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Posts Tagged ‘ Masonry repair ’

What to Consider Before Hiring a Masonry Contractor

Friday, January 21st, 2022
What to Consider Before Hiring a Masonry Contractor del prete masonry
Masonry repair is a job best left to the professionals.

Masonry is the skilled trade related to stonework, encompassing everything from creating foundations from cinderblocks to laying paths of bricks. The odds are good that you have some sort of masonry restoration or construction project on your to-do list. But for the most part, masonry repair is a job best left to the professionals. If you may be looking for a mason soon, read on for some notes on choosing the best masonry contractor.

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Tuckpointing: Everything You Need to Know

Friday, September 24th, 2021
Tuckpointing: Everything You Need to Know del prete masonry
Tuckpointing is the process used to strengthen and support brick structures.

Many grand and historic buildings are made from brick, as it is a dependable material for most construction projects. Structures made from brick are designed to last a very long time, but they are not impervious to damage. For this reason, many brick buildings need to be reinforced. Tuckpointing is the process used to strengthen and support brick structures. Let’s go over the basics of tuckpointing.

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A Guide to the Different Types of Stone Masonry

Thursday, September 2nd, 2021
A Guide to the Different Types of Stone Masonry del prete masonry
With its durability and longevity, masonry is popular with countless homeowners.

Masonry is one of the oldest forms of craftsmanship still used today. It is a great way to add elegance and sophistication to any building. With its durability and longevity, it is popular with countless homeowners. Many different types of stone masonry are used in construction. Let’s look at some of the types of stone masonry so you can make an educated decision for your next project.

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Your Brick Masonry Questions Answered

Friday, August 27th, 2021
Your Brick Masonry Questions Answered del prete masonry
Masonry work can be a very complicated process for homeowners to understand.

Masonry work can be a very complicated process for homeowners to understand. There is a lot of work that goes into creating a high-quality and durable masonry structure. While your masonry needs may vary, there are some common questions masonry contractors are frequently asked. Let’s answer some of the most common questions about masonry construction.

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4 Signs Your Chimney Needs Masonry Repair

Friday, August 20th, 2021
4 Signs Your Chimney Needs Masonry Repair del prete masonry
Failing to identify a problem quickly can lead to more expensive repairs down the road.

Chimneys and fireplaces are lovely features to include in your home, especially if you live in colder areas. But, it is essential to take care of your chimney. There are many things that can go wrong with your chimney, especially if you do not remedy any potential issues. Failing to identify a problem quickly can lead to more expensive repairs down the road. Here are some signs that your chimney may need masonry repair.

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What to Expect from a Masonry Inspection

Monday, November 25th, 2019
Here are some of the things that you can inspect from a professional masonry inspection.

Whether you are looking after your commercial masonry structures or the brick walls of your own home, having an inspection is a key step in addressing any possible issues. But what does the inspection process look like? Here are some of the things that you can expect from a professional masonry inspection.

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How to Tell When Brick Masonry Needs Repairs

Monday, September 23rd, 2019
Here are some warning signs to look out for that your brick masonry could be due for repairs.

Generally, brick masonry structures are designed to last a lifetime. But weather and time can take a toll even on the most well-constructed masonry structures. Here are some warning signs to look out for that your brick masonry could be due for repairs.

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What You Need to Know About Masonry Restoration

Monday, September 9th, 2019
Here are the basics of what happens in masonry restoration.

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.

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How to Tell When Your Brick Fireplace Needs Repairs

Monday, August 26th, 2019

A fireplace can be a beautiful centerpiece of a room, and of your home. But sometimes brick fireplaces, in particular, can be tricky to maintain. Time and wear can start to cause problems, but if you don’t know what to look for, then it can be easy to miss signs of problems. Here’s how to spot where your brick fireplace might need repairs. 

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What You Need to Know About Acid Washing

Monday, August 12th, 2019
Here are some things you should know about acid washing.

After any new hardscaping project, you might notice that, in spite of cleaning the excess mortar, that there could be a chalky residue left behind. Fortunately, there is a simple remedy for this, which is an acid wash. By using an acid wash, your new masonry structure will be clean and look as fresh and new as it should. Here are some things you should know about acid washing.

How It Works

Acid washing cleans up the residue from a masonry project, such as a new installation or a repair job. By using a solution of acid, such as hydrochloric acid, that is diluted in water, the loose debris and thin film of mortar gets broken down so that it can be easily washed away. The reaction is usually mild and results in some bubbling, but in most cases, an acid wash eliminates the need for heavy scrubbing, which is why it is the preferred method of cleaning masonry.

DIY Acid Wash?

Although there are many acid wash products available at hardware stores for you to try yourself, there are a couple of reasons why it might not be a good idea to take on the project alone. First, most acid wash products require you to figure out the ratios for diluting the acid yourself. Even with instructions on the container, you might find that their recommendation is too weak or too strong for your project. Not to mention that handling acid can be very dangerous. Without the proper protective gear, you can get nasty chemical burns on your skin. 

Hire a Professional

Lastly, acid washing can be a delicate process and if you leave the acid on too long or scrub it off too hard you run the risk of damaging your masonry structure. While acid washing can sometimes replace traditional cleanup or help make up for a sloppily installed masonry project, it won’t solve everything. It’s better to have an expert take care of your masonry maintenance so that you will have peace of mind that everything will turn out right.

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 Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.