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Posts Tagged ‘ Baltimore masonry ’

How The Cold Weather Will Impact Masonry

Friday, September 15th, 2017
How the Cold Weather Will Impact Masonry

Stonework and masonry are both affected by cold weather and having a better understanding of what happens to these materials is essential to protecting them and your hard work from the harsh elements.

Cold weather is not usually the most ideal time of year to begin masonry projects. However, if construction began at a milder time of year and is now extending into the colder months or if your schedule just requires it, there are some factors you should consider to get the most quality and function out of your finished product. As we’re currently and rapidly approaching fall, now is the perfect time to brush up on your knowledge. Stonework and masonry are both affected by cold weather and having a better understanding of what happens to these materials is essential to protecting them and your hard work from the harsh elements. (more…)

What Exactly Is Masonry Restoration?

Friday, September 1st, 2017
What Exactly Is Masonry Restoration?

Masonry restoration is a broad term used to refer to any work on masonry on a home or commercial property that is already standing.

Masonry restoration is a broad term used to refer to any work on masonry on a home or commercial property that is already standing. It can refer to minor repairs in the brick outside or major restoration work on a historical building. Repointing is one of the most essential parts of masonry restoration, but it isn’t the only thing that occurs. Today we’re talking about masonry restoration, and what it is and is not. (more…)

How to Choose the Right Masonry Contractor

Friday, August 18th, 2017
How to Choose the Right Masonry Contractor

Whether you are working with a historical building or starting from scratch, choosing the right masonry contractor is a critical part of the building process.

Whether you are working with a historical building or starting from scratch, choosing the right masonry contractor is a critical part of the building process. The right masonry contractor will have the expertise, equipment, and experience to get the job done right the first time. Here are some of our tips for finding the perfect masonry contractor for your job. (more…)

Everything You Need to Know About Mortar Analysis

Friday, August 11th, 2017
Everything You Need to Know About Mortar Analysis

Mortar analysis is an important part of reconstructing historical masonry so that it lasts for long periods of time.

Mortar analysis is an important part of reconstructing historical masonry so that it lasts for long periods of time. The mortar analysis process is a scientific one that looks at the exact composition of the mortar used to attempt to create a duplicate, or gather historical information about building composition of the period. Here are the basics of what you need to know about mortar analysis. (more…)

How Professional Masonry Benefits You

Friday, July 28th, 2017
How Professional Masonry Benefits You

Masonry can be enduring and natural and adds value to your home, making it more earth friendly.

No matter what kind of home remodel or customization you are planning, masonry work can benefit you. Building with masonry materials is a centuries old tradition represented through historical structures that are still standing. Masonry can be enduring and natural, and adds value to your home, making it more earth friendly. There are a wide variety of other benefits we are going to discuss today, let’s explore. (more…)

Importance of Professional Masonry Restoration

Monday, March 16th, 2015

FoundationStone and brick masonry provide for long lasting, structurally sound, and impressive architecture. However, as long lasting as masonry may be, older masonry structures may still need masonry restoration for a number of reasons. The original mortar holding the masonry together may not have been well made, acid rain may have taken a toll, physical weathering, or freak accidents can all damage masonry enough to require masonry restoration.  If you own or operate a historic or otherwise venerable masonry structure it’s important that you get professional masonry restoration for your property. Professional masonry restoration can return structural stability, revive your masonries appearance, and protect the historic quality of the structure. Poorly done restoration may devalue the structure, or worse, cause more damage. (more…)

3 Things to Look For in a Commercial Masonry Company

Monday, March 9th, 2015

masonry contractorYou’re looking to have some professional masonry work done for your Baltimore business. However, you don’t know what to look for in a commercial masonry company. DelPrete masonry is here with a simple guide to how DelPrete masonry qualifies in all 3 things to look for in a commercial masonry company. Experience to get the job done, professionalism to get it in budget and on time, and a large body of work to prove they can get it done. DelPrete Masonry, has everthing you look for in a commercial masonry company.

Experience

Masonry is more then simple work or construction, it is a craft passed down from masters to apprentices who must undergo years of tutelage to become journeymen and then masters themselves. (more…)

Stonemasonry Signs Send Solid Signals

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

stonemasonry signYour Baltimore business has been doing well since it started, and an important anniversary is coming up. Celebrate your business’ anniversary with a stonemasonry business sign. A stonemasonry business sign sends solid signals to your employees, customers, and competitors. A stonemasonry sign tells them you’re strong, smart, and that you’re here to stay.

Stonemasonry Signs Signal Strength

A stonemasonry sign shows your business is strong in a couple of ways. A stone sign shows your employees that you believe in their solid performance. A stone sign shows your customers and investors that you have a strong commitment to quality. And finally, it shows competitors that your company is financially secure enough to afford the expense of a stone sign. The strength your stone masonry sign projects will make your employees and customers confident, and intimidate your business competitors.

Stonemasonry Signs Signal Smarts

Stonemasonry signs signal smarts to employees, customers, business allies, and competitors alike. Your new stonemasonry sign shows your employees your business smarts, as eye catching stonemasonry signage is sure to instill confidence in your customers. Your signage shows your customers and business partners, that you know the importance of branding and making a statement. Finally it shows your competitors your smart, because they know business is an arms race, and that by getting a stonemasonry sign you’ve stepped up your game. They’ll have to get a similar sign or fall behind, and because you got it first your customers will see your competitors getting it as playing catch-up.

