Brick restoration is a key part of masonry restoration. When your brick building looks faded and has acquired damages over time, you can trust a professional masonry contractor to restore the brick using various treatments. During a brick restoration, your contractor may repair mortar, revitalize brick color, waterproof surfaces, and replace loose bricks. If you are ready for brick restoration from DelPrete Masonry, learn more about what restorative processes can bring your bricks back to their former glory.
Repair Damaged Mortar
One of the first goals of brick revitalization is to repair the damaged mortar. Mortar is the cement mixture that connects every brick. Over time, after natural wear and tear, the mortar can wear down and cause structural integrity and appearance issues. The primary process brick restoration professionals use to repair mortar is repointing.
Repointing involves removing damaged mortar, applying water to the bricks and mortar, and strategically installing new mortar. You must trust professionals with this job, as an improper application of mortar during repointing can damage the structural integrity of the brick in the long term.
Revitalize Brick Color
Building owners are often concerned about the appearance of their brick buildings. Their colors can fade because brick and mortar can easily collect moisture, dirt, and pollution. Exposure to weather over time can also cause the bricks to fade. Fortunately, you can revitalize the brick color. This may involve pressure washing and scrubbing the bricks to remove all contaminants. Again, it’s best to trust a masonry professional with this work so the power washing does not result in brick damage.
Waterproof Brick Surfaces
One of the most significant threats to brick and mortar is moisture and water damage. Bricks can absorb moisture, which causes bricks to weaken over time. You can prevent water from damaging your bricks through waterproofing the bricks. Your brick restoration professional will use water-repellant and sealant to ensure that the bricks are not vulnerable to excessive water exposure. For best results, it is best to apply waterproofing applications every five to seven years.
Replace Loose Bricks
Bricks may need to be replaced if they become loose. In some cases, damaged bricks are unrestorable and will be replaced with new bricks. Your experienced brick restoration specialist at DelPrete Masonry can remove and replace a loose or damaged brick without compromising the rest of the structure. The process begins with chiseling away the mortar that surrounds the brick. Next, the old bricks are removed, and the cavity is cleaned out. The brick is then either repaired and cleaned up or replaced with a new brick of similar size.
By arranging for brick restoration, you help restore the appearance of your brick building and maintain the structural integrity. Buildings can last for much longer with restorative services from DelPrete Masonry.
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