About Mortar Color Matching
Matching a new mortar color formulation to an existing mortar is time-consuming and difficult. However, like matching paint or stain colors, time and care taken in the beginning pays off in the end. Color matching is always a compromise as the remaining good mortar in a wall varies across a range of colors. It is […]
Why Should I Keep These Old Windows?
People buy old houses for a number of reasons, but all old house owners will mention “charm” as what they like best about their house. But we all have bills to pay, and we all want comfort. So is it time to say goodbye to those charming but leaky old windows? The aesthetics of “charm” […]
About Built-In Gutters
Gutters catch rainwater and melt water at the bottom of a roof, and direct the water to the ground through downspouts. Collecting water and directing it away from the building helps keep basements dry, eliminates splashing on the exterior of the house, and was once a source of domestic water, usually collected in a cistern. […]
Masonry construction consists of two elements: the bricks and the mortar. Each performs a different role. Bricks (or block or stone; the masonry “unit”) form the wall’s structure and appearance. The mortar binds them together. In a properly designed and maintained wall, the masonry unit is permanent, while the mortar is not. Especially in historic […]