The Importance of Masonry & Stone Reconstruction

As any masonry or concrete surface ages, it naturally begins to deteriorate, weaken, and lose its original beauty. Dirt, oils, smog, pollution, biological growths, and a host of other things can detract from the appearance of masonry surfaces. Also, over time, the mortar in mortar joints naturally cracks and deteriorates leaving them weakened and open. Worse yet, the masonry itself may begin cracking and deteriorating. All of these problems fall under the category of masonry restoration. Staat specializes in the restoring of historically significant buildings and landmarks through restoration cleaning, tuckpointing, reconstruction, and protective water-repellents. Of course, any of these may be addressed separately, but any full restoration job should be a collective effort of these processes to revitalize and protect your structure.

THE PROCESS
The first step in any full masonry restoration job is to treat discolored and stained regions. We follow manufacturer recommendation to choose the correct cleaners and detergents. These cleaners will alleviate almost any stains and dramatically transform the appearance of you building. Secondly, they will allow for flawless matching of mortar and masonry types.

The second step of masonry restoration is to reconstruct or repair damaged masonry and mortar joints. By first cleaning these surfaces, Staat Tuckpointing will provide flawless color and texture matching, which is the hallmark of our company. Tuckpointing repairs follow all necessary procedures; grinding all joints to the appropriate depth, rinsing them of excess dust, reinstalling mortar of the appropriate type and color, tooling the mortar, and finally, chemically cleaning the tuckpointing to give it a fresh appearance. Reconstruction and patching procedures follow similar standards to assure the highest quality of workmanship. Through attention to detail, your building will be seamless, and timeless – a perfect match to the original.

The final step to complete a successful restoration project is the application of water-repellents. This often-overlooked procedure is perhaps one of the most cost-effective investments for improving the longevity of your masonry. By applying the proper water-repellent to the proper substrates, a protective barrier is formed, locking out the harmful effects of mother nature. Many of these water-repellents can carry up to a 15-year warranty which will help protect your investments.

By following these processes, old, damaged, stained, and weather-beaten masonry can be restored to its original beauty, taking us back in time to the day these structures were built. These procedures also allow us to ensure that these buildings stand immaculately for years to come.

Read about our projects here:

The Arcade Building

 

Key Benefits of Staat Inc. Masonry & Stone Reconstruction Services

Dust Recovery Grinding Systems allow us to work inside or in areas where dust must be kept to a minimum.

Close relationships with preservation consultants provide us with a cutting edge in historical tuckpointing projects. We also stand by our relationships with our vendors in professional, historical preservation techniques and products.

Staat, Inc. has completed some of the largest and most prestigious historical preservation projects in the greater Midwest - Missouri, Illinois and Iowa to name a few, as well as national collaborations with various contractors. The historical value that is innate to these buildings is multiplied when we create the renovation that brings them back to life and adds to their longevity. We take modern concepts, paired with contemporary products to create a unique blueprint to solve some of the most challenging historical renovation projects in the 21st century.

We have a large team of masonry artisans who are timely, courteous, and efficient with an unmatched level of quality in the trade and dedication to detail.  Our vast knowledge of the variety of restoration project types and processes, allows us to say with confidence, that we can handle your masonry restoration project, whatever the size or scope of work; with targeted resourcefulness, we are able to offer our services to work with your budget.

Our ingenuity and efficiencies offer modern strategies to align your project with our vast knowledge of industry best practices and years of experienced, complex historical restoration and new construction projects. With our inventory of up-to-date equipment, we can configure access to a building with the least amount of interruption to building ownership.

Our team is constantly keeping up-to-date with training and continuing education from manufacturers and union training programs, to stay alert and knowledgeable on the latest advances and techniques available in our industry. You won’t find a better team who genuinely cares about the goals of the project and takes pride in their work on a daily basis.