Stonemasonry Signs Signal Staying Power

Finally, stonemasonry signs let everyone know that you’re here, and plan to stay. Stonemasonry stands up to the worst of weather, physical wear and tear, and lasts for centuries. Though your stonemasonry sign is expensive to begin with, it will pay for itself over the years because of its lasting power. It needs very little maintenance, is easy and fast to clean, and won’t need to be replaced in your lifetime. A stonemasonry sign will let everyone know your confident of your business, and that you’re not going anywhere but up.

Stonemasonry Signs from Del Prete Masonry

Your sign is one of the first things that people see when they approach your business. Your signs tell customers what kind of business you are. If you want your customers to know that you’re a serious business, dedicated to quality, and are here to stay you need to invest in a stonemasonry sign. But don’t just go to anyone, your stonemasonry should look professional and beautiful. Let Del Prete Masonry help! Please contact our office today at 410-683-0650 or email us at mike@delpretemasonry.com to get an estimate for your new commercial stone sign. We’re located out of Phoenix, MD and serve Baltimore City, County, Harford County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel County, and Howard County. Keep up with our blog for masonry related information, and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.

 

How Masonry Can Improve the Value of your Property

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

It is exciting to complete a home renovation project. When you take a look at your beautiful new kitchen complete with granite countertops and a shiny new built-in wine cooler, you think, “What’s next?” The inside transformation will most definitely increase the value of your home, but many forget to remember that the outside is what draws consumers in. Pulling up to the front of your home gives a potential buyer his or her first impression of the home. “It’s great, but…” is a common phrase when something is off in a buyer’s mind. You want top dollar for your property so making sure the outside matches the inside is crucial to increase the property value.

Generate curb appeal.

Giving your home curb appeal will escalate its property value. A manicured lawn, a custom stone sidewalk and a smoothly paved asphalt driveway are all factors that contribute to curb appeal. Repointing your chimney is also a good way to give your home the “oomph” factor it needs. If your chimney looks like it is not supposed to be attached to your house, it may be time to have it re-done.

Upscale your home with brick.

Using brick to add property value is very common and is a mason’s job. Residing your home with brick not only increases its appearance but makes it more energy efficient. Brick and stonework have become more popular among new homebuyers. The more people want houses like this, the higher the price of the home. It is a smart choice to add stonework to your front and back yards.

Create ambiance with stonework in the backyard.

Having a patio for guests and family to sit on is wonderful during the spring, summer, and fall months. It allows for more space to entertain. Friends will be impressed with a stone patio complete with an outdoor fireplace. This air of elegance increases the property value significantly. The higher the quality of materials is, the higher the price of your home will be.

Want a Reliable Maryland Masonry Contractor?

Call Delprete Masonry. As Maryland’s foremost experts on masonry repair, construction, and demolition, our skilled teams have what it takes to provide you with the very best in masonry contracting. At Del Prete Masonry, we’ve got the answers you’re looking for.

To find out more about your masonry repair options, please contact our office today at 410-683-0650 or email us at mike@delpretemasonry.com. We serve Baltimore City, County, Harford County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel County, and Howard County. Keep up with our blog for masonry related information, and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.

Building Better with Brick

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Brick and Stone ExteriorSpring is coming, your tax returns are around the corner, and you’re planning a new home improvement project. Del Prete Masonry is here to help, and to lead off we’ll explain why brick is the best material for your new home improvement project.

Strong and Safe

Fired brick, or ceramic brick, has been in use for thousands of years as a strong, long lasting material, durable to the elements. The component elements of brick can be altered to change its attributes, for example, brick can be made lighter, or stronger depending on the mixture. The raw materials and temperature that bricks are fired at can also be used to change the temperature of the bricks. Brick does not warp, rot, or erode as other construction materials might. It is also fireproof, and brick masonry has been shown to reduce the chances of a home being destroyed by a fire.

Low Maintenance and Energy Efficient

Brick is requires little maintenance, and has a high thermal mass, both aspects which make it an energy efficient building material.

Brick masonry construction does not need to be repainted, sanded, or refinished, like painted wood or plaster, and it does not fade and need to be replaced like vinyl siding does. All the maintenance brick needs is an occasional cleaning. This saves you time, energy, and money.

Brick’s thermal mass also makes it energy efficient. The thermal mass of a material measures how a material absorbs and releases heat.  Another way to put it would be as a measurement of the thermal “inertia” of a material. Materials like iron are good thermal conductors and have a low thermal mass, it absorbs and releases heat quickly. Brick acts as a material with a high thermal mass, and has a high thermal inertia. Brick keeps the house cool during the day, slowly absorbing and storing heat from the surrounding air and sun. When night comes time and the outside temperature starts to cool, the brick releases the heat it has absorbed into the home, and then starts the process all over again with dawn. Materials with a high thermal mass, like brick, are best in temperate climates like where we are.

Aesthetically Flexible

As a design material, fired brick is one of the most flexible materials around. Brick come in many colors, from whites and yellows, to the more common pinks, reds, and browns. Brick may even be purple or black.  Bricks can be made to all be the same color, or you can alternate colors, and construction patterns to make designs in whatever you’re constructing. It can be used in classical as well as contemporary design. And brick can be used well with other materials as a complementary or contrasting feature.

Want your next Home Improvement project done with Brick?

Call Del Prete Masonry. As Maryland’s foremost experts on masonry repair, construction, and demolition, our skilled teams have what it takes to provide you with the very best in masonry contracting. At Del Prete Masonry, we’ve got the answers you’re looking for.

To find out more about your masonry repair options, please contact our office today at 410-683-0650 or email us at mike@delpretemasonry.com. We serve Baltimore City, County, Harford County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel County, and Howard County. Keep up with our blog for masonry related information, and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.