For many buildings and masonry structures, both old and new, masonry restoration is a key process that helps them stay in good condition. But the process might sound complicated to the average person. Here are the basics of what happens in masonry restoration.
When it comes to masonry restoration, repointing the brick is the simplest part of the process. Repointing brick is a way to repair joints between the brick by cleaning out the old mortar and replacing it. This method works best for buildings with a brick façade rather than a foundational element. For larger masonry structures, sometimes the brick itself is removed, and then the new mortar is added before the same bricks are reapplied.
Another element of masonry restoration is to address cosmetic issues with a surface treatment. This can be an acid wash or color wash, resurfacing with plaster or mortar, or just a simple cleaning. Surface treatment is good for minor restoration when the structure of the brick is solid, but the look is dull and needs freshening up.
In some cases, restoration might not be enough to cover extensive damage. When this happens, it is time to have the masonry structure repaired. Often with masonry repairs, there is old, broken, or crumbling brick that is taken away and replaced with new brick. It’s best to ask a professional whether restoration or repair is the best choice for your masonry.
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