When the stability of the stonemasonry in a building façade or structure becomes compromised, sensitive repair or replacement is needed to make the area safe and restore its appearance.
At Farcroft Restorations Group, our skilled stonemasons are often called upon to restore areas of stonework on period properties that have been damaged or affected by exposure to the elements.
Where damage has occurred to a specific area of stonemasonry, our team will first carefully extract the damaged segment to assess the extent of the problem and determine the correct route of repair.
Where there has been a clean break, separated fragments can be joined together with stainless steel dowels, before being further secured with restoration mortar.
Once the structure has been reinstated, more restoration mortar can be used to restore the surface profile of the segment to match its original appearance. Known as masonry consolidation, grout is used to anchor unstable fragments, and additional mortar applied to conceal all evidence that restoration work has been carried out.
If the damaged segment is in very poor condition, it may not be possible to restore it using the method above. In these cases, our team draws on its extensive knowledge and experience to craft and then install a suitable replacement section of stonework.
This may typically involve investigating the original supplier of the stone or source quarry and seeking to obtain stone from either that same supplier or from an alternative vendor that can provide a suitable match.
Our stonemasons would then apply all the tools and knowledge of their craft to recreate the original profile of the segment from the new stone, following the methods used at the time the property was first constructed.
Once restored or replaced, stonework segments are reinstalled in situ and set with mortar for a completed restoration.