Inspired Heights are a nationwide church masonry contractor who is experienced in historic tuck pointing, stucco repair, masonry repair and stone restoration. We are a church masonry contractor, experts in stucco repair, brick masonry repair, tuck pointing and stone restoration; a church masonry contractor that offers specialized church and church steeple maintenance, repair and restoration services in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming. We are located in Rockford, IL so if you're in Chicago, Milwaukee or some of the other surrounding areas and you're looking for a masonry contractor experienced in church tuck pointing, stone restoration, stucco repair or some other brick masonry repair then we're the church masonry contractor for you. Give us a call for all your church brick masonry, stone restoration, stucco repair and tuck pointing needs. But if you're not in Chicago or Milwaukee we're still the church masonry contractor for you because we work around the country tuck pointing churches, towers and steeples - performing stone restoration on the interior and exterior of churches - historic brick masonry repair and church stucco repair. We offer our services in small towns or larger cities like New York, NY - Los Angeles, CA - Chicago, IL - Houston, TX - Philadelphia, PA - San Diego, CA - Detroit, MI - Dallas, TX - Phoenix, AZ - San Antonio, TX - San Jose, CA - Baltimore, MD - Indianapolis, IN - San Francisco, CA - Jacksonville, FL - Columbus, OH - Milwaukee, WI - Memphis, TN - Washington, DC - Boston, MA - Seattle, WA - St. Louis, MO - Atlanta, GA - Pittsburgh, PA - Minneapolis, MN - Miami, FL - Tampa, FL. Inspired Heights - stone restoration, tuck pointing, masonry repair and stucco repair professionals.
Inspired Heights, Inc
Inspired Heights - Church Masonry Contractor
Brick masonry and stone are part of the unique characteristics of many churches and with the proper maintenance they can last hundreds of years. However stone restoration, tuck pointing, masonry and stucco repair all require a proper understanding of the elements, historic materials, lime mortar mixes and new cementitious compounds that can permanently restore your stonework and masonry repair. Your church masonry contractor should be familiar with brick masonry and the other special needs often associated with the tuck pointing, stucco repair and stone restoration of churches.
Church Steeples, Towers and Other High Work
The steeplejacks of Inspired Heights are able to perform your church's high work tuck pointing, masonry repair, stone restoration and stucco repair without the high cost associated with modern approaches like cranes, lifts and scaffolding. Giving a safe and affordable alternative in your church's masonry repair.
The professionals of Inspired Heights can perform all your church's brick, stone, masonry and stucco repairs.
We are your church masonry contractor
Tuck Pointing and Brick Masonry
Masonry Repair and Replacement
Stone Restoration and Stucco Repair
And much more... historic mortars to water repellants
Your complete church masonry contractor
Work the clay, tread the mortar, repair the brickwork! -- Nahum 3:14b
The professionals of Inspired Heights can meet all your church's masonry & stone restoration needs. Church, tower and steeple tuck pointing, historic church brick masonry repair and replacement, stucco repair and etc.
Historic Church Brick Masonry and Tuck Pointing
Over the years there have been many changes made in the masonry field. Therefore, careful considerations must be made when choosing a church masonry contractor to interact with the historic mortar and traditional building materials that are often found on historic churches.
Historic Church Brick Masonry: Bricks are formed from clay mixed with sand and fired in a kiln. Bricks made during the historic period are typically softer than our modern bricks because today’s kilns fire bricks at a higher temperature, resulting in a consistently harder brick. Often the bricks used during the historic period would be locally fired using local materials, further affecting the brick’s consistency. These soft bricks were often used in the building of our historic churches. Because their composition is different, the treatment methods for modern bricks are incompatible with the soft bricks found on historic churches. Inspired Heights are experienced in brick masonry and stone restoration; they are a historic church masonry contractor.
Historic Lime Mortar and Tuck Pointing: Mortar is a binding agent that also serves as the cushion in the church's stone and brick masonry structure. Historic mortar is a mixture of cement, lime and sand that may include various additives to improve its strength, durability and color. These could include animal hair for strength, shells as an aggregate, and natural pigments added for color. An appropriate lime-based mortar is vital to a church’s historic brick masonry construction. The lime mortar is softer than the brick and when structural movement occurs, the lime mortar is more flexible and forgiving. Therefore, when cracking occurs it will generally happen along the mortar joints, as opposed to in the bricks themselves. The advantage being that it is much easier to repair the mortar joints than replace bricks. Unacceptable modern treatments that include the use of Portland cement (a fast-setting concrete) are disastrous to the older, softer bricks. The addition of Portland in the mortar mix can greatly diminish the integrity of the church masonry by slowly crushing the bricks during natural cycles of expansion and contraction. The rigid Portland cement then causes the face of the brick to crumble and fall away, known as “spalling.”
Remember that in dealing with historic brick masonry, it is normal for the mortar to eventually develop cracks, become loose and fall out, creating gaps around the brick. This is considered to be normal and only means that the mortar has outlived its life cycle. Hire a church masonry contractor knowledgeable about historic brick masonry to restore your church masonry in a process known as tuck pointing.
Proper maintenance of Historic Church Masonry & Stucco Repair
Here are some simple tips to help preserve your historic brick, stucco and church masonry:
1. Inspection of your brick masonry should be performed by an experienced church masonry contractor on a regular basis.
2. Stucco repair, stone restoration and maintenance to your brick masonry should be made in a timely fashion by an experienced masonry contractor. Delays in simple maintenance frequently result in costly repairs.
3. Direct water away from bricks. Brick masonry and lime based mortars are essentially porous and when exposed to prolonged saturation, deterioration may occur. Quickly repair any leaks from the church gutters, flashings and roofs. You should also redirect any water that pools around the building foundation.
4. Vegetation should not be permitted to grow on any of the brick masonry, nor too close to your foundation. Both the roots and moisture may cause masonry damage. (This can also be inviting to termites and other insects.)
5. An experienced historic church masonry contractor will never use harsh cleaning methods, such as sandblasting or power washing brick masonry or in performing a stucco repair. These techniques can actually strip the hardened outer face of the historic brick masonry and weaken its integrity.
6. Water sealants, paint and brick / stucco do not mix. Masonry is designed to be porous, and these treatments prevent natural wicking (absorption of water) and moisture release. If you practice the preventive maintenance outlined above, water sealants and paints are not necessary. However, if the church masonry has been painted or treated careful expert evaluation should be consulted by your church masonry contractor to determine the best course of action.