Common Causes of Masonry Damage

Masonry structures have properties like strength, durability, energy efficiency, fire resistance, sound-proofing, and thermal mass. Still, masonry repair can be required for a number of reasons. The most common are: 

Moisture Accumulation
Exposed masonry tends to absorb water, which can threaten its integrity. If water inside the brick goes through a period of freezing and thawing, it can exert additional pressure on it. Water penetration can be a risk to adjacent features like wood, metal, doors, and windows. 

Cracks happen as a building settles, or as a result of humidity or faulty preparation of mortar. Eventually, it can be a reason for brick repair. Events like earthquakes and floods can also subject your masonry structures to pressure, leading to cracks. 

Masonry restoration due to staining can be costly for owners conscious of their home’s curb appeal. Staining occurs when masonry or mortar is exposed to the environment. Water seepage and aging walls are the main causes of masonry staining.

Bond Failure
Brick and stone should stay intact to keep the integrity of any masonry structure. A common call for masonry contractors has to do with a loss of adhesion that can lead to bulging or peeling, hollow patches, and flaking.

This structural problem happens due to corrosion of steel systems, inadequate anchors for lateral support, and freezing and thawing cycles. Displacement results in the shifting of the masonry materials.

Falling bricks or stones are known as spalling. It’s caused by moisture penetration, freezing, and thawing over a long period of time. It can also result from structural stress over the masonry structure, and it can be a masonry repair emergency.

Father & Son Masonry Inc. is the preferred masonry contractor. Contact us to request a free estimate for your masonry restoration project.


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