Need fast service for your brick repair in Melbourne and Regional VIC? Send through your photos and get it fixed!

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Do you have cracked and old masonry walls that need fixing? Have a leaking roof or floor, old looking stone & stucco render or general facade maintenance requirements?

If you do and you wish to receive fast pricing and turnaround on your project, then you are definitely in the right place! Try our NEW Secure Project Upload Service, provided by Google, and you can send through project related documents such as photos or drawing sets and receive fast turnaround on your pricing and overall project.

Contact us for fast repair and restoration service throughout Melbourne and Regional VIC.

Damage to structures, buildings, walls and floors by water, fire or any other causes, can be problematic. Fix it the first time with us.

Repair your Australian Bluestone Cottage in Country VIC with mason & maker

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mason & maker, vicrestorations.com, operating throughout Melbourne and regional VIC.

We use traditional methods to restore your stone, brick, concrete, timber, render and plaster.

Our services also include heritage building consultation for DIY home improvement projects, designed for those Australians with a passion for restoring and preserving our cultural building heritage themselves whether you be a company or home owner.

 

Trying to Find a Matching Brick? We can Replicate your Clay Bricks

Looking for a certain type of heritage brick? Need an art deco ‘double, half-round’ capping brick or some ornately patterned finishes? We can replicate and match missing or discontinued bricks for your heritage/ federation/ victorian/ colonial styled period home renovation. Simply send us a photo with some dimensions and we can replicate from that.

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A Patterned, Glazed 60mm Brick from Yesteryear.

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Some bricks are notoriously hard to replace, we can help.

To Patch or Not To Patch? Mortar Repair on Stone

Although I am a devout traditionalist and prefer to keep the use of portland cements to a minimum, the patching process of mortar repair, when dealing with natural stone buildings, should allow for a strong and durable patch. All patching and pointing shall be installed utilising soaking methods; working with optimal moisture content in both substrate and mortar. This basically means that substrates remain dampened before and after pointing/ patching has occurred.

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Bluestone cottage wall with joint removed. The three smaller stones, known as ‘bees feet’, used to fill the line, can be filled with darker mortar

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Bluestone Cottage wall with darkened mortar patch

While the colour may look darker now, the patch will dry lighter to match the colour of the surrounding stone. The skill of the original mason from many years ago has been highlighted again by this restoration.

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Turning random rubble into a dressed 300mm ashlar wall–Victorian Bluestone Georgian Cottage

Have excessive wall cracking? You might need to fix the reactive soil under the house slab

Australia is one of the driest places on earth. If your house slab is built on highly reactive clay soil types, the expansion and contraction of the clay may cause differential settlement within the sub base region under your house slab and also contribute to large crack formations in your brick masonry walls.

If this is the case then underpinning may not be the only remedy needed. We also utilise a technique known as slurry diaphragm walling to prevent water loss through lateral hydrodisplacement. In other words, a trench is made, and filled using a suspension mixture of bentonite, clay and possibly cement if required.

The soil bentonite slurry wall inhibits water transfer and protects the sub base area underneath your house. This inhibits differential settlement and subsequent cracking there under.

If you have type 2 clayey soil under your house then the diaphragm slurry wall method maybe your best bet. Give us a call on 0499330772 or send us through an email at melbournebrickrepair@gmail.com for further information.

Are tree roots damaging your property? Let us handle it for you…

If you have tree roots affecting your brick driveway, retaining wall or your actual house structure, call on us to handle the whole issue for you.

We can contact your neighbour or council, or whomever we need, to get you results. We also find that as we act on your behalf, this saves any grief generated by the issue as it is handled by an independent 3rd party.

This also applies to any water damage – greywater (stormwater) and blackwater (sewage) – and inundated structures…