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Posts Tagged ‘ stone masonry ’

Why Use Natural Stone?

Friday, May 13th, 2016
natural stone

Natural stone adds a sophisticated, natural element to any structure.

When it comes time to plan or build a new structure, many wonder just what materials to use. There are certainly a number of different mediums to choose from, all with their own unique pros, cons, look, and lifespan. Natural stone, however, is an old favorite that’s always worth another look for these, and many other reasons.   (more…)

The Benefits of Stone Walkways

Friday, April 1st, 2016
stone walkway

A natural stone walkway is an elegant and functional addition to your landscaping.

You may have a specific reason why you like stone walkways, but there are actually four huge benefits to having these magnificent walkways installed.

With summer approaching, now is a great time to have a professional masonry contractor work on your landscape before they get too booked. Let’s dive right in and take a look at these four amazing benefits of stone walkways. (more…)

The Benefits of Building a Retaining Wall

Friday, March 11th, 2016
retaining wall

Retaining walls combat erosion, discourage people from walking where you don’t want them to, and add an extra element to your landscaping.

Does part of your property slope towards your home? You may want to build a retaining wall. This is a wall that diverts runoff away from the home to prevent flooding. Plus, it can add a lot of flair to your landscaping! You can keep your lawn looking healthy and even landscape around your retaining wall to make it a focal point. There are several ways that you can benefit from adding a retaining wall to your property. (more…)

How to Properly Clean Your Stone Building

Monday, August 24th, 2015

A balancing act is required when cleaning a stone building. You want to improve the aesthetics of your property, but you also need to make sure that the cleaning agents will not damage the structure and integrity of the stone.

Cleaning a stone building is not a simple project, and there are many important nuances to consider before embarking on a big project.

Cleaning Your Stone Building

A balancing act is required when cleaning a stone building. You want to improve the aesthetics of your property, but you also need to make sure that the cleaning agents will not damage the structure and integrity of the stone.

Stone Buildings and Abrasive Cleaning

Abrasive cleaning normally offers a quick turnaround through sandblasting and other methods to remove dirt and old paint. Unfortunately, abrasive cleaning can erode the structure and foundation of the building material. For something as historic as stone buildings, abrasive cleaning can generally cause more harm to the aesthetics and structure than good. Ornamental stone is at great risk of becoming damaged when excessive abrasive cleaning tactics are implemented. (more…)

Benefits of Using Stone to Construct Buildings

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Stone can be a beautiful way to construct or just accent your buildings and other structures. But what makes it advantageous over other building materials like brick, for example? The following are five reasons to consider using stone as the material for your next building:

solid, dignified, stone masonry

Stone can be a beautiful way to construct or just accent your buildings and other structures. But what makes it advantageous over other building materials like brick, for example?

Advantages of Building with Stone

  • Environmentally friendly

Since stone is a natural material, it does not contain any toxic substances that may be harmful to humans. It can even be used in food areas! Stone does not require any chemicals or safety coatings to be made safe to use. (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…)

Advantages of Stone Masonry For Buildings

Monday, February 16th, 2015

solid, dignified, stone masonryIf you’re considering new commercial or residential construction get some stones and go with stone masonry for your project. Stone is more durable, long lasting, and better looking then anything else out there. Use stone masonry in your new construction and don’t just build a property, but build a property of value, that will last lifetimes.

Durable, Strong, Weather Resistant

No construction material is as durable, strong, or weather resistant as stone. Stone is hardly affected by the normal day to day actions that leave wear and tear on other construction materials. You might accidentally dent a plaster wall while moving furniture. Or scratch wood, or bend vinyl. Stone does not warp, swell, bend, splinter, or dent. And to chip or scratch stone you have to try pretty hard. Stone stand up against the blows of a sledgehammer better then concrete does. And wind, rain, hail, sleet, and snow do not bother stone in the slightest.

Long Lasting

Because of its strength, durability, and ability to weather weather stone lasts for a long time. The oldest human structures still standing are made from stone masonry. If you want a construction material that will stand the tests of weather and time, you build with stone. If you want your home or place of business to be an institution that you can pass onto your children, and their children’s children, you build with stone.

Aesthetic Appeal

Stone is versatile in its aesthetic appeal and can work well with other construction materials. It can be imposing, grandiose, dignified, and impressive, but it can also be warm, welcoming and homely. However, whether you’re building an extravagant cathedral, a solid bank, or a cozy stone cottage, stone is dependable. No other construction material makes a statement like stone. One that say’s you’re here and you intend to stay.

Stone Masonry From Del Prete Masonry

At Del Prete Masonry we have the expertise to build, restore, and care for all types of residential and commercial masonry, especially those utilizing stone masonry. We’re here to help you plan and build the stone masonry structure that fits your needs, with quality materials and service.

To find out more about your masonry options and building with stone masonry, 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+.

Why Should I Consider a Baltimore Stone Monument?

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

police monumentStone is made to last. People have been building monuments, buildings, and roads out of stone since the very dawn of civilization. Why? Because it’s naturally occurring and can stand up to nearly anything you throw at it. Take Stonehenge for example. Built nearly 5,000 years ago, Stonehenge in England is still standing today. While we’re not entirely sure what Stonehenge was used for, it still stands as a monument to the hard work and culture of our fellow man many millennia before the modern era. Setting something in stone means that you’re commemorating it for years to come. So, other than extreme resilience, what are the other benefits of building a stone monument?

Benefits of Stone for a Monument

Save your money – The upfront cost of stone might seem a little daunting, but it’s important to remember how long stone will last. If monuments have lasted for 5 millennia, you can bet that the price will even itself out before long (and way before 5,000 years, we promise). A stone monument won’t require a lot of maintenance or time, but it will commemorate whatever you find important for years to come.

Make it beautiful – If you’re creating a monument, there’s clearly a reason for it. The person, group, or cause that you’re making the monument for is likely special to your or your company. Opting for a stone monument means that you can design it in just about any way you want. You can go as small as you want or as big as you want with your monument. You’ll also be able to choose the type of stone you want and discuss all of the design details with your Baltimore mason.

Stand out – You want your monument to be seen and widely recognized. A stone monument can do that. Look at the Washington Monument, which can be seen for miles around. Though your monument may not be quite that ostentatious, you’ll still have a structure that will be easily seen and recognized!

Monument Masonry

Delprete Masonry is a commercial masonry construction and restoration company that services Baltimore and the surrounding area. For more than 25 years, we’ve been performing quality masonry work for a wide variety of clients with different masonry needs.  We’ve built a solid reputation for ourselves in the Baltimore area as a leading commercial masonry service. For more information, please contact our office today at 410-683-0650 or email us atmike@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+.