Necessary Spring Time Masonry Repairs
Spring is the ideal time for masonry repairs. Harsh Toronto winters take a huge toll on your building façade with freeze-thaw cycles and use of de-icers causing significant deterioration of your stone, cement and masonry. Timely attention can save you hundreds and thousands of dollars in major restoration expenses. Our masonry service experts recommend doing a visual inspection of your building envelope as soon as the weather permits.
Here are three key areas requiring attention:
- Chimney: Being at the top of the building structure, your chimney is the most exposed to weather damage. Freezing temperatures, snow and ice increase chances of cracks and leaks. A cracked chimney crown, spalling bricks and flashing damage are typical issues to look for. Also check for efflorescence (a white calcium-like deposit) which indicates that your masonry joints might be absorbing water. Fixing the mortar and replacing the crown or cap, if necessary, can prevent further structural damage and avoid a fire hazard.
- Bricks: Next, you must inspect your exterior walls. Look for trouble spots under the eaves and downspouts. Bulging bricks or mortar are a sign of poor quality downspouts or drainage issues. Cracks are usually an indication of foundation problems caused by soil compaction, heaving (as a result of freeze-thaw cycles), etc. Contact a masonry repair service as soon as you spot any problems. They will assess the extent of damage and provide an appropriate solution. We also recommend keeping your downspouts and gutters in proper working condition to avoid damage to your bricks and mortar in the future.
- Windows: Do rooms feel cold or drafty? Is energy usage unusually high? Are there signs of moisture damage around your windows? Check the caulking and weather stripping around each frame. Condensation could be an indication that the seal is compromised. Leaks let in cold/hot air driving up your heating and cooling bills. In extreme cases, it may be time to replace your old windows with new, energy-efficient ones that are properly installed and sealed.
Looking for reliable masonry repairs in Toronto? At Zero Defects, we offer full-service solutions for residential, commercial, institutional and heritage buildings. From chimney repair to crumbling mortar, brick wall resurfacing and window replacements—you can count on us for cost-effective solutions and exceptional workmanship quality. Our team works efficiently and safely with minimum disruption to your daily activities.
The advantage of having our building restoration company manage your masonry work is exceptional project planning and troubleshooting skills. We will ensure your work is completed on time and within budget while maintaining our trademark quality. Repairs can be prioritized to accommodate your schedule and budget limitations, if any.
For high quality masonry services that are tailored to your needs, contact the building restoration experts in Toronto.