If you’re looking to hire a contractor for exterior masonry repair, now is the time to request a quote. With spring weather warming, masons in the Fraser Valley and the Lower Mainland are booking up quickly, taking on outdoor projects that are only possible in the spring and summer months. At Legend Stoneworks, we often get requests for masonry repair work mere weeks from winter, as homeowners realize damaging cold weather is well on its way. We do our best to accommodate everyone, but unfortunately, it can be difficult to fit everyone into our schedule. Waiting to request quotes means you risk being left out in the cold – so don’t let this happen to you!
Winter weather can wreak havoc on exterior masonry work. While brick and stone last much longer than other materials and sidings, these materials aren’t impregnable. Water can seep into the tiniest crevices and freeze, widening those crevices into deeper cracks and fissures. This damage is compounded when your home is overdue for masonry repairs. If you don’t stay on top of things, significant damage can occur, resulting in much higher repair costs. Therefore, it’s a good idea to touch up masonry work regularly, and the time immediately after winter is ideal for inspecting your home and scheduling repairs.
While masons can work on indoor projects during winter, warmer weather conditions are usually required for outdoor installations and masonry repair jobs. Comfortable (and safe) working temperatures typically range from 5° to 30° Celsius (or 40° to 85° Fahrenheit). Additionally, colder temperatures can make it more difficult for mortar and other masonry materials to set properly. This makes spring and summer the ideal time for masons to make repairs to home exteriors – and thus, masons’ schedules tend to fill up fast during these warmer months.
Experienced masons plan ahead in order to prepare for the busy season. They work out schedules with work crews and nail down the logistics of jobs early, finding suppliers for necessary building materials and plotting out project schedules. If cold temperatures spill from winter into early spring, as can sometimes happen, production schedules get pushed back. This can make it harder to get your masonry repair project into the queue. You can ensure your spot in line, though, by requesting a consultation and quote from a professional masonry company early.
Before scheduling a masonry repair project, it’s important to have an idea of the scale. Luckily, professional masons should be prepared to give you a quote free of charge, with no obligation. Masonry contractors in your area will be happy to consult with you and determine the extent of repairs that will be necessary before winter sets in again. Asking for a quote as early as possible gets the ball rolling on any masonry repair projects. You’ll be added into your chosen mason’s production schedule if you proceed, ensuring that the work gets done before temperatures drop.
Building materials like brick and stone are built to last – but at Legend Stoneworks, we understand they don’t last forever. Our team of professional masons is highly experienced when it comes to repair jobs, and we know how to protect your outdoor masonry work against the chill of winter. We’re prepared for jobs big and small, so whether you require a simple patch-up or a large-scale masonry repair project, contact us to request a quote today!
Stone veneer has been growing in popularity in recent years, and for good reason. It’s a durable material that lets homeowners add the rugged aesthetic of natural stone, at a fraction of the cost. At Legend Stoneworks, we love working with stone veneer because of its versatility and natural appearance, but we also understand that the average consumer doesn’t know much about it. This is precisely why we decided to dedicate today’s blog post to exploring some little-known facts about stone veneer. Let’s get started!
Sometimes, people voice concerns that stone veneer might not offer the beauty and durability of natural stone finishes. However, this assumption could not be further from the truth. Unlike manufactured stone veneer, natural stone veneer is made of real stone.
Natural stone veneer, holds up to weather and looks just like natural stone; because it’s cut from the real thing! The reason stone veneer is so versatile is because it’s cut much thinner than full bed stones. Stone veneer is typically about an inch thick, whereas full stone can be up to six inches thick. This difference in thickness means stone veneer is significantly lighter in weight, meaning installing it is simpler and cheaper. Therefore, stone veneer offers the beautiful vibrancy and durability of natural stone but can be added where full bed stone might not otherwise be feasible.
