HJ’s Stone Artistry Restorations repairs, restores and builds stone
walls, retaining walls, steps and patios, dry stone walls, stone veneers
and more. If you need custom masonry built to enhance the value and
appearance of your property, please call us today