Brick and Mortar Repair:  Yesterday and Today

Sep 16, 2021 8:45:00 AM Christina Wilson

Brick and mortar as building materials have been around for centuries. Mortar is a mixture of sand, cement, and water and is the binding agent that keeps brickwork together. Brick and mortar as..

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Should I Buy the House With a Bulging Brick Wall?

Sep 7, 2021 10:01:57 AM Christina Wilson

Ever since you saw that gorgeous old two-story brick home, you’ve been anxious to buy it. It’s a charming historic Washington DC row house in a beautiful, walkable neighborhood. But now you've..

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Does Tuckpointing Make a Mess?

Jun 16, 2021 2:19:21 PM Christina Wilson

Tuckpointing is an essential remedy for deteriorated, broken, or missing mortar. It’s a big job but only needs to be done every 25 - 50 years or so if done correctly. If the time has come for your..

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Remodel, Renovate, Restore | What's the Difference?

Feb 19, 2021 12:49:17 PM Christina Wilson

Even contractors sometimes use the terms remodel, renovate, and restore interchangeably, though these terms have entirely different meanings. When working on a home in a historic district, it’s..

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Repairing and Replacing Exterior Window Sills on Historic Brick Homes

Sep 10, 2020 7:15:00 PM Christina Wilson

Every owner of an old brick home knows that exterior window sills will show age and weathering, both of which significantly impact a building’s good looks over time. Even more critical than..

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We Are Here for You ... In Person Again

Jun 8, 2020 1:50:34 PM Christina Wilson

The following information was recently sent to Renaissance customers. We want everyone in the DC service area to know that we are open and continuing to provide tuckpointing and exterior masonry..

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Why a Professional Should Remove Paint from Old Brick Facades

May 1, 2020 3:15:36 PM Christina Wilson

Painting over brick has been popular for generations, either to cover old, tired-looking surfaces or to satisfy a particular color preference. If, however, your home’s painted brick - interior or..

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We Are Still Here for You!

Mar 25, 2020 11:37:17 AM Christina Wilson

The following information was recently sent to Renaissance customers. We want everyone in the DC service area to know that we are open and continuing to provide tuckpointing and exterior masonry..

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What Causes Bulging in Brick Walls?

Feb 6, 2020 3:43:25 PM Christina Wilson

As winter turns to spring and warmer temperatures draw us outdoors, you may spot a bulge in your exterior brick walls. This is masonry issue that are not uncommon among old brick buildings in..

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Removing Stucco to Expose Original Brick

Jan 13, 2020 6:30:00 PM Christina Wilson

Many people purchase or inherit older homes that have layers of stucco covering an older brick and mortar exterior. For those who desire to remove the stucco to reveal the brick and mortar..

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