Marion Restoration provides all varieties of masonry joint restoration services using matching mortar composition, compressive strength, performance and joint profile. One of our many specialty’s is to repoint butter joints, bead joints, ribbon joints and paneling.
Finding a seamless brick match is what we specialize in. Much of the work at Marion Restoration consists of reusing bricks from historic era load bearing masonry construction. Brick work ranges from common varieties, such as Chicago Pink and Milwaukee Cream City to face brick in different sizes, textures and colors.
We are experts in the repair and restoration of historic stonework. In every aspect of stone restoration from custom replication to crack repair, and mortar repointing. We employ only the most highly trained conservators to restore fine stone details. We train and hire expert carvers who can replicate lost stone detailing.
We redefine concrete restoration. Not only do we execute historic concrete restoration and replication, our conservation techniques have proven successful in remedying issues with modern concrete installations. Our laboratory will analyze and duplicate any concrete mix to make our repair indistinguishable.
Reconstruction consists of items such as chimneys, parapets, railings, stair cheek walls, steps, wall segments, etc. that require rebuilding. Our restoration masons will impress the most demanding client and quality requirements. Reconstruction is executed to match the original design using the original materials whenever possible.
Terra Cotta Restoration
We love terracotta. Marion has extensive terra cotta repair, fabrication and restoration experience. We work in partnership with our sister company U.S. Heritage Group, Inc. to develop custom patch materials and coatings. Our conservators will restore any sample or decorative building element and artwork made of ceramic and terracotta.
Tile & Mosaic Restoration
The restoration of all varieties of tile is a rare skill as trained artisans are rare in the field. Marion seeks out these craftsperson’s worldwide to allow this valuable work to continue. We enjoy reviewing many historic restoration projects bringing beautiful mosaic and tile work back to life. We can restore single tile or the entire floor.
Ornamental sandstone fireplaces bring joy to any home. They provide a comfortable place to gather as a family, they provide heat and light, and they make a room look beautiful. Therefore, it is important to have a properly working fireplace in your home. Fireplace restoration projects vary widely, but no matter the issue, we have a solution to put that fireplace back in beautiful, safe working order.
Maintaining foundations in a pristine condition can be challenging. Especially those built with stone or brick. Over time many repairs are implemented using non-breathable repair mortars and coatings that are now failing. White powdery sub-florescence will deposit inside a foundation structure leading to original material disintegration. We’ve developed special techniques to address this common issue.
Masonry Cleaning & Limewashing
At Marion Restoration, we are using the gentlest cleaning methods possible to remove soiling from masonry. We always begin with a sample mockup. There is no other method for understanding what cleaning product, dwell time, and how many applications are necessary unless testing is undertaken as a first step. Several test samples are executed to establish the gentlest means possible while not over cleaning or damaging the masonry.
Traditional Surface Finishes
Marion Restoration’s craftspeople are experienced in the application of traditional lime wash, stuccos and plasters. Lime wash is based on pure slaked lime and water. Lime washed walls produces a unique surface glow due to the refraction of calcite crystals. Mid-evil techniques called penciling were commonly used for hundreds of years on many fine homes throughout the country. We’ve worked on many projects nationwide to re-create this beautiful finish.
Special Restoration Services
We have been told by many clients that there isn’t any task we cannot handle. If your needs are masonry related, we are the best team for the job. If your structure has other specific needs not masonry related, we know the experts to put in contact with you via our wealth of experience with historic structures.