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Architectural Terracotta: A Beautiful Reminder of Bygone Years

Architectural terracotta refers to a fired mixture of clay and water that can be used in a non-structural, semi-structural, or structural capacity on the exterior, or interior, of a building. Creating strength and beauty, this material is a timeless choice.

Tips to Masonry Weatherproofing

Masonry brick and concrete are among the most durable building components available. However, both of these materials can deteriorate over time if not properly maintained. This is especially important in the northeast region with its ever-changing weather. With the correct masonry weatherproofing techniques you can effectively protect your structure for years to come.

Graffiti Prevention and Removal

Typically carried out as an act of vandalism, graffiti can decrease the value of your building. With masonry repair services and the proper prevention methods, your structure can be returned to its original state.

Concrete Rebar and Masonry Repair: When Is It Needed?

Although concrete is one of the most durable building materials available today, masonry repair services from Abbot Restoration may be needed.

Brick Pointing

Brick pointing, or repointing, refers to the process of applying mortar into the gaps between bricks. Pointing is an essential part of the finishing phase of wall construction, as it provides a layer of protection.

How to Butter a Brick

“Buttering” a brick refers to the process of applying mortar to the end of a brick before setting it into an established row.

Brick Spalling

Spalling refers to the deterioration and chipping away of brick at the surface level. This deterioration is typically initiated when moisture becomes trapped inside of the brick.

“Courses” in Masonry Construction

In architecture, buildings are built from layers of masonry known as courses. Courses are continuous layers running horizontally of the same unit bonded with mortar.

A Primer on Mortar Joints

Outdoor mortar joints need to be especially equipped to withstand water penetration as they will be directly exposed to the elements.

Portland Cement

Portland cement is used around the world as an ingredient in building materials such as concrete, mortar, stucco, and non-specialty grout.

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