Masonry brick and concrete are among the most durable building components available. However, both of these materials can deteriorate over time if not properly maintained. This is especially important in the northeast region with its ever-changing weather. With the correct masonry weatherproofing techniques you can effectively protect your structure for years to come.
With technology continuously making advances, the methods available for structure protection are always breaking new ground. For instance, state-of-the-art clear coatings. Clear coatings are based on silicone, silane, and siloxane compounds that penetrate into brick and masonry surfaces. Intended to provide the long-term protection for your structure, clear coatings are available in a variety of finishes to give your building the look you envision.
Pigmented coatings penetrate the masonry surface to change the surface to your desired color. Based with advanced water-based acrylic or elastomeric materials, pigmented coatings are a perfect solution to not only enhance the masonry surface but protect it for years to come.
Another essential component to proper masonry weatherproofing lies with proper sealing methods. Whether brick or concrete, sealing will help to prevent water from penetrating into the surface. Although sealers are not considered waterproof, they are water-resistant. When properly applied, sealers will help to fill hairline cracks or separations providing protection from the damaging freeze/thaw cycles of the New England seasons.
- Most coatings and sealers can be applied by brush, roller, or spray.
- When selecting your product, be sure to choose a well-known manufacturer with a strong track record for dependable products.
- Area testing should be performed before application to an entire surface.
- For best results, always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Although coating and sealing has become a DIY project for many, it’s always best to consult a professional contractor when it concerns proper masonry weatherproofing technique and products. At Abbot Building Restoration, we have a qualified team of experts that can guide you in the right direction. Call us today at (617) 445-0274, or visit us online to find out more about ways to extend the longevity of your building.