FAQ Friday: What are Silicate Paints?

Silicate Dispersion Paint is also known as Inorganic Mineral Paints and is unique in regard to its ability to breathe and supply a long service life to masonry materials. Chemical mineral paints are based on “Waterglass” AKA Potassium Silicate, which has been described as liquid stone. When silicate Paint petrifies a mineral substrate such as […]

Preserving Historic Brick at the Shirley Plantation

The historic Shirley Plantation is situated along the James River right outside Richmond Virginia. It was constructed in the early 17th century and is the oldest family-owned business in North America as stated on their website. Today, unfortunately much of the brick that makes up the various buildings is literally falling apart. Spalling of the […]

Repointing A Historic New Jersey Home

Historic masonry restoration completed by the Technical Install Team of LimeWorks.us in Moorestown, New Jersey. This circa 1790 historic brick home was repointed using Ecologic™ Mortar. Ecologic™ Mortar is made with Natural Hydraulic Lime (NHL) and contains NO harmful Portland Cement. The use of Portland Cement to repoint historic buildings will cause premature degradation which […]

Restoration Well Underway at the University of Virginia

The prestigious Lawn at the University of Virginia is currently in the middle of an enormous restoration campaign. This past summer and fall, the sod was completely replaced to allow for a new drainage system. All of the 105 chimneys were repaired using LimeWorks.us custom Ecologic™ Mortar. Removal of the decades of damaging mortars that […]

FAQ Friday

Two weeks ago I attended The 12th International Congress on the Deterioration and Conservation of Stone in New York City. It was four days long, jam packed with presentations that covered geology, physics, material science, engineering, chemistry, biology, architecture, and conservation. During this time I took lots of notes thinking that I may never be […]

Limelight on Historic Brownstone Restoration – Alfred’s Victorian

Alfred’s Victorian Restoration Story –  with Andy deGruchy This beautiful late 19th century Hummelstown brownstone was recently restored by deGruchy Masonry Restoration, the Technical Install/Training Team of LimeWorks.us. Using historically appropriate, breathable Natural Hydraulic Lime based materials for repointing the brickwork and repairing the brownstone, this iconic building is now put into an excellent state of conservation. It remains a testament […]

Replica Lithomex Brick for Charleston Old City Jail

The 2012 APT/ IPTW Joint Preservation Conference is almost here. We’ve been busy preparing for the workshop we’ll be participating in at the Old City Jail (American College for the Building Arts). Check out this video of Randy preparing some replica brick made of Lithomex for the workshop. Also, keep any eye out for blog […]

Mineral Paints and Stains Make a Breathable and Durable Mural on a Historic Building

1 man 560 hours 28 days 1 Beautiful/ Durable/ Breathable Mural Jim Gloria of the Totts Gap Art Institute completed the first of the murals for the Bangor Heritage Mural Project in Bangor PA. Using breathable silicate paints and stains, Jim created a beautiful piece of art that will succeed and stand strong against sun […]

Conserving A Pennsylvania Treasure, New Hope’s Historic Parry Mansion

The Parry Mansion located in downtown New Hope Pennsylvania is one the finest relics of the river town’s historic past. Benjamin Parry, founder of New Hope, spent three years constructing his 11 room home from Bucks County fieldstone. Recently, the Technical Install Team of LimeWorks.us , (deGruchy Masonry Restoration), used a conservator’s approach to preserve […]

Historic Brownstone Restoration With Breathable Natural Hydraulic Lime

This beautiful late 19th century brownstone was recently restored by deGruchy Masonry Restoration, the Technical Install/Training Team of LimeWorks.us. Using historically appropriate, breathable Natural Hydraulic Lime based materials for repointing the brickwork and repairing the brownstone, this iconic building is now put into an excellent state of conservation. It remains a testament to excellent stewardship […]

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