Common Masonry Problems

Nothing lasts forever -- not even bricks and stones.

The beauty and durability of stone and brick is legendary. But nothing lasts forever; so it’s better not to wait too long until a problem gets too big and costly. In the upper midwest, moisture and temperature are unavoidable factors affecting masonry and concrete. These have caused some of the most common problems that can arise from either harsh weather or improper use of materials or techniques in the original construction.

Water and cold can deteriorate flat concrete on balconies, which often loosens railings and creates a danger to residents.

In old buildings, it is common to see water permeating cracks in mortar between bricks or cracks in brick itself. When ignored too long, large sections of brick can be affected.

When caulk deteriorates during coping, water can seep behind the underlying stonework and cause serious damage. New caulk done as soon as possible can prevent additional damage to mortar joints between brick and stone.