Upstate NY is home to some of the harshest weather. Freeze and thaw can cause expensive damage. Catch it early and make repairs... or wait and replace.
Steps are usually exposed to all of the elements and abuse of foot traffic, ice & snow removal, and sometimes harmful chemicals like rock salt.
Once there is a crack or seperation water can get into the core and rot the inside. In the winter this moisture freezes and can swell causing more cracks and seperations.
Watch your step! The height of each step is very important to local codes and is often overlooked. We build your steps with precision and an efficient design to last the test of time.
Chimneys and Fireplaces
Safety, functionability, and appearance.
Masonry chimneys and fireplaces deal with high temperatures and thermal stress. Using the right materials for the job is crucial to a safe home and long lasting structure. Building or repairing a masonry chimney requires the use of different types of cements and bricks. Using the wrong materials or design can cost more than doing it right the first time.
I am not just a mason, I specialize in the codes and workings of chimneys that vent many different fireplaces, woodstoves, and furnaces.
I have saved my customers thousands of dollars by explaining and providing options that best suit their needs.
Brick and mortar matching
Bricks and mortar have changed throughout the years and finding a match isn't always purely cosmetic. Using the wrong type of mortar can negatively effect the strength and integrity of your new repair.
Some masons use one type of mortar for everything and that could lead to an expensive repair or replacement soon after you have already paid for it. Do it right the first time.
I stock a wide assortment of used/reclaimed bricks and stones that are almost impossible to find elsewhere. These materials help to blend old and new masonry seamlessly.
Dyes and stains can be added to create a repair that is sometimes unnoticable to even an experienced mason.