What Causes Masonry Deterioration?
Masonry can deteriorate for many reasons. Water damage is a leading cause of masonry deteriorating in a building. Water can seep into the masonry and cause several kinds of damage, including the growth of pathogens, moisture infiltration, and mineral staining. More problems can result from freezing temperatures that negatively impact masonry. Freezing temperatures generally cause water to expand in the exterior of a building, which causes internal deterioration. Wind-driven rain can also push water through the masonry on the building and trap moisture, which in turn causes damage to the building and staining. While damaged masonry can sometimes be fixed, it is better to prevent the problem in the first place.
How is Sealing Performed?
Masonry sealing is a multi-step process that is relatively simple to perform by masonry restoration contractors and will ultimately make the exterior of your commercial building look better and be more durable. Sealing is used for buildings of all ages, while masonry restoration is typically reserved for older buildings. The first step in proper masonry sealing is cleaning and preparing the bricks. If existing sealers exist on the building, they should be removed, and the surface should be cleaned before another treatment is applied. Generally, pressure washing will suffice for sealing brick and ensuring it is in good condition. Sometimes, problems such as calcite, rust stains, or efflorescence can be fixed with the right cleaners before you apply a sealant or a sealer.
Next, you’ll want to look for water-based urethane sealers to create a nice glossy, wet look. The sealers contain several products that make them chemically harden to become more durable and resistant to other chemicals. The urethanes that the sealers are made from are ultra-violet (UV) stable, and they won’t become discolored from time in the sun. Urethanes are also water-based and safe to use. For the best protection for your building, you should strive to have the urethanes replaced at least once every 3-4 years by masonry restoration contractors.
Why Get Commercial Masonry Sealing?
Commercial masonry sealing is a good choice for many reasons. A building’s masonry sealed can prevent common issues such as cracks, staining, and deterioration. Masonry restoration can undoubtedly help a building that has already been exposed to the elements and other damage. Still, it can also keep problems from flaring up in the first place. Sealing can help protect a building against weather disintegration and damage from chemicals over time. Weather has a more immediate effect on the exterior of buildings, but chemical damage can accumulate over time and reduce the durability of your concrete commercial building. Weather can also affect the strength of steel in the concrete used to build the building. If you see signs of rust on the steel, it’s time for a replacement.
What to Know About Epic Masonry
Epic Masonry is a quality provider of sealing services. We are an experienced company working in the Minneapolis, MN region with a knowledgeable and skilled team. Our goal and passion is to give our customers individualized solutions to protect and restore their commercial properties. If you need help with your commercial property, you are hiring a company capable of doing the work on time and within budget working with Epic Masonry. Epic Masonry produces satisfying and quality work using a combination of expertise and skills for our valued customers.
Along with sealing, we offer many services for your commercial needs, including chemical treatments, caulking, waterproofing, historic preservation, brick, block, and stone restoration, and pressure washing. We also offer custom solutions, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you do not see the services you need listed above. Safety is always in mind at Epic Masonry, no matter the size and scope of your project. Epic Masonry will assist with your commercial masonry needs, but we don’t offer residential services. We work in the Minneapolis/St. Paul/Twin Cities area, and we’ll provide customer portfolios upon request.
Epic Masonry can assist with your commercial masonry needs in the Minneapolis/St. Paul/Twin Cities area. Contact us for service, and we’ll provide an estimate to let you know the extent of the work your property needs. We will also give you an estimate for pricing and timeline for repairs. No matter the project, we perform our work responsibly and with safety and integrity in mind. Ultimately, we leave our customers with durable, safe, valuable, and attractive buildings they can use for years.