Founder of Preservation Works Ltd., Rob Wozniak, gently removes 100+ years of carbon deposits while preserving the stone’s natural patina, which avoids an over-cleaned or sandblasted look that a regular power washer might create.
Natural Hydraulic Lime (typically NHL 3.5) mortar should be used – rather than cement – for historic homes or buildings made of brick or stone.
We not only sell, but we use these binders/specialty masonry products imported from Europe that have been used for thousands of years in traditional building & are now being used in modern & “green” construction due to their high quality, reasonable cost & minor environmental impact!
HISTORICALLY APPROPRIATE, which is important when repairing a historic structure for durability & to visually match the new to the old as much as possible
SELF-HEALING: has the ability to close cracks, further protecting the building from water intrusion or more dramatic damage to mortar.
VAPOR PERMEABLE: allows moisture to evaporate, preventing mold generation & ensuring bricks won’t crack/break during freeze/thaw cycles.
LESS COMPRESSIVE STRENGTH than cement: acts as a buffer between bricks; as bricks move & settle, mortar shifts to accommodate changes, keeping bricks intact
HIGHER BOND STRENGTH than cement, which protects from seepage & erosion
ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY: “green” product, made entirely from and by nature
Using our knowledge & skills from historic work, we apply similar techniques & materials for new construction offering clients a rich, natural and healthy aesthetic in their home, a soulful alternative to sterile, machine-made construction.