Category Archives: Masonry Restoration

Basement Waterproofing That Gets Results

Leaky basement? Instead of disrupting your landscape to treat your foundation walls or redirect the drainage, try the S+H Construction basement waterproofing solution. It works from the inside out, preventing moisture from entering the walls in the first place. The … Continue reading

Posted in Landscaping, Masonry Restoration | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Post and Lintel, the Basic Unit of Construction

Whether ancient or modern, classic or mundane, the basic unit of construction is the post and lintel, constructed out of stone, steel, concrete or wood. Mortonstones.LLC of Miami tells us how they repaired load bearing, steel post re-inforced brick columns that had … Continue reading

Posted in Architectural Conservation, Masonry Restoration | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Restoration of Traditional Coquina Stucco or Plaster, St. Augustine.

At 450 years old, St. Augustine, Florida is considered the oldest major settlement in the United States, and some parts of this building, the Government House Museum, date from at least 1598. The finish is a very traditional masonry coquina … Continue reading

Posted in Architectural Conservation, Masonry Restoration | Tagged | Leave a comment

Rust Jacking by Steel Spandrel Beams in Masonry Buildings.

Penetration of moisture into exterior masonry walls to concealed steel beams bearing open spans (spandrels) can create a condition known as “rust jacking”, where the iron oxides forming on the beam expand, driving into the masonry above and further dislocating … Continue reading

Posted in Masonry Restoration | Tagged | Leave a comment

Colonial Cut Stone Center Chimney Dismantled and Installed.

Colonial era cut stone center chimneys are relatively common in southern New England. The stonework there is generally superior to that found points north, where chimneys are mostly out of brick. The hearth is literally the center and “focus” (Latin … Continue reading

Posted in Masonry Restoration, Stonework | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Repair Portland Cement Damage to Colonial Chimney Brickwork

A little over a century ago, portland cement mortar began to supercede pure lime mortar until the latter has become widely unavailable, even for repairs. Florentine Renaissance Masonry of Salem, Massachusetts shows how previous attempts at restoration using portland cement … Continue reading

Posted in Masonry Restoration, Stonework | Tagged | Leave a comment