We at Four Seasons Restoration Company engage in a variety of remodeling and restoration services to beautify and increase the value of residential, commercial, industrial and institutional properties. Such services include, but are not limited to, the following: Tuck-Pointing, and Brick and Stone Repairs more generally; Sandblasting; High-pressure wash, paint removal etc.; and, Sealant Application Please see a more detailed description of these types of services below. Tuck-Pointing Masonry homes and walls constructed of brick and stone can develop voids, cracks, crumbling mortar, or uneven areas of mortar from settling or foundation problems. Separations between brick and mortar can allow air and water to leak through gaps in the wall. Repairing cracked mortar is called tuck-pointing. Tuck-pointing is typically needed when exposure (of 25-30 years) causes mortar joints to crack, flake, or disintegrate. Large holes and washed out mortar are typical signs that tuck-pointing is needed. Although the right material and technique are usually enough to deliver a water-tight job, it usually takes the skill of experienced professionals to use the proper mortar mix and tools to match existing mortar. Sandblasting Sandblasting is the carefully controlled bombardment of a surface with abrasive sand or grit propelled at high speeds by compressed air. Sandblasting can be used to clean surfaces, apply decorative texture, or to sculpt glass, wood, or stone. Uses for Sandblasting There are four basic uses for sandblasting. Cleaning Sandblasting is used to clean sand and irregularities from foundry castings. The process can also be used to strip away accumulations of rust, dirt, and old paint or varnish. This must be done with caution so as not to damage the underlying surface. Texturing Sandblasting can be used to texture many surfaces, but is particularly useful for making decorative designs in concrete floors, walls, and columns. This technique can also be used to clean and rough up a concrete surface prior to tiling. This ensures a good bond between the concrete and the tile adhesive. Etching and Engraving Fine sandblasting can be used to engrave glass, crystal, ceramic, acrylics, stainless steel, aluminum, brass, pewter, bronze, granite, marble, and wood. It is even possible to reproduce a photographic image in glass or metal using sandblasting. Sand carving An artisan can use carefully controlled fine sandblasting to sculpt and carve in three dimensions on wood, glass, or stone. Decorative Techniques Decorative sandblasting involves the use of a stencil or mask' that is applied to the surface. The mask protects the areas that will not be decorated. For simple images on concrete, the mask can be made from any material that will withstand the sandblasting. For complex images on concrete or other materials, there are various mask products made specifically for sandblasting. These masks have an adhesive backing and adhere to the surface being decorated. Depending on the application, masks can be purchased in various designs, created from computer artwork or photographs, or drawn freehand. After the mask is applied, the surface is sandblasted. During this process, it is important to keep the nozzle pointed straight at the surface; if the nozzle is at an angle, the abrasive may get under the mask and ruin the decoration. An even application of sandblasting is usually desired. After the sandblasting is complete, the mask is removed by peeling it off or, if necessary, soaking it in warm water.
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