Rebuilding Inspiring Spaces
From the Penn theatre in beautiful downtown Plymouth, to the historic Bassett House in Beverly Hills, to your home or business. Re-Brick Restoration is dedicated to performing the highest quality brick, block, and stone restoration in southeast Michigan. We are equipped to handle anything from structural repairs on cinder block walls at your commercial property to more minor tuck pointing issues on your brick home. No matter the size or scope of work we take the greatest care to give you the highest quality results.
While we do specialize in all types of masonry restoration, we also have skilled team members and trusted contractors that knowledgeable in other trades, includng carpentry, roofing, tile, painting, and more. We are here to help and want to be of service in any way that we can. If you do have a project that isn’t in our wheelhouse, chances are we would be able to point you in the right direction. Never be afraid to ask for a referral!
Brick Paver Installation and Maintenance
Brick paver patios, walkways, and porches are a functional and durable option that that are both visually stunning, and full of character. When installed properly, your new pavers will stand up to the elements for years. Whether you’re looking at designing and installing a new project, or you’re in need of maintenance and repair to your existing pavers, give us call today. We will be happy to send out an experienced team member free of charge at a time that fits your schedule to discuss your options.
If you’re interested in a new paver install, one of our project managers will come to your home or business and listen to your needs and desires in order to help you come up with a highly functional and beautiful design that fits your budget. Not sure what style of paver you’re looking for? No problem! We will bring catalogues from multiple, industry leading, brick paver manufacturers like Uni-Lock, Oaks, and Fendt to your home. This allows you to begin the shopping process without ever stepping out the door, and it allows us to answer any questions you might have about different materials. Once you have narrowed your options down we will bring physical samples to your home or business so you know exactly what you’re getting. We do everything we can to make the design and construction process as painless and enjoyable as possible. So give us a call today and let us help you create the project you’ve been dreaming of.
Brick pavers are a beautiful and functional outdoor option that can last for years, but to keep them beautiful and functional there is periodic maintenance that should be performed. Not sure if your pavers are in need of maintenance? Give us a call and let one of our skilled professionals come to your home free of charge for an inspection. We handle all aspects of paver maintenance. Including power washing, re-sanding joints, applying sealants, and even re-leveling and other repairs.
Brick and Block Restoration and Preservation
Have you noticed deterioration or cracking in the mortar joints between your brick or block? Are the faces of your bricks crumbling or falling off? These are signs that your masonry work is in need of attention.
The sooner you take care of these problems the better! When masonry is compromised with these types of problems it is more susceptible to allowing water to enter the structure and cause further damage. Call us today for a free no obligation inspection and let us help you come up with an effective and affordable solution.
When caught early these problems may be able to be fixed with minor tuck pointing or individual brick / block replacement. And, if the problem is too far along for more minor repairs, we can handle any scope of demo and rebuilding that may be required to remedy the issue. Either way you will want someone knowledgeable in the trade to do your job. For example, did you know that when working with softer style bricks such as reclaimed commons, you want to go with a type-N mortar? If a less experienced mason uses a harder type-S or type-M your mortar joints will actually be stronger than the bricks they’re holding together. When this is the case, if there is any movement in your wall, your brickwork will develop cracks throughout. On the other hand, if you’re in need of structural repair on something like load bearing cinder block, you will want to go with type-S for it’s higher compressive strength.
Choosing the right cultured or natural stone veneer for your unique application and budget can be tricky. Give us a call and let us help you! Our seasoned project managers have the knowledge and experience to help you find what you’re looking for within your allotted price range. Keep in mind also that installing these materials is a specialized task. If you want your new veneer to last you’re going to want the right pros at your home or business to do the job. For example, some mason’s will use a standard type-N mortar mix when hanging stone, when in reality they should be using something with a bond strength of 180psi or better for a vertical application. Details like this can be the difference between lasting beauty and catastrophic failure.
Have you noticed cracked or otherwise deteriorating mortar joints between the brick, block, or stone at your home or business? If so, give us a call. There is a common misconception that tuck point repair is something that anyone can do. Cracks and voids should never just be filled in as is, because it won’t last. To do the job properly the surface mortar on the entire area in question needs to be removed to allow for new mortar to be installed. We do this without damaging the surrounding brick with high speed diamond blade angle grinders.
