Masonry

Precast Concrete Steps

Concrete Precast Architecture in ChicagoPrecast concrete steps can save time and money when adding stairs to your home. They come in a variety of textures including wet cast, acid etched, marble and more. Often you will be given the option to include anti slip strips as well making them safe for your loved ones. You may be thinking that the special design you have had in mind will not be possible. This is not the case usually.

Sealing Limestone

Sealing limestone surfaces, such as countertops, is sometimes somewhat of a controversial subject. While some say it is necessary, others disagree. We will attempt to clear up any doubts about sealing limestone that you may have. Also, limestone that is dense enough may be polished. However, even polished limestone will never be as shiny as some think it should be, like marble.

Using the Right Type of Sealer

Natural Stone

Natural cut stone as a building material is derived from quarried rock; divided into three types, the classifications relate to how the rock was formed geologically. Igneous rock, such as granite, is formed by the crystallization and cooling of molten magma. It forms the bases of continents and mountains ranges, and is relatively hard and homogenous.

Sedimentary rock is created by a more complicated progression when weather and water movement erodes igneous rocks, forming gravel, sand and silt. These are deposited on the bottoms of oceans, lakes and river beds, along with minerals from sea water and marine organisms.

Repointing Brick

Brickwork Repointing JobA brick repointing job looks simple, but it’s actually not easy, and isn’t something the average homeowner should take on, since you can end up damaging a wall and creating a big mess. There are 4 steps involved; preparing the joint, mixing the mortar, filling the joint with the mortar, and finishing and shaping the joint.

Joint Preparation

Preparation for repointing is the step during which an inexperienced workman most risks doing permanent damage, and merely brushing out loose mortar and refilling will produce a joint which, although it may look fine, will decay and loosen within months.

Repointing

repointing a brick fireplaceMortar joints in masonry are one of the few parts of a building which are not deigned to be permanent. Properly applied mortar should last for 50 to 100 years, but the time will inevitably come when moisture, temperature changes, vibration and other deterioration make necessary the repairing and replacing mortar joints (also referred to as tuckpointing).