Masonry repair is a major part of building restoration. It includes pointing, brick and parapet reconstruction, and may also include specially-designed anchors for brick, color matching, and staining of stones.
When a building’s façade is exposed to weather, the freeze and thaw cycle can have a detrimental impact on the masonry of a building. AM&G Waterproofing addresses the problems that may arise with services that include reconstruction of parapets, the removal and resetting of coping stones, modification and restoration of deteriorated structural steel, waterproofing of lintels and window jambs, replacement of deteriorated window sills, and the installation of face-mounted or through-wall flashings on parapet walls. All of this takes masonry expertise.
For our repointing work, AM&G uses tools equipped with vacuums to minimize the dust. We also do façade brick replacement, and clear waterproofing repellent application. And at AM&G, both large and small jobs get the same attention to detail.
AM&G takes particular pride in our stone restoration. In our decades of experience in New York City, we’ve encountered and restored pre-cast concrete, terracotta, GFRC (Fiberglass), limestone, marble, granite, and more. Each of these materials requires a different type of treatment and approach.
AM&G has a long list of suppliers with whom we’ve worked for years, and who supply us with high quality materials. Some of the elements and trim pieces we restore are quoins, cornices, urns, scrolls, stone bases, gargoyles, and window jambs — the architectural features of a building that gives it definition and character. When it comes to these architectural elements, high quality is vital because they are often the most noticeable aspect of a building. The anchoring systems for stones, in particular, can be very elaborate. AM&G can fabricate anchoring systems and shapes necessary for all types of stones. Like New York’s buildings, each stone and system is unique, and we understand the engineering issues involved in all aspects of custom stonework, along with the importance of adhering to each architect’s original vision.