×

Expert Stone & Brick Cleaning, Repairs, Repointing, and Masonry Façade Refurbishment

Maintaining the pristine condition of your building’s stone and brick façade is crucial for both aesthetic appeal and structural integrity. Our comprehensive services include stone cleaning, brick cleaning, repairs, repointing, and masonry façade refurbishment. By utilizing advanced techniques and skilled craftsmanship, we ensure your building retains its beauty and durability for years to come.

Stone Cleaning: Restoring Natural Beauty

Stone cleaning is essential for preserving the natural beauty and longevity of your building’s stone elements. Over time, pollutants, moss, and grime can accumulate on stone surfaces, diminishing their appearance and potentially causing damage.

Benefits of Professional Stone Cleaning

  • Enhanced Appearance: Removing dirt and stains to restore the stone’s original look.
  • Preventative Care: Reducing the risk of decay and deterioration caused by pollutants and organic growth.
  • Increased Lifespan: Prolonging the durability of stone surfaces through regular maintenance.

Our Stone Cleaning Techniques

We employ various stone cleaning techniques tailored to the specific type of stone and extent of soiling:

  • Gentle Washing: Using water and mild detergents to clean delicate stone surfaces.
  • Abrasive Blasting: Carefully removing stubborn stains and pollutants without damaging the stone.
  • Chemical Cleaning: Applying specialized cleaning agents to dissolve grime and organic growth.

Brick Cleaning: Revitalizing Your Building’s Façade

Brick cleaning is a vital part of maintaining the structural and aesthetic integrity of your building. Like stone, bricks can accumulate dirt, algae, and other contaminants over time.

Importance of Brick Cleaning

  • Aesthetic Improvement: Restoring the vibrant color and texture of brickwork.
  • Structural Protection: Preventing damage caused by moss, algae, and pollutants.
  • Enhanced Property Value: Maintaining the visual appeal of your building, which can increase its market value.

Brick Cleaning Methods

Our brick cleaning methods are designed to be effective yet gentle, ensuring the integrity of the brickwork:

  • Pressure Washing: Using controlled water pressure to remove surface dirt and stains.
  • Steam Cleaning: Utilizing high-temperature steam to eliminate deep-seated contaminants.
  • Chemical Treatments: Applying safe, brick-friendly chemicals to tackle tough grime and biological growth.

Stone and Brick Repairs: Restoring Structural Integrity

Over time, stone and brick elements can suffer from cracks, chips, and other forms of damage. Our stone and brick repair services are designed to restore the structural integrity and appearance of your building.

Stone Repairs

  • Crack Filling: Using specialized materials to fill and seal cracks in stone surfaces.
  • Stone Replacement: Replacing damaged or deteriorated stone pieces with matching materials.
  • Surface Restoration: Smoothing and reshaping damaged stone to blend seamlessly with the existing façade.

Brick Repairs

  • Brick Replacement: Removing and replacing damaged bricks to ensure a uniform appearance.
  • Crack Repair: Sealing cracks with appropriate materials to prevent further damage.
  • Surface Refinishing: Restoring the surface texture and color of bricks for a cohesive look.

Lime Repointing: Ensuring Lasting Strength

Repointing is the process of renewing the external part of mortar joints in masonry construction. Lime repointing is particularly suited for historic and traditional buildings, offering both aesthetic and structural benefits.

Advantages of Lime Repointing

  • Flexibility: Lime mortar is more flexible than cement-based mortars, allowing for natural movement in the building.
  • Breathability: Lime mortar is breathable, preventing moisture build-up and associated damage.
  • Historical Integrity: Maintaining the original appearance and character of historic buildings.

Our Lime Repointing Services

  • Mortar Analysis: Assessing the existing mortar to ensure compatibility with new lime mortar.
  • Precision Application: Carefully removing old mortar and applying new lime mortar to joints.
  • Aesthetic Matching: Ensuring the new mortar matches the original in color and texture for a seamless look.

