Stone Masonry Restoration
Stone masonry restoration offers a means to preserve and protect valuable archaeological information and artistic content. It is a demonstration of respect for the intentions of the original architects, builders, and sculptors. It allows us to maintain our connection to not only our history, but also to our ancestry, traditions, and cultural heritage.
Stone restoration is concerned primarily with:
- Countering the effects of time (e.g., cleaning surfaces from soiling and biological growth)
- Protecting from the elements (e.g., treatments to avert water damage and repair cracks)
- Mitigating the effects of natural disasters (e.g., fire, flood, earthquakes)
- Ameliorating the effects of neglect
Stonesculpt provides a full range of stone restoration services, including:
- Cleaning from biological growth, mineral salt deposits, efflorescence, pollution, carbon build-up, graffiti and removal of oil, wax, and other stains
- Crack repairs
- Composite patching with color matching
- Reinforcement with stainless steel rods, epoxy injections
- Re-creation of lost fragments and Dutchman stone replacement
- Honing, polishing, and surface finishing
- Application of water and oil repellents, waterproofing membranes
- Patina application
Please visit our Photo Gallery for photos and more information about the many types of projects we have completed for satisfied clients.
A note on terminology: within the trade there are distinctions between restoration, preservation,9D and conservation.9D These words are often interchanged in common usage and there is no need to get particularly worked up about it. We use restoration9D here because its common meaning is clearest and most often used. However, for those who prefer greater precision, we offer the following:
- Restoration9D tends to deal with altering a building or artifact that is thought to have been inappropriately repaired or altered in the past, with the objective of returning its design or appearance to what it was at a previous time.
- Preservation9D gained prominence at the end of the nineteenth century and reflected an intention to arrest change.
- Conservation9D seeks to offer ways of managing change to best ensure a building’s (or artifact’s) future and thus may include both restoration and preservation.