Tuckpointing In Washington, DC
Historic Masonry Restoration in Washington, DC
Washington, DC is an extremely beautiful historic city. Even small buildings which are not national monuments are a part of that historic architectural fabric, an essential part of the beauty of Washington, DC. We recognize and appreciate the historic, classic value, and unique masonry of our city.
The majority of buildings and structures 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. Infinity Design Solutions can restore and repair masonry facades, walls, chimneys, foundations, and stone or brick retaining walls in Washington, DC.. We work with a variety of historic materials including lime mortar, kiln fired clay brick, ashlar and rubble stone masonry, terra cotta historic facade embeds, slate dampproof course (DPC’s), and many other historic masonry elements.
Historically, lime mortars were created through a process of burning, slaking, and proper maturing. Lime was and, in our work today, still is, one of the essential components of historic mortar restoration. Lime and Niagara mortars are different to modern cement and concrete, and even most common modern pozzolanic and hydraulic cements. That difference is important, as the common suppliers only supply mortars which will critically damage historic brick. Only quality driven and local DC specialists such as ourselves can provide and install the correct lime mortars to preserve these historic buildings. We are based and focused here in Washington, DC, and that makes an invaluable difference.
Two of the main classifications of historic masonry are low temperature kiln fired brick masonry and tapestry brick masonry. The principles of our work are based on the conservation, restoration, and preservation of heritage and historic buildings and monuments. The roots of these technologies are ancient, yet largely lost over time. In our case we have learned the proper quality techniques of heritage masonry restoration through years of experience and training.
Point up, tuckpoint, repointing, or brick tuck pointing is the process of removing damaged or deteriorated brick mortar joints. There are many companies that offer pointing and masonry services but very few which are specialists in historic brick pointing and restoration. This process is required to revitalize a historic facade and prevent ingress of water, moisture, and ice, which lead to accelerated deterioration. Without tuckpointing, the seasonal freeze-thaw cycles can debilitate a masonry facade over time. We can help, and when this work is done correctly, it can last as much as another 50+ years.
For tuckpointing in Washington, DC and brick repair the contractor must be familiar with the proper brick and masonry 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 in Washington, DC, 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.
Infinity Design Solutions also provides services for Interior pointing work. See some examples of tuck pointing work below restoring the exposed brick interior. We can provide residential tuckpointing and commercial tuckpointing.
Our company is also trained in accessing the high up and hard to reach places on buildings and limiting the spread of dust, professionally. We have a variety of equipment including specialty scaffolding and boom lifts. In addition to the building facades, the rooftop chimneys are a critical component. Chimneys have a greater exposure to wind and precipitation. Infinity Design Solutions can restore all exterior masonry components including the chimney flaunching, crowns, flashing, spark arrestors, and capping.
Infinity Design Solutions in Washington, DC can restore and repair masonry foundations and stone 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 façade embeds, slate, DPC’s, and many other historic masonry elements. We also work with the principles of waterproofing foundations and brick walls.
With decades of combined experience working on tuckpointing and historic masonry projects in Washington, DC, Infinity Design Solutions is leading the way in historical masonry preservation. We specialize in the unique historic aspects of masonry construction in and are trained with the methods and techniques required to protect masonry and brick facades from often devastatingly destructive modern methods and materials. With our specialized revitalization work, we can prevent cracking, spalling and water infiltration for years to come.
Building owners and homeowners can learn a lot more about the process of proper quality masonry restoration from our blog. On our blog, you can learn more about the historic masonry and brick construction, techniques, historical processes, restoration and preservation.
We talk about brick matching, structural load-bearing walls, window and door headers, architectural facade ornamentation, visual appeal, color matching, traditional methods, upkeep and maintenance, common points of structural failure and prevention, and much more.
These things are what makes Infinity Design Solutions different from the rest.
If you are unsure about the condition of your building’s brick and mortar feel free to reach out to us. We are known for working with our customers on a personalized and customized approach. We can give candid and honest opinions that may be able to help inform the planning and repair decisions you make to care for your building.