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Posts Tagged ‘ stone ’

6 Common Causes of Masonry Damage

Thursday, December 14th, 2023
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Learn more about the causes of masonry damage to look out for.

Masonry structures are always a popular choice in residential and commercial construction. The materials and technology used in brick and stone masonry contribute to the strength, durability, energy efficiency, fire resistance, soundproofing, and style of each building. However, despite these advantages, masonry is vulnerable to specific kinds of damage that can weaken the structure and the accompanying benefits. DelPrete Masonry can help you prevent and treat the following common causes of masonry damage.  (more…)

3 Reasons to Leave Masonry Repairs to the Professionals

Friday, September 15th, 2023
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Trust masonry repairs to the professionals for the best results.

Masonry is one of the most attractive building materials, and it’s easy to see why it remains so popular to this day. However, despite its impressive longevity, brick and stone do need to be properly maintained to avoid any issues. It can be tempting to tackle masonry repairs on your own to save some money, but it almost always leads to wasted time and more money spent in the long run. Here are three reasons you should always leave masonry repairs to the professionals.  (more…)

3 Masonry Materials for Commercial Construction

Friday, June 2nd, 2023
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Brick, stone, and concrete are the best masonry materials for a commercial construction project.

When building any commercial space using masonry, multiple materials can be appropriate for the job. It’s easy to assume that classic red bricks are the only common masonry materials, but that simply isn’t the case. Here are three masonry materials that are great for commercial construction projects.  (more…)

How to Determine the Best Masonry Materials for Your Building

Thursday, April 13th, 2023
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Consider these factors to find the best masonry materials for your next project.

Every construction material comes with its share of risks and strategies. You’ll have to decide which type of masonry is best for your project, whether you’re constructing a new structure or enhancing your current building. Each variety has pros and cons to consider if you want your construction project to go as planned. Speaking with a professional masonry contractor is the best way to learn about different masonry products. In the meantime, we offer you this blog to read. Here is how to determine the best masonry materials for your building.  (more…)

3 Reasons Commercial Buildings Need Masonry

Friday, February 24th, 2023
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Discover three great reasons why commercial buildings need masonry to look their best.

Are you debating the right way to construct new commercial buildings or to do some heavy renovations to an existing building? If so, you’ll need to make many considerations and vital decisions about the material you want for your structure. Most people gravitate towards vinyl siding because it’s cost-effective. However, we’d like to argue that masonry is better for commercial buildings. Here are three reasons why commercial buildings need masonry.  (more…)

3 Types of Masonry for Commercial Buildings

Thursday, February 2nd, 2023
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Explore the three popular types of masonry available for your commercial building.

Commercial buildings come in all shapes and sizes and can be built with numerous materials. If you are still trying to determine the best material for your commercial building, consider masonry. Brick, concrete, and stone can all provide unique aesthetic and practical benefits. Which of these types of masonry is best for your new construction project? Consider the advantages of each and then plan your best masonry project with DelPrete Masonry.  (more…)

What is Acid Washing?

Monday, February 18th, 2019

After any wet-set hardscaping installation, you need to give your project an acid wash remove any leftover residue and bring the stone to life.

You’ve completed your new hardscaping project and cleaned up most of the extra mortar, but there’s still a chalky residue keeping your new installation from looking the way you expected. It’s time for an acid wash to finish up your new feature. After any wet-set hardscape installation, you need to give your project a final clean to help remove any leftover residue and bring the stone to life.


Using Natural Stone in New Construction

Friday, January 4th, 2019
Using Natural Stone in New Construction

The possibilities are endless when using natural stone in your new construction project.

There are many options available when it comes to choosing building materials for your new construction. They each come with their own set of pros and cons. Natural stone is one that has a list of pros that far outweigh the cons. Some people see this material as being heavy and inflexible, but the opposite is true. The possibilities are endless when using natural stone in your new construction project.   (more…)

Brick, Block, And Stone, Oh My!

Monday, February 12th, 2018

Stone is a durable material that gives your building or structure a timeless look.

There is a lot of thought that goes into constructing a new building. Whether it be a brand new commercial building or restoration to make your business pop, you have a lot of decisions to make. The first starts with what material you are going to use for your next masonry project. The three most common ones are brick, concrete block, and stone. Here is some information on the three that will help make your masonry decisions easier.


Brick is an eco-friendly material since it is made from some of the Earth’s most available materials, shale and clay. It is both long lasting and durable, so you do not have to worry about your building or structure being easily damaged. They require very little maintenance as the color of bricks doesn’t really fade. They are weather resistant, so you don’t have to worry about the wind knocking them out of place. The downside to brick is that it is held together by mortar, which Is not as durable. The mortar needs to be tended to every so often because otherwise it could cause damage to your bricks. There also isn’t much design variation for your masonry project with this option, as most bricks have a standard color and shape.


Concrete block has an interesting advantage over the rest in that it repels insects. Buildings made with these blocks tend to have fewer insect infestations. While brick is pretty weather resistant, block is known to resist huge natural disasters. They can withstand hurricane winds, tornadoes, and most earthquakes. It is also fire resistant so if your building does happen to catch fire, there is a lower chance it will collapse and sustain extensive damage. There are a variety of different finishes you can use with blocks, so you have more versatility in its design than with bricks. On the flip side, water can seep through block more so than other materials. With this material, you might have to do some waterproofing and assure that your building has proper drainage.


Stone is also a very durable material like the other two. It gives a building a very luxurious look and works well combined with other construction materials. It is a material that will never go out of style, giving your building or structure a timeless look. Stone is ideal for warm climates because it is a naturally cool material, so it will keep the interior of a building cooler. You can use local stone for your masonry project to save money and give it a unique element that another structure may not have. The disadvantage of stone is that the installation requires a lot more time and effort. This makes it more expensive since more work goes into it. Since it is naturally cool, that’s a disadvantage for when the cold weather rolls around because your building will likely be colder as well.

Your Preferred Masonry Professional Is Del Prete Masonry

If you are ready to upgrade your home or commercial building with professional masonry installation or replacement, Del Prete Masonry has the experience and expertise to get the job done right for the right price. To explore our residential and commercial services and set up a consultation, please give us a call at (410)-683-0650 or contact us online. We currently serve Baltimore City and County, Harford County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel County, and Howard County. To see examples of our work and get more updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.


Why Your Business Needs Custom Stone Signage

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
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A stone sign demonstrates confidence in your business.

Many businesses often overlook the need for creating a custom, unique sign. A business sign is more than just a way for your customers to locate your company. Custom stone signage distinguishes your business from competitors and promotes your brand. A good sign can help plant the seeds for future sales and client relations. If you’re planning to start a new business investing in custom stone signage should be a key consideration.