General Masonry

Year after year, season after season, the weather is beating your property. Rain storms, frost, wind, snow, you know the deal. The first line of defense against the brutal elements is your building's brick work. So, it's important to keep your property protected with the best in the business. 

GARAGE

PROBLEM  

Customer's garage was slowly deteriorating from the bottom, so they asked us to repair the damage, also to prevent rodents from entering the property.

SOLUTION_ 

Evanston Masonry rebuilt the garage column to look like new again!  

Lintel Replacement

Above your windows and doorways, there is a structural member supporting the weight above it (the Lintel). If you see cracks in your walls coming from this area, you'll need us to replace the Lintel. If you don't, you may run the risk of moisture penetrating your building and creating even more damage and/or corrosion later.

PROBLEM

SOLUTION

PROBLEM  

Customer called with concerns of a family of mice entering their stairwell under their corroded picture window.  Also, the lintel on the same window (pictured, left) was allowing water to enter the home.

 

SOLUTION_ 

Evanston Masonry rebuilt the customer's balustrade (pictured, right). The window was replaced with glass blocks to allow light and to give the stairwell an amazing new look!  Rodent problem, gone.  

PROBLEM  

Customer's window was allowing water to enter the property seeping into the interior walls (pictured, left).

 

SOLUTION_ 

Evanston Masonry rebuilt the customer's lintel (pictured, right). The window is now water-tight! 

Parapet Rebuilding

On flat or barrel-shaped roofs, the Parapet is what the roof is attached to.  It starts from the roof and is built upward as a short wall. Over time, moisture penetration can cause this part of your building to "tip" or lean. We can coordinate with either your roofer or our roofer to ensure that your Parapet is secure for years to come.

Here, Evanston Masonry rebuilt all of the second floor masonry and replaced all of the lintels complete with the appropriate flashings. All of the problems were solved and the property was left with fabulous curb appeal!

BEFORE

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AFTER

Our customers frontage parapet had loose and deteriorated bricks as well as severely corroding lintels above the top floor windows. We came in and fixed the problems for them by demolishing the  frontage parapet to the roof level and striping away the outside 4” wydthe of brick from the roof level down to the top of the front porch. After we dismantled the front we then rebuilt this same area installing 3 new lintels (above the top floor windows) complete with flashings, end dams, tube-type cotton weeps and a termination bars and placed new limestone copings at the top of the new parapet. 

INSIDE VIEW OF THIS PROJECT

Corroded Lintel

Corroded Lintel Pt. 2

Pre-Primed/Painted       Steel Lintel

Flashing on Lintel Prior to End Dams Installation

BASEMENT

Whether you are selling your home, or are a proud new owner, you may want to give your basement walls a different look. Just make sure your foundation is sound to avoid problems later.

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Rebuilt the bottom 14 courses of the chimney in the basement.

MULTI-UNIT PROJECTS

Rebuilding Multi-Unit Frontage

Keeping our workers safe!

BEFORE

As the case with most multi-unit buildings, our customer needed a few issues repaired.  Tenants tend to wear apartment building down quickly, so within every few years, maintenance is necessary for the building to function at optimal levels.

Here, our customer asked us to power wash the common brick portion of the building, tuckpoint three sides of the building, rebuild the front entry balustrade, replace all lintels on the frontage new lintels new windows for the building.  The customer also needed to repair a few lintels (above the windows) to prevent further water damage seeping into the building. The parapets were also rebuilt.

Dewey Ave., Evanston

AFTER

Our customer's building is back in business and looking great!

Once the brick work was completed, our crew washed the tuckpointing job to give the building a special "glow".  

We also installed all the windows on the entire building to complete the building's upgrade. The owner could not be happier!

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INSIDE VIEW OF THIS PROJECT

COMMERCIAL PROJECT

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Here we removed the entire 100 foot long, four story frontage which consisted of a twelve-inch wall (3 full wydthes of brick), removed all of the vertical and horizontal structural steel while temporarily supporting all of the concrete decking. Following the demolition our crew installed all new structural steel, brick work, limestone and new thermally insulated windows. We set up a temporary heating system, worked through the winter and came in on schedule much to delight of the nursing home owner.

INSIDE VIEW OF THIS PROJECT

Note: Cornice pulling away from the building.

Deteriorated limestone cornice

Corroded lintel

Corroded I-Beam

Corroded I-Beam Pt. 2

Corroded Lintel Pt. 2

Corroded I-Beam Pt. 3

I-Beam Replacement

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We demolished our customer's parapet above their garage door allowing us to remove the corroded I-beam. We then installed a new I-Beam and rebuilt the parapet same as original.

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Our customer’s top floor balustrade was in critical condition and needed to be restored to its original state. With this being said, we demolished the balustrades concrete coping, removed all the brick, cut and disposed the severely deteriorated I-Beam. After the demolition phase of the project was done we then installed a new pre primed/painted I-Beam with the proper flashing, furnished new brick on top of the I-Beam and finally formed and poured a new concrete coping with an overhang in place above the newly built balustrade.

Corroded Steel

New Steel I-Beam

I-Beam With Flashing

Forms For New Concrete Coping

BALUSTRADE REBUILD

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We rebuilt our customer's balustrades.

POWER WASHING

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This wonderful Skokie home needed some TLC. To give give this house a whole new appearance, we power washed, spot grinded and tuckpointed 100% of the house and rebuilt the chimney to the roof level to make the house look like an award-winning home. The customer was ecstatic with the project and she was happy we recommend her to power wash the entire house.

INSIDE VIEW OF THIS PROJECT

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During this project we rebuilt the chimney, power washed the front entry balustrade along with salvaged brick from the chimney. Once we completed the power washing, we then replaced the deteriorated bricks on the balustrade with the salvaged brick from the chimney, and we finally ground out and tuckpointed the balustrade 100%. Powering washing the salvaged brick allowed us to maintain the vintage of our customers home.

POWER WASHING DURING PROJECT

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A TYPICAL REPAIR IN THIS AREA

BEFORE

Shown here is a typical tuckpointing job many homeowners experience. Unsightly, damaged bricks are covered up with mortar to try to stop water from entering the home. Also, the homeowner wants to keep the home looking good, so they paint the mortar. As you can see, after just a couple of years, the tuckpointing (and paint job) has already worn down. You can see the cracking but you can't see exactly where the water was coming into the home. The owners became tired of their issue and decided to call Evanston Masonry!

DURING

This is a great picture showing the Before, During, and After stages all at one time. 

On the left, you'll see the old, corroded, tuckpointing. 

In the middle, you see the condition of the old, deteriorating brick underneath. 

On the right, you see the amazing look of new bricks with the proper flashing installed to help prevent water from entering the home (look closely for the white vinyl piece between the old bricks and new).

AFTER

Look at the amazing job!

We solved our customer's problem by replacing the tattered, old, decaying tuckpointing job with new bricks and vinyl flashing to help prevent water seepage!

(NOTE: The bright "stain" you see is the neighbor's window reflection onto the brick.)

AFTER - Pt.2

Another view of the job from the rear entryway, looking toward the front of the house.

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