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Stone Foundations: Basic guide

Stone Foundations: Basic guide

What is a foundation? A foundation is a structure that creates a strong, level base on which to build. It’s critically important that the foundation is properly built and levelled, otherwise there will be serious problems elsewhere in the house. Improperly done foundations cause settlement issues, wall cracking, bowing, water penetration and a host of… Read More

Lime vs Portland Cement? Which is Better?

Lime vs Portland Cement? Which is Better?

There are only two kinds of cement used in masonry, Lime and Portland. Cement is like flour, the essential ingredient in baking that can be used to make bread, muffins, etc. Similarly, cement is the essential ingredient for brick mortar, concrete and paving stones. Many people confuse cement and concrete, but they are not the… Read More

Bricks: Water Problems

Bricks: Water Problems

The main causes of damage to your masonry are water and salt. Usually they combine together to form a lethal combination. Bricks are not designed to be at grade level due to their porosity. Water will penetrate the bricks and then freeze and thaw over and over critically damaging the bricks. When bricks are baked… Read More

Brick Matching: Problems and Solutions

Brick Matching: Problems and Solutions

We can easily match all the common brick types. But the process is not always so straightforward. Occasionally bricks used on old homes, and sometimes on brand new homes, are either not available anymore or aren’t available to order in small quantities. In these cases, we have to look for the best possible match.  … Read More

How Mortar Breaks Down

How Mortar Breaks Down

One of the keys to preserving masonry is to recognize problems when they occur, and to make the necessary repairs before the problem gets wore. Most masonry products are built the same way. Masonry “units” – which can be bricks, concrete blocks or stones – are laid on beds of mortar and left to harden.… Read More