Anyone familiar with the operation of a commercial building knows that there is going to be a good deal of regular maintenance required. However, they may be less familiar with how a commercial masonry contractor can be involved in that maintenance and what kind of work they can do.
From new construction to fixing some lingering problem areas, it’s good to know what a commercial masonry contractor can offer. These are just a few examples of some of the kinds of work they can provide you, so if you ever spot a problem, you know who to call.
No matter what material your masonry building is made of (stone, concrete, brick), it will start to wear over enough time. People use masonry because of its durability, but no matter what, changes in temperature, humidity, or shifts in the foundation might cause your masonry to crack. This results in compromised stability and waterproofing, so you must get a commercial masonry contractor to fill those cracks.
Any building that uses mortar as the glue to keep bricks and stonework held together also needs that mortar to be cared for. In some cases, that even means replacing it, as mortar will eventually chip or wear away, which lets water and pests get inside. Tuckpointing or repointing are processes where old mortar is removed and replaced by new mortar, making it look neater and improving your structure’s durability.
Stone and brick aren’t entirely resistant to moisture. Any water that gets into their cracks will eventually cause mold, or if it reaches the wood structures underneath the masonry, it can cause rotting. Good masonry work has waterproofing from the get-go, but a commercial masonry contractor can help get your waterproofing up to par if it isn’t already.
For any project where you’re working with vintage masonry, you may want to maintain how it looks to preserve that history. That’s where masonry restoration comes in, which involves rebuilding certain areas and other maintenance that prevents mold or fungus.
Because of the textures that masonry materials often have, any building with masonry is prone to getting dirty quickly once the dirt settles into the nooks and crannies of brick and stone. A masonry contractor can help by pressure or power washing the building’s exterior, preventing moss, mold, and pests. They’re also familiar with the suitable cleaning solutions so that you don’t cause any damage to your masonry work.
Another element to consider is the flashings and joints that prevent moisture or flooding. If they fail, it doesn’t matter how much waterproof coating you’ve applied to your masonry; you’re going to get water damage. Your commercial masonry contractor knows how to replace those elements without risking the rest of your structure’s integrity.
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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 follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.