Masonry

Old bricks and old mortar are physically different than new ones. Restoring old masonry requires special techniques, tools, and materials. We formulate our restoration mortars from scratch – raw Portland cement, hydrated lime, various sand and aggregate blends – each one a custom mix for the job developed from a thorough analysis of the original mortar.  And we match the old mortar color and finish tooling exactly, blending our own mortar colors, and using historic tooling techniques.

For chimney rebuilding, we incorporate all of the little fussy mechanical details: how rainwater drips off, how the flashing is designed, how the flues and the cap respond to weather changes. These will make this sometimes major investment last as long as possible.


Piles of bricks wait to be individually cleaned by hand for reinstallation.


When the top of this masonry wall fell over, we designed and installed a small overhead crane to reposition some very large pieces of stone.


For repointing work, the old mortar must be completely removed, here we’re using a special oscillating mortar removing saw.