Preserving the history or ‘heritage’ of our city, building by building, through ‘Historical Restoration’ is an art that a lot of the time is overlooked unless you are a historian or become personally involved in a project. Not many realize the intricacies involved in carving the lions sitting high on the front of Union Station to the exact detail of the original stone when Union Station was first built in the 1890’s. The research involved to find exact drawings or pictures of this and many other landmarks in the St. Louis area. Superior Waterproofing has had to work closely with the Historical Society to preserve our culture through brick and masonry during the restoration of many of our landmarks.
Begin with restoration cleaning the structure in order to remove years of atmospheric acids, dirt and salt build up.
A comprehensive analysis of the existing buildings wall structure/shell needs to be completed prior to any repair procedures being performed. Due to the age of many historic structures original building drawings have been lost or damaged making it very difficult to determine the original wall detail construction; especially as it relates to back-up masonry, anchorage, steel support, thru-wall flashing, etc. Selective demolition should be performed in order to verify the original construction, level of deterioration and to help assist the restoration process moving forward. Historic and compatible building materials must be used. Lastly, be sure to engage an experienced, qualified contractor employing highly skilled craftsman such as Superior Waterproofing and Restoration Co.
Masonry, stone, terra-cotta, concrete and sealant maintenance/repair in a timely and professional manner are vital; to maintain the overall integrity and to prolong a buildings life span. If left unattended the level of deterioration, as well as the cost for future repair will be magnified enormously as each and every year passes.
Building sealants, waterproofing and breathable high performance coatings are utilized to help your building withstand climatic change, movement, rain and wind pressures, while preserving the beauty.