Since stone veneer is made from natural stone, it offers all the fire-resistance benefits that full stone or brick deliver. This makes stone veneer an ideal material, not only for the exterior of your home, but especially for an elegant fireplace and mantle. While manufactured materials rely on treatments for their fire resistance, stone veneer comes by it naturally. You can enjoy peace of mind while you cozy up by the fire, and rest assured that your stone veneer exterior finish protects your home year-round.
Any building material that may be used on the exterior of your home must be carefully evaluated in terms of how well it can prevent pests from moving in. While wood and vinyl siding have improved over the years, they still wear away relatively quickly, leaving countless nooks and crevices for insects to move in. Sturdier materials like concrete, metal, and stone veneer are far and away the winners when it comes to pest control. Stone veneer’s durability means it’s unlikely to develop cracks where bugs and other pests might decide to move in. More importantly, though, termites will never be a concern, as stone veneer naturally stops these and other pests in their tracks.
The experienced masons at Legend Stoneworks know how important it is to use the right material for any project. We’ve installed stone veneer all across the Fraser Valley and the Lower Mainland, and we’d love to tell you more about the numerous, beautiful stone veneer patterns that can add a gorgeous, rugged look to your home – inside or out. Contact us today to learn more about how stone veneer can bring your vision for your home to life!
When starting a masonry project, you want to be sure you’re hiring the right contractor. Any uncertainty about the contractor you hire can leave you with worries and doubts. Do they understand your vision for your home? Do they have the skills to do the job? Will their work last? At Legend Stoneworks, we understand that getting the job done right starts with hiring the right people for the job. In order to help you do just that, we’ve put together a list of the most important questions to ask masonry contractors – before a single stone or brick is laid!
Before hiring any masonry contractor, ask for their credentials. For masonry work in the Fraser Valley and the Lower Mainland, the most important credential is proof of a current WSIB clearance certificate. This covers liability in case of injury to workers on your property. It’s your responsibility to ensure that any contractor you hire has such a certificate – or else you may be on the hook should anyone sustain an injury on your jobsite.
Masonry contractors often specialize in particular materials; and even when they don’t, chances are they’ve worked with some materials more than others. For example, some contractors simply don’t work with natural stone. Ask potential contractors about the materials with which they have worked the most and see how their experience fits with your project. You should also ask about what cutting and laying patterns they’ve done, particularly if you have a specific idea in mind. At Legend Stonework we specialize in stone veneer and brick veneer, check out our project portfolio for design inspiration today!
It’s always a good idea to select a contractor with an established reputation serving your area. Local contractors are typically invested in the communities they serve. This gives you peace of mind that they will be available years down the road should you need a repair or want to take on another masonry project.
Some masons may require a small amount of prep work from you before starting work. Clearing out furniture and belongings is a common preparation that may be expected of you. Be sure to ask the masonry contractors you are considering hiring what they would need from you before moving forward with your project. This is the best way to avoid surprises and to ensure your project moves smoothly from the very beginning.
Any masonry contractors can claim their work will last, but the ideal contractor will stand behind their work. A guarantee or warranty is a sign that a contractor not only believes in their ability to complete your project right, but that their craftsmanship will stand the test of time – and they’ll be accountable in case something doesn’t hold up.
A well-established contractor should be able to provide many references. Solid references let you know that the contractor you’re hiring has a successful track record, and references from property owners who completed similar projects to yours can help you rest assured that you’re making the right hire. While you’re at it, ask to see examples of their work. A trustworthy masonry contractor will be able to show you examples of their work firsthand as proof of their craftmanship and artistry.
A masonry project isn’t just about the stone and brickwork – it’s about doing a thorough job from start to finish. While this is a simple question, it can help reveal which masonry contractors are more conscientious, as they should be prepared to leave your space in the same, clean condition in which they found it.
We at Legend Stoneworks know it can be tough to find the right masonry contractors. But after completing thousands of jobs throughout the Fraser Valley and the Lower Mainland, we can confidently say we’re ready for any project you might have. We take pride in our work and craft, and we are here to make your vision a reality. Contact us today and tell us about it!