If your home or commercial building has brick or stone walls, you’ll need to hire a masonry contractor at some point during its lifespan. This is especially true in areas where exposure to the elements can significantly damage the brick or stone wall structure over time. The top of which is a settlement.

What is Settlement?

The majority of masonry-related problems are caused by a concept known as “settlement.” Which is when the soil around your house shrinks. This settlement is common because of the freezing and thawing cycle that our buildings are exposed to. The thaw accelerates settling because soil turns to mud in the spring before the summer heat has a chance to dry it out.

Settlement issues, for example, can have disastrous consequences for you as a homeowner or business owner. Water infiltration, extreme heat loss, and foundation issues can make your home or commercial building unsafe. That is why it is critical to understand the signs of masonry wear and tear. Local Boston Masonry is the go-to masonry contractor in Boston and the surrounding areas, and we can handle any masonry problem, old or new. So, if you notice any of the following signs, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Signs That You Need Masonry Services This Spring:

 

Vertical Cracks

This type of crack is normal and is caused by natural expansion. However, vertical cracks allow water to seep in during heavy rains, resulting in bulging brick or, if left unfixed, damage to the inner wall. For an experienced masonry contractor, this is a relatively simple fix.

Bulging Brick

This happens when the bricks in the outer wall jut out or cave in around a specific area. Moisture has seeped in behind it, causing this. Moisture either warps or forces the concrete and bricks to push out or sink in. A masonry contractor, such as ours, can remove the damaged bricks, assess and repair the damage behind them, and then replace the masonry to rebuild that section of the outer wall.

Mortar Deterioration

This is the point at which the mortar between the bricks begins to buckle or disintegrate. When there is no healthy buffer between bricks, they begin to loosen and rub against each other, causing damage and warping. Tuckpointing is a simple process in which a masonry contractor replaces or reinforces the mortar. These are just some of the major indicators that your building may require the services of a masonry contractor.

Masonry Services From Local Boston Masonry

It is beneficial to your commercial building or house to tell when to engage the services of professional craftsmen who can prevent your building from potential damage during the spring season. Contact Local Boston Masonry for all your masonry needs this Spring. We are experts at matching mortar to ensure that our work blends with the existing, undamaged structure. We are also affordable!

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