Stone is one of the most durable building materials. Perfect examples are stone homes and barns that have been here for a century or more and have withstood the test of time. However, when stonework is left in a state of disrepair, that’s when the elements sneak in and do their damage.
As your stone structure ages, it’s important to look for small cracks in the mortar. Wet weather allows water to seep in through the cracks and make it’s way into your home causing damage to your interior. An even greater risk is for that water to seep in between the stone and freeze. That cycle can repeat itself may times, and each time, puts more stress on the integrity of your structure as these cracks grow even larger. The cracks also allow air to leak into your home causing heating and air conditioning costs to rise. Another invader – insects and even rodents! They creep in through the tiniest of cracks and make their way into the framework of your home and build nests. Getting rid of these little (but damage causing critters and the germ-filled mess they leave behind) can also break your budget.
The best way to keep these invaders out of your home is to maintain the integrity of your stonework. We can examine your stone structure, helping you find those deteriorating areas and restore them for you. We chip away the cracked and crumbling mortar and re-point so your stonework looks fresh – and more importantly, safe and secure. The difference is like night and day! If you would like to take advantage of our free consultation and examination of your stonework, contact the crew at Get It Stoned.