If you have a commercial building that needs masonry work, it’s important to know the difference between masonry repair and masonry restoration. The two processes may seem similar, but the outcome can be very different. Masonry repair isn’t as in-depth as restoration, and while masonry restoration may be more expensive in some cases, the results will last longer and make your property look much better. Here’s what you need to know about masonry repair and masonry restoration:
All buildings will need some repair from time to time because they take quite a beating from the elements. When a building has structural damage or damage to the mortar, joints, or bricks that make up the exterior of the building, that structure needs masonry repair. Masonry repair is solely focused on fixing any physical defects in the brick, stone, concrete, or mortar. Some of the signs that your building needs masonry repair are:
- Cracked or chipped bricks
- Discoloration of the bricks, concrete, stones, or mortar
- Bulgin or spalling bricks
- Missing mortar
- Cracks in the mortar
Masonry repair should be done at the first sign of damage to the exterior of the building. Repairing small items immediately will prevent them from becoming large projects that could damage the structural integrity of the building.
Masonry restoration is a more complicated process than masonry repair. The goal of masonry repair is to stop damage before it worsens and ensure the building is in good structural shape. The goal of masonry restoration is to make the building as sound and as attractive as it was when it was built.
For older buildings, restoration is often needed to preserve the structural integrity of the building because repairs weren’t done when they should have been. Some of the processes involved in masonry restoration are:
- Removing worn-out materials and replacing them with new materials designed to match the original.
- Refinishing mortar
- Aging bricks or dying them to match the original color of the building
- Restoring stone
Because restoration involves matching bricks and stones and, in some cases, dying or aging materials, restoration can take much longer than repair. It also usually costs more. It’s always best to get masonry repairs done as soon as damage is noticed to prevent having to do expensive restoration later on.
But, if your building has not been maintained the way it should have, restoration is an excellent investment. It will ensure the structural integrity and safety of the building while also bringing it back to life with a refreshed appearance. After masonry restoration old buildings have a charming vintage appeal but the sturdiness to last for decades. Make sure that masonry repairs are regularly made to preserve all the work done during the restoration.
To learn more about masonry repairs or restoration or get a quote for masonry work, contact our experts at Bruno Guerriero Construction Inc. today. Give us a call our fill out our online contact form!