Services

  • Tuckpointing

Tuckpointing is the process of grinding away or chipping loose mortar and tucking mortar in to the joints between bricks and cmu block with a joint tool. Years of weathering (rain, snow, freeze /thaw cycles) cause damage to the mortar joints. Over time the joints can crack and wash away. This may cause voids in the joints that can allow moisture to penetrate the masonry walls.

  • Lintel replacement and structural steel repair

Lintels are located at the top of the window and door opening and they support the weight of the wall above the opening. Lintels and structural steel corrode over time. When steel corrodes it expands. This expansion may cause the wall to crack and or bulge out. Replacing the lintels before they are severely corroded can save money in the long run.

  • Rebuild parapet walls and repairs

Parapet walls are the most exposed section of the building to weathering. Voids in the copings and mortar joints can let moisture penetrate into the wall.  During the winter season this moisture freezes and expands causing damage to the parapet walls. If neglected for a long period of time, the parapet walls lose structural integrity. It may be necessary to remove and rebuild the parapet walls.

  • Waterproofing

Improper flashing installation is a major problem and can cost the homeowner thousands of dollars in repairs. Applying masonry sealers may be necessary on porous material like renaissance stone and certain cmu block (Concrete Masonry Unit or cinderblock). We are experts in stopping masonry leaks and have successfully stopped leaks our first visit to the building experiencing leaking issues.

  • Masonry Repairs

Masonry repairs includes replacing damaged brick, spalling brick, rebuilding bulging walls, replacing damaged window and door sills, chimney repairs, tuckpointing step cracks from settlement, damaged parapet copings.

  • Masonry violation corrections with required permits.

If a building is not properly maintained, the City can issue a violation citation. This can be avoided by doing a walk around your property after the winter season and identifying masonry issues.

  • Flashings

It is a flexible membrane (pvc) or a hard, rigid material like copper, aluminum or lead installed in masonry walls to divert any moisture that may enter the inside of the wall. It is needed to draw moisture out of the wall so that the moisture does not damage the interior of the building or corrode the steel lintels located above each window and door opening.

  • Caulking and chemical sealing.

Over time the caulking around windows and on expansion joint loses its integrity. It can dry out causing cracks and separate from the void that it is sealing. Chemical sealers are used on porous stones and cmu block. It may be necessary to reapply a sealer to an existing sealed wall.

  • Wall modifications

Wall modifications range from extending the length and height of a wall to creating an opening for new windows and doors in a wall or bricking up an existing opening in the wall that is no longer needed.

  • Building rehabilitation and restoration

Building rehab and restoration can range from sandblasting and removing paint from the exterior of a building to chemical and pressure washing to make the building look like new again. We specialize in landmark restoration also.

  • Landmarks

Masonry work on landmarks needs to be done in a way so that the appearance of the building is original. Landmark buildings have a strict code so that the appearance is not altered.

  • Chemical cleaning, pressure washing, sandblasting

A building is exposed to airborne dirt, atmospheric carbon, rust, mildew, fungus, carbon residue, weathering discoloration, industrial pollutants.  Chemical, pressure washing and sandblasting helps restore the exterior of a building to make it look new.

  • Chimneys

Chimneys are the most exposed to weather. Damaged chimney caps and voids in the masonry joints can allow moisture to penetrate. During the winter season this moisture freezes and expands damaging the structural integrity of the chimney. A neglected chimney may need to be rebuilt. It is important to maintain your chimney by tuckpointing and replacing damaged chimney caps. Maintenance on your chimney will help avoid a costly rebuild.

  • New construction corrections

It is possible that your building was built during the last 10 years. During the housing boom there was an increase in demand for masons and laborers. There were a lot of mistakes made because of inexperienced masons. Improper flashing techniques are a major issue on the buildings that were built during the housing boom. Are you experiencing leaks on a new building? We are experts in correcting these issues.

  • Hot asphalt flat roofs

We do anything from repairing sections of the roof to complete roof teardowns and replacement.

Please contact us with any questions you may have.  We are here to help and guide you towards the right step to solve any issue.

3312 W Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60624

Tel: 773-463-2999 - FREE estimates are available!

Fax: 773-533-8067

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