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Masonry is the building of structures from individual units laid in and bound together by mortar.  Mortar is a workable paste which is typically made from a mixture of sand, a binder such as cement and lime, and water.  It is used to bind construction blocks together and fill the gaps between them.  After it sets, mortar becomes hard resulting in a rigid structure.  Some materials of masonry construction include, brick, stone, concrete block, glass block, stucco, and tile.  Masonry is considered as a very durable form of construction.  Thus, it is extremely important to use the highest quality materials and workmanship.  Villa Construction and Development, Inc. always strive to use the best quality of masonry materials and effective workers, as the company assures a durable and satisfying final product.

Tuckpointing is the process of repairing a mortar joint in a brick wall. The process entails a tool called a pointing trowel tucking mortar into damaged mortar joints.  Tuckpointing is very critical, as it keeps water from entering the brick wall cavity.  If water gets past the mortar and into the wall, the brick may crack or fall off.

Brickwork – Brick is usually laid in the standard ½ Running Bond pattern, having the courses alternate instead of being right on top of each other.  The replacement of damaged or cracked brick includes cutting out the brick, and replacing it with a new one, making sure that the structure of the building is strong and safe.

Grinding – The mortar joints between the bricks or stone are grinded, meaning “cut out” to make space for the replacement of new mortar.  Grinding is recommended before tuckpointing, as it gives a clean and stronger foundation for the new mortar.  Villa Construction & Development, Inc. always makes sure that all of the existing vertical and horizontal joints are grinded as required with special routing power tools, designed to remove existing mortar, without unduly damaging the edges of abutting masonry.  Special grinders and vacuums are used to prevent most of the dust from escaping into the air. 

Concrete - a strong hard building material composed of sand, gravel, cement and water.

Lintel Replacement – A lintel is a strong piece of metal that is installed between the frame and the brick. The bricks are set on the lintel to rest on. As many forms of construction, lintels start to decay over time, requiring lintel replacement.  If lintels are overlooked for a long time, more water will pour inside from the outside, making it more possible for the wall to collapse.  To properly install or replace a lintel, one should remember about all the materials that will help water drain from the wall properly.  The professional installation process includes a flashing, a termination bar holding the flashing in place, a drip edge, and a weep system.

Parapet Walls – As parapet walls are exposed to rain damage and heavy wind conditions, they frequently need to be repaired or inspected.  High risers especially, require inspection of parapet walls, as they are placed very high on the building and exposed to heavy weather conditions.  Most of the old buildings do not have any flashing under the copings or weep system.  Therefore, parapet wall restoration is necessary, as it prevents water from coming into the wall.brick2

Chimney Restoration – Like parapet walls, chimneys are exposed to heavy weather conditions, requiring repairs or modifications.  Most of the chimneys have a concrete cap on top of the chimney.  As concrete often cracks, water gets in and damages some or the entire chimney.  The most common method is to replace the concrete cap on top of the chimney.  When building a new chimney or fireplace, it is best to hire a professional so that all of the work is done according to the masonry standards and city codes.

Powerwashing – It is the process of cleaning all of the debris and stains from masonry walls using a high pressure pump.

Contact Masonry Tuckpointing Contractor

Villa Construction & Development, Inc.

208 E Claredon St.
Prospect Heights, IL 60070

t.· 773.319 4609
o. 773.741.3705
f.· 847.994.1534
email: mail@villaconstructioninc.com

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