No matter how many weeks of winter the groundhog thinks are left, Mother Nature tends to be unpredictable – especially in the Midwest. That’s why we’re always prepared for wintry conditions one day and spring-like weather on another. But what about our homes or businesses? Lower temperatures certainly impact the stonework, or masonry, that makes up your property, too. If you see any signs of damage, then Ferguson Roofing has three recommendations for you:
Recognize Freezing and Thawing Damage Early
How do you know when your masonry is being affected by the cold? One of the most common signs is spalling, when stonework starts to flake off. Essentially, any amount of water inside materials like brick or mortar is susceptible to freezing. If in direct sunlight, water will freeze and thaw as the sun sets and rises. This causes an internal expansion and contraction effect that eventually cracks the brick or mortar.
Plan for Repairs or Replacements
There are two options once you’ve noticed these cracks – make a repair or replace the masonry. Even the smallest of cracks can lead to significant damage if left alone. By sealing the cracks, you will prevent additional problems and maintain a seamless look. By replacing the masonry, you will restore the structure’s strength and prevent future tear downs.
Contact a Professional
There are a lot of risks when it comes to unstable masonry. While small jobs can be manageable, leave the loftier projects to the professionals. Ferguson Roofing specializes in crack repairs, brick replacement, tuckpointing, repointing, waterproofing, and sealing. Call us today to have your building’s stonework evaluated for free. You can reach us at (314) 521-6917 for Missouri or (618) 212-1912 for Illinois.