Stonemasonry may seem old-fashioned at first glance, but stonemasons offer services to homeowners that, more often than not, are still absolutely essential to the average American homeowner. While some smaller stonemasonry projects can be done with a bit of online research and elbow grease, the truth is that you'll need to call a contractor for anything major. Take a look below at just three of the most common reasons to get in touch with a local stonemasonry contractor.
Brick and Stone Pointing
When it comes to stone, "pointing" doesn't have anything to do with direction. Instead, the term refers to material between the bricks and stone that make up a structure. In older buildings, this is most commonly lime, while newer buildings almost always use cement. If the original pointing is mixed incorrectly or doesn't allow moisture to evaporate, then you'll see structural defects occur far sooner than expected. A stonemasonry contractor can often fix decayed or damaged material that needs re-pointing and save a structure from having to be demolished. If the structure in question is a historic building, it is all the more important that the pointing be inspected and, if necessary, repaired.
While it may seem among the simpler services a stonemasonry contractor is capable of providing, concrete flatwork is deceptively complex. For example, if you are thinking about pouring concrete to form a new patio, then you'll not only have to consider the type of concrete used but also if you will use any silicone molds to create patterns. In addition, many people prefer sealants that give the concrete some color. This is also true of ramps and driveways, just two more examples of flatwork popular among homeowners. With a contractor to guide you through the process, you can rest assured that your patio or other flatwork project of choice will last for years to come.
Parging — the coating that rests on top of your foundation's walls — serves a double purpose. First, it protects the foundation itself from harsh weather conditions, which can, in turn, prevent large cracks from forming during the summer and winter months. Secondly, it can be largely decorative and mask any imperfections that are especially apparent. Efficient and effective parging can only be done by a stonemasonry contractor who knows how to professionally prepare the foundation's surface, mix the parge coating, and apply the coating properly.
For more information, contact a stonemasonry contractor today.