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Protecting the Future, Preserving the Past

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Keeping water out of your historic buildings

Historic buildings provide their own set of challenges to owners. More codes apply to them. They’re harder to work on, and often require special materials and more expensive work. And because they’re older, issues tend to come with the territory.

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Three reasons why your masonry cracks

Was that crack there before?
When you walk outside your building, you’re struck by a long, narrow crack working its way down between the bricks or stone on the facade. Is it new? You don’t recall it being there before.

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Finding and fixing leaky windows

That water on the windowsill isn’t a good sign. If you’re taking a walk around your building and notice water around the window, it’s possible you have a leak you need to fix immediately.

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Matching color for masonry grout repair

Masonry grout repair is one of the most important parts of maintaining a building, particularly if that building is older. Tuckpointing, the process of cleaning out old mortar and replacing it with new, is something that needs to be done every few years to keep up structural integrity.

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Your post-summer commercial building maintenance

The summer’s almost over, and while the weather’s good it’s a great time to take a walk around and see what needs maintenance and repair. Are you prepared for the fall and the winter? Extreme summer temperatures can create problems for later, but if you’re prepared, you can get out ahead of any effects the weather can have and make things easier for yourself. Here’s what you need to look for at summer’s end.

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Defending your building: elastomeric coatings

Water is the ancient enemy of structures everywhere. From the very oldest times, builders have been trying to find ways to keep water from infiltrating their buildings. Today, we have many different ways of doing that—and one of the best is elastomeric paint.

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