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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How to Tell if Your Brick Façade Needs Tuckpointing

Dec 20, 2019 5:24:33 PM Christina Wilson

Brick and mortar structures are considered to be among the most weatherproof and long-lasting buildings. And yet, older brick and mortar homes and businesses will need periodic repairs. Weather will..

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Why Is Traditional Tuckpointing Right for Old Brick?

Dec 5, 2019 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

Centuries-old architecture is a vanishing treasure across the United States. And while the battle to preserve beautiful and still-useful old buildings continues, many are unaware of just what is..

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Tips for Ice and Snow Removal from DC Brick Steps and Walkways

Nov 28, 2019 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson


The harsh weather of winter adds ice and snow to DC brick walkways and steps. Using salt or other chemical de-icing products to remove ice and snow from brick walkways can damage and stain the..

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What Should I Do to Hang Something on My Brick Wall?

Nov 7, 2019 1:32:08 PM Christina Wilson

The oldest of historic brick homes have solid brick walls of two or more layers called wythes, with plaster covered interior walls. Owners who expose an interior brick wall as part of the restoration..

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Why Restoring Old Windows is Best for Your Historic Home

Oct 24, 2019 3:22:59 PM Christina Wilson
The windows in historic DC brick homes are frequently an important element of the architectural integrity. Their design, craftsmanship, or other qualities may make them worthy of preservation.  .. Read More

Fall is the Right Time to Inspect Your Brick Chimney

Oct 17, 2019 2:08:55 PM Christina Wilson

If your historic home has a brick chimney, fall is a good time to have it inspected. The exposed mortar in many Washington DC old brick chimneys is particularly vulnerable to weather damage...

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How to Make Your Fall Home Maintenance a Success

Oct 10, 2019 8:00:00 AM Christina Wilson

It’s time to get started on your fall home maintenance. You can take measures to prevent winter damage and get a boost in energy efficiency before the weather turns unfriendly. Here are some must-do..

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How Does Water Damage Cause Spalling Brick?

Sep 12, 2019 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

Owners of old brick houses in Washington DC’s historic neighborhoods might notice a crumbling or flaking of the surface of their brickwork. This form of deterioration, known as spalling, usually..

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