Masonry Restoration and Construction

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Overview

The IDS team includes several masonry specialists with decades of combined experience in tuckpointing, and historic masonry restoration and preservation.   We specialize in the unique historic aspects of masonry construction in Washington DC. We are trained and familiar with methods and techniques needed and required to protect masonry facades from sometimes devastatingly destructive modern methods and materials.

We provide the following masonry construction services, and many more

  • Historic Masonry Restoration

  • Tuck pointing & Brick Repair

  • Stucco & Plaster Repair

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Historic Masonry Restoration

The majority of buildings in Washington DC were built near or over 100 years ago. Masonry and brick work industries have evolved greatly over the past century, and it is important to understand the various materials and elements used in each development in masonry. IDS can restore and repair masonry foundations and store or brick retaining walls.  We work with a variety of historic materials including, kiln fired clay brick, ashlar and rubble stone masonry, terra cotta historic facade embeds, slate DPC's, and many other historic masonry elements.

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IDS can restore and repair masonry foundations and store brick retaining walls.  We work with a variety of historic materials including kiln fired clay brick, ashlar and rubble stone masonry, terra cotta historic façade embeds, slate DPC's, and many other historic masonry elements.

Washington DC is an extremely beautiful historic city.   Even small buildings which are not national monuments are a part of that architectural fabric.  We recognize and appreciate the historic value and unique masonry of our city. 

Tuck pointing & Brick Repair   

For tuckpointing and brick repair the contractor must be familiar with the proper brick methodologies to repair brick masonry properly. Particularly in historic buildings, it is important to use specific mortar which is unique to the age of the brick and will not damage the facade.  Our company has extensive experience restoring masonry properly, and are capable of creating custom solutions which will maintain the integrity of your historic home brick work. We can provide options for both spot pointing and wholesale facade repointing, we work with both common joints and with the pressed brick mortar joints commonly found at front facades.  

The adjacent photo shows an exterior masonry wall built over 100 years ago, restored by our team in Capitol Hill, DC by raking the joints to remove the outer deteriorated original mortar and pointing the wall using a historic spec low PSI lime mortar.

IDS also provides services for Interior pointing work. See some examples of tuck pointing work below restoring the exposed brick interior. 

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The adjacent image shows a masonry wall of new construction with a running bond. By comparing the image to an older construction, you can visibly see the differences in the methodology of construction. These joints have a concave profile. Most historic joints have a flush strike, by comparison, which allows for a small but only slight recess. You can also see in the lower part of the image that the wall also is built with cartridge style weeps. Most historic walls were actually built without integral weeps, historical brick walls by comparison were built solid all the way through without the cavity typical of modern veneer masonry.

Historic masonry, brick joints, and mortar was built decades ago using a variety of different materials, some of which are not commercially available today.  Our company has the experience and training to build masonry and mortar properly. 

Stucco and Plaster Repair and Construction 
IDS provides restoration and construction of stucco, parging, plaster façade, wall treatments and construction.  Also, in addition to the historic masonry and traditional masonry described above, our company can help with repair of modern Exterior Insulated Finishing Systems, commonly known as EIFS.
The image to the left below shows a stucco application applied years ago that has deteriorated with time and likely a leaking roof scupper.  The images to the right below show improved stucco in better condition.
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