After the area is prepped and cleaned we use a variety of different mortar blends to properly match the style, age, and character of your brickwork. When it comes to mortar matching it’s all in the details. Everything right down to the sand that is used in the mix affects the final look and durability of your product. For example, when repairing historic brickwork sometimes it’s better to use plaster sand in your mix rather than standard mason sand. Plaster sand has larger aggregate that better matches the less refined sands that were used once upon a time. Let us put our years of experience to work for you.
When dealing with cracked or crumbling bricks, the first thing to do is assess the scope of the damage. If the problem is localized and minimal, we may be able to perform brick replacement. This is where the affected bricks are individually cut and chipped out while leaving the surrounding brickwork intact. We replace the removed bricks with bricks that are the best industry match, guaranteed.
How can we guarantee that your new brick will be the best possible match? Our project managers have years of experience, combined with an arsenal of supply yards and manufacturers. We maintain relationships with Glen Gery, The Belden Brick Co, Hanson, General Shale Brick, and Bowerston Brick Company, and others. We also have preferred vendor status with the very best brick yards, such as Sabiston Building Supply, that specialize in finding and stocking reclaimed common brick as well as other rare and hard to find used face brick. It is our standard practice to do whatever needs to be done to provide the best possible masonry restoration.
Never settle, give us a call today and let southeast Michigan’s premier restoration team go to work for you.
External forces such as the weather, freeze/thaw effect, and water erosion can wreak havoc on your masonry chimney. Internal forces like condensation from your hot water heater and furnace exhaust can also do a number on your brickwork over time. If you think you might have a problem, or just want to to look into preventative maintenance, give us a call. About 90% of the time the need for major chimney reconstruction can be avoided with simple maintenance.
Most chimney problems start when cracks form on the concrete chimney crown (cap). This is the layer of concrete that caps and seals the chimney top and keeps water out. When the crown is compromised, water gets in and starts to erode the brick and mortar from the inside out. If this is caught early we can usually remedy the problem with a new crown and minor repairs and save you a lot of money down the road.
When it comes to major chimney reconstruction, you will definitely want the right pro’s for the job. Almost 500 people die in the U.S. from carbon monoxide poisoning annually. Your chimney was designed to vent smoke and deadly gasses from your home and it is imperative that you have someone knowledgeable in the trade and current codes do this work for you. Not only does proper chimney restoration and reconstruction keep your home safe, it also keeps it looking beautiful and preserves your property value.
Is your porch becoming unsightly, or worse yet, hazardous? No problem at all. Give us a call and let one of our experienced project managers come to your home, at a time that fits your schedule, and craft a solution that fits your needs and budget. Our skilled pros here at Re-Brick Restoration are experienced in everything from minor repairs like tuckpointing and brick replacement to full demo and rebuild.
Bored with the look of your home and want to add beauty and curb appeal? We can install a stunning stone veneer to your existing porch that will have your neighbors buzzing! Or how about custom brick and limestone steps? We can give you a list of options that will not only add a new dimension of beauty to your home, but also last for years to come. Whatever your need may be, we are here to help. Give us a call and set up a free consultation today.
When it comes to preserving concrete flatwork such as sidewalks, driveways, patios, or parking lots, waterproofing is the name of the game. When water makes its way underneath your concrete it can create wash out in the substrate over time. When this happens, you can be left with large voids under the structure. When a vehicle is driven over one of these voids, cracks are created. Even the natural freeze/thaw cycles can be enough to cause your concrete slabs to heave in the winter causing permanent movement and weakening. Most of this water makes its way underneath your concrete through unprotected expansion joints or existing cracks in your flat work.
Polyurethane rubberized caulking such as Sikaflex 1c SL is a great option for sealing such areas. This product is specially formulated to bond extremely well to masonry surfaces and is rubberized to allow for considerably more movement than other caulk materials after curing. This means that it stands up to the expansion and contraction that your concrete goes through with temperature change. Rubberized sealants can be a great, affordable, easy way to preserve your concrete and avoid costly replacement.
According to Consumer Reports, a good power washing along with needed brick replacements and paint touch-ups can increase the value of your home by as much as 5%. Whether you are getting ready to put your home on the market or just looking to freshen up for the spring/summer season, power washing is a fast, affordable way to keep your home looking its best. Give us a call today for a free quote.