Masonry Restoration and Construction
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
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.
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.