection, prompt repairs are needed to prevent further damage. Professionals with training in masonry restoration and repair techniques should perform exterior masonry repairs. At DelPrete Masonry, we know the best methods for restoring brick and stone masonry buildings.
Repairs can include repointing (replacing damaged mortar) and patching (repairing cracks or gaps). Prompt repairs can help extend the lifespan of your building and help you avoid repairs in the future.
Comprehensive Masonry Maintenance Solutions
Regular masonry maintenance services offered by professionals are what you need to keep your building’s masonry in top shape. These services include inspections, repairs, cleaning, and restoration, with specialized equipment and techniques that protect your building from damage. Cleaning involves the removal of dirt, debris, and pollutants that can accumulate and harm the masonry over time. The frequency of your cleanings will depend on your building’s location and exposure to environmental factors like dust, pollution, and saltwater.
If you want to keep your brick or stone building standing tall and looking beautiful, call DelPrete Masonry to schedule regular maintenance that prevents long-lasting damage.
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Whether you are ready to start your next masonry project or are still hesitant and have questions, Del Prete Masonry is here to help. We have the experience and expertise to get it right the first time. Questions? Want to visit some of our residential or commercial projects? Ready to set up a consultation? Feel free to give us a call at 410-683-0650 or visit us online. We are happy to serve Baltimore City and County, Harford County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel County, and Howard County. To see examples of our work and to keep up with our new and exciting projects, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.