There are a few secrets you can use to ensure your Maryland masonry building outlives you! Masonry structures have been durable for many centuries. However, that only signifies your masonry structure will last forever with proper maintenance. Here are some helpful tips for preserving long-lasting masonry structures in Maryland.
Adequate Masonry Installation
The number one tip for preserving long-lasting masonry structures in Maryland is adequate installation and repairs. Finding a reputable masonry company to complete the construction and repair of masonry structures pays for itself. In addition, Del Prete Masonry knows the ideal weather conditions to work in, the suitable mortars to utilize, and other surrounding factors that boost a building’s efficiency and longevity, like proper drainage systems.
Moreover, high-quality masonry work is only possible by properly installing working drainage systems. Building drainage systems prevent water from overloading your masonry joints and weakening them. Ultimately, you protect your masonry structure from considerable wear and tear.
Act Quick on First Signs of Water Damage
At the first indication of water damage, you want to act quickly. When left untreated, water damage leads to the breakdown of masonry. The longer you wait to address water damage, the worse it becomes. It also increases the costs linked with repairing it. An example sign of water damage is if you discover a white build-up of efflorescence. Moreover, any signs of cracks in mortar joints will lead to water damage since water can quickly enter inside these cracks. Contact Del Prete Masonry for repointing services!
Look Out for Mold
Moldy bricks are trouble you want to avoid at all costs. Also, you want to ensure you always inspect for signs of mold, especially in bricks that don’t receive sunlight. If you see mold or moss developing on bricks, you should utilize a little dab of bleach diluted in water to scrub the area using a soft-bristled brush. Remember to try out a small amount of bleach in a discreet area to ensure it won’t discolor surfaces.
Watch Out for Signs of Masonry Damage
Another tip for preserving long-lasting masonry structures in Maryland is to look out for masonry damage:
- Cracks in masonry joints or missing mortar
- The growth of moss, mold, or green foliage
- Cracks along the entire wall, diagonal or straight
- Sagging in the middle of window headers or diagonal cracking near the corners of windows
- White efflorescence stains on bricks or mortar
CONTACT DEL PRETE MASONRY TODAY!
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