Masonry Façade Refurbishment: Comprehensive Restoration

Masonry façade refurbishment involves a combination of cleaning, repairing, and repointing to fully restore and protect your building’s exterior. This comprehensive approach not only enhances the appearance of your building but also ensures its long-term durability.

Our Refurbishment Process

  • Detailed Assessment: Conducting a thorough inspection to identify all areas of concern.
  • Tailored Solutions: Developing a customized refurbishment plan based on the specific needs of your building.
  • Skilled Execution: Utilizing expert craftsmanship to carry out cleaning, repairs, and repointing with precision.

By integrating stone cleaning, brick cleaning, repairs, lime repointing, and comprehensive façade refurbishment, we provide a holistic approach to maintaining and enhancing your building’s exterior. Our expertise ensures that your stone and brickwork remain beautiful and structurally sound for years to come.

Technical fabric advice, evidence-based support or a fresh perspective! Talk to Us Today.

    As a specialist heritage and restoration contractor, we provide property owners with a complete project life-cycle solution. We focus on delivering more technical support, clarity and depth than a traditional contractor by demystifying the upfront and providing transparency from the outset.

    We specialise in retaining the value of materials, working with in-situ rather than replacing them to help manage costs and impact on the building fabric.  Removal of the failed, weak, and defective materials and masonry, repair matching concrete, and providing repointing solutions. Our methodologies are aligned to and comply with BS 8221-1:2012: Code of practice for cleaning and surface repair of buildings.

    The repair of masonry buildings and structures requires a thorough understanding of the structural issues, both the cause and effects that may have led to the material failure. Identifying the problematic areas of the building substrate, followed by the correct treatments and repairs is critical. Technical analysis, stone indenting, stone surface repair, structural stone repair or cast stone replacement, we focus on a targeted range of minimum intervention techniques for structural and non-structural repairs for stone masonry and bricks.

    Our craftsmen use highly specialised repointing techniques such as tuck pointing for filling joints in masonry, especially brickwork, to give a smoother and fine appearance. Joints are filled flush with mortar coloured to match the bricks and then scored with a narrow groove into which a thin ribbon of contrasting mortar is pressed or tucked. Other specialist repointing techniques include flush, semi recessed, weatherstruck, bucket handle and beaded pointing. By using a variety of joint profiles, the individual forms are better accentuated, merging bricks and mortar to a homogeneous surface.

    The guiding principle for the repair of heritage and listed buildings is that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Every project has its unique building restoration specification, stone repair match solution (both in colour and texture), and repointing approach. Unsuitable repointing can affect not only the look but also the lifespan of masonry and is amongst the most frequent causes of damage to the character and fabric of historic buildings.

    Facade, roof and chimney repairs are undertaken by scaffold, abseiling, cradle or MEWP access, a solution for historic, modern and difficult to access structures. Being specialist contractors with expertise working with heritage buildings, we work within listed buildings and conservation guidelines to provide you with solutions that you can always be proud of.

    Stone masonry, brick repairs, colour matching and traditional repointing techniques delivered by craftsmen.

    Stone masonry, repairs, repointing & façade refurbishment services

    • Selection, documentation and evaluation of treatment trials for stone and brick.
    • Identification of loose and detached mortar by lab sampling and materials analysis
    • Development of different styles, profiles, textures and colours of repointing.
    • Sourcing replacement stones or alternative materials for replacement such as tiles and artificial stone
    • Repointing narrow ashlar and regular stone masonry joints
    • Protection from corrosion using cathodic protection for terracotta and stone buildings

    • Repairing delaminated and fractured stone with non-destructive materials and techniques
    • Specialist repointing approach flush, tuck, weather struck or recessed.
    • Bonding-in of new bricks across cracks after grouting and cutting out to each side
    • Specialist grouting walls including gravity grouting, pressure pumping and vacuum grouting
    • Protective coatings including limewashes, shelter coats and water repellents
    • Stabilisation through underpinning, reinforcing or grouting of the structure

    Technical Leak Investigations

    External Maintenance Solutions

    One Dedicated Team

    Specialist Building Access

    SCROLL TO VIEW

    If you'd like any further technical advice please call
    01234 589807