Building stone, due to its relative uniformity and physical properties, can be cut and shaped to specified sizes of blocks and is referred to as freestone or dimension stone. Unlike stone in general building construction stone for monumental or decorative use has greater uniformity of both colour and texture. Being a naturally occurring product stone is porous and can suffer from damage caused by airborne carbonic pollution, algae growth on walls with little direct sunlight, run-off from gutters, and incorrect remedial restoration. These effects are not only unsightly but can lead to reducing the breathability of the building fabric which can cause serious damage.
If left unattended, it will eventually affect the structural integrity of the building itself. To ensure problems are tackled before they escalate and become more expensive to correct, it is essential that stone properties undergo regular planned renovation every two to five years.
Our Stone Works Services
The stone experts in our team can work with any detail of exterior stone on and around a building, from steps and kerbstones all the way up the exterior and across the roof. They will clean and colour match replacement stones and fully restore stonework so that it is both appealing to the eye and, most importantly, able to breathe.
Whilst the UK is renowned for the timeless stone properties lining its streets, including St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey, it is also known for its rainy weather and historic carbon pollution. These two elements are the prime culprits of staining that locks in moisture and prevents stone from breathing.
Historically in London the use of stone and in particular Portland stone in the rebuilding of important buildings was brought about by the disastrous Great Fire in 1666.
The conservation of such stone buildings is a fundamental part of retaining our unique heritage.
With our Stone Works Service, we provide a comprehensive cleaning and repair service for your commercial or residential stone property. Our team of trained stone experts take a unique approach to each property they work on. You can trust that when Spectrum restores your stone property, they deliver a custom solution for the specific type of stone, damage, height, and wear of your building. From removing to graffiti to repairing intricate masonry, our Stone Works service proving sympathetic conservation of your stone property!