Long-term problems with masonry often go undetected until a sudden failure occurs. The natural deterioration of structures due to time-related effects of weather and environmental conditions, as well as water infiltration, are key contributors to these types of failures.
What is masonry?
Masonry consists of building structures by laying individual masonry units, including brick, concrete blocks, and stone. Masonry construction provides appealing walls and floors for commercial buildings. It tends to be labor-intensive, but it’s worth it.
Masonry can help increase the thermal mass of a building and is more resistant to debris and extreme weather conditions than other types of materials. Because of the nature of masonry materials, masonry is very strong and durable, though it can get worn and cracked as time moves forward.
Importance of masonry restoration
Although masonry is durable enough to last a long time, it’s difficult to prevent constant exposure completely, and even more difficult if it was constructed poorly. Masonry materials are naturally porous, so they tend to absorb rain, ice, and snow. The process of masonry restoration can be time-consuming, but the main goal is to return an old or damaged structure to its original function and appearance.
First, the damaged masonry is removed carefully, and a fresh application of mortar is applied. Contractors will then find a match to the original masonry, though some materials are difficult to find. Masonry restoration, when done correctly, will leave your building looking good as new, making the restoration process worth the time and effort.
There are many causes of masonry degradation. JK Industries, Inc. has the knowledge, expertise, and technology to address your concerns, determine the source of the damage, and remediate the deterioration of any architectural surface.