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What is an EIFS?

Often referred to as “synthetic stucco” (but not full-fledged concrete), an EIFS is a non-load bearing, exterior wall cladding system that consists of an insulation board attached either by adhesive or mechanically, or both, to the substrate.

Wet Weather Masonry Precautions

As the cold winter weather runs its course, wet weather in early spring is imminent. Even when the ambient temperature rises above 40 degrees Fahrenheit, you should consider the consequences of wet weather while planning any masonry construction project. Unless the site and buildings are protected, masonry construction should not continue during significant precipitation.

Spalling: An Early Warning Sign?

Spalling is the breakdown of masonry surface layers in response to high temperature or internal mechanical pressure sometimes caused by corroding reinforcing steel. Spalling can often be a warning sign of more extensive structural damage extending into the building.

What Is A “Turret?”

In a previous newsletter, we referred to the “turret” around the entranceway of the English Tudor home. A turret is merely a small, circular tower built into to a more significant structure, usually on a corner or angle, to provide a decorative effect. The difference between a turret and an actual tower is that turrets […]

Vertical Expansion Joints

Among the critical masonry restoration services we provide is the installation of vertical expansion joints. To allow expansion in the structures we restored, we cut vertical lines at the corners of the building to allow the bricks to expand or contract to avoid cracking. 

What Is A “Light Well?”

In architecture, a light well (also known as an air shaft) is an unroofed external space provided within the volume of a large building to allow light and air to reach what would otherwise be a dark or unventilated area.

Concrete Sound Testing 

Common defects in concrete include voids and inclusions due to improper consolidation, poor surface finish or cracked surface due to plastic shrinkage, damage and cracking from residual stresses due to thermal effects, surface weakness, weak bonds between steel and concrete due to bleeding, cold joints, etc.

Mansard Roofs

A mansard (roof) encompasses a four-sided gambrel style hip roof with two distinct slopes. The steeper slope with windows can be found on one side creating an additional floor of habitable space, known as a garret.

Anatomy of a Portico

According to the dictionary, a portico is a porch or covered walkway with a roof supported by regularly spaced columns or enclosed walls. This pedestrian definition does not do justice to the intricate architecture that formed the grand entrances to ancient Greek temples.

Using Drone Technology for Building Inspection

Engineers often have to face the challenge of inspecting tall or structurally deficient buildings. Situations involving high rise buildings, towers, or steep roofs may be not safe or may be inaccessible for a human inspection.

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