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Concrete masonry is among the most durable building components available.  However, this material will deteriorate over time if not properly maintained, especially in the Northeast with our ever-changing weather conditions.  From our experience at Abbot Restoration, concrete sealing can be among the most effective methods for protecting concrete structures.

This article will highlight a few of the most frequently asked questions concerning the care of concrete masonry. For this article, the terms “coatings” and “sealers” are used interchangeably.

 

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Why consider concrete sealing?

Concrete is a porous material that can easily absorb elements such as rain and ice.  Water absorption becomes a potential issue when you consider the freeze-thaw cycles that occur during our colder seasons. As water freezes, it can expand, causing concrete to chip and break away.  Concrete sealing cannot only prevent water penetration, but can also assist with filing hairline cracks and existing separations.

 

 

Does concrete quality matter?

Concrete quality can vary widely. Poor quality concrete can ultimately cause building deterioration.  One of the significant reasons for the deterioration of the concrete is improper calculation of ingredients mixed in the formulation.

One method of determining the extent of concrete deterioration is core sampling. To achieve the utmost accuracy, it is important to take samples of both deteriorated and undamaged areas. By doing so, comparisons can be made, providing clues to the reason for the deterioration.

 

 

Are there different types of concrete sealers?

With advanced technology, there are two main coating types typically utilized.  Clear coatings are based on silicone, silane, and siloxane compounds that penetrate masonry surfaces. These types of coatings are available in gloss or matte finish.

Pigmented coatings are based on advanced water-based acrylic or elastomeric materials. These coatings are available in an array of color choices to provide the flexibility to change the appearance of the masonry surface.

 

 

As one of the most effective methods for preservation, concrete sealing can protect your structure for years to come.  For more information on choosing the proper sealer for your masonry needs, contact the experts at Abbot Building at 617-445-0274 or info@abbotbuilding.com.

Victorian Home Milton, MA (Phase 2, Front Side)The Victorian era roughly corresponds to the time when Queen Victoria ruled Britain (1837-1901) during which period the styles known as Victorian were used in construction. During this time, industrialization brought many innovations in architecture….

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building-envelope

By definition, an “envelope” is an encapsulating covering such as an outer shell or membrane. In simple building terms, it consistsof the roof, the above-grade wall system, and the below-grade wall system. The purpose of the building envelope is to protect the interior from external elements, including moisture, air, and temperature ingress and egress. The definition sounds simple enough, but in reality, because of the thousands of complex products and systems specified and the multiple trades involved, the probability of defects is relatively high…

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Boston downtown skyscrapers

Architecture often defines a city. From modest brownstone structures to soaring skyscrapers, architecture covers a broad scope of engineering and design elements. Boston is one of the oldest cities in America. Since its founding in 1630, Boston has always been a melting pot of old traditions and new ideas. In the late 19th century, the city came into its own as a cultural and architectural center. During this flourishing era, Massachusetts College of Art, the nation’s first and only publicly funded art school, and the Museum of Fine Arts, one of the finest museums in the world, were founded…

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water infiltration

Water infiltration is the archenemy of many building materials. Constant exposure can lead to erosion of masonry, sealants, and coatings causing deterioration or worse. Water can enter a building at floor levels, wall bases, and above windows, roofs, and pipes…

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Prepare To Repair

Estimating and bidding a masonry restoration project is a complex process.

At first glance, estimating and bidding a major masonry restoration project may seem rather straightforward. Define the job, pricethe job, bid the job. While these are the keys to the process, the tasks associated with each of these fundamentals must be carefully planned to assure that the process is successfully executed…

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Estimating and bidding a masonry restoration project is a complex process.

At first glance, estimating and bidding a major masonry restorationproject may seem rather straightforward. Define the job, price the job, bid the job. While these are the keys to the process, the tasks associated with each of these fundamentals must be carefully planned to assure that the process is successfully executed…

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To Preserve And Protect

To help protect and preserve the unique historic and architectural character of Boston’s neighborhoods, the City of Boston hasdesignated nine local Historic District Commissions to review proposed exterior design changes to properties located within the boundaries of each of the following Districts:

  • Aberdeen Architectural Conservation District
  • Back Bay Architectural District
  • Bay State Road/Back Bay West Architectural Conservation District
  • Bay Village Historic District
  • Historic Beacon Hill District
  • Fort Point Channel Landmark District
  • Mission Hill Triangle Architectural Conservation District
  • South End Landmark District
  • St. Botolph Architectural Conservation District …
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Coming Full Circle

Coming full circle is defined as returning to the origin of a project or situation. In terms of the service industry, coming full circle can refer to hiring a contractor back after successful earlier work. In its rich history as a successful masonry contractor, Abbot has been hired back on many occasions to work on new projects by existing clients. In some cases, this goes back a long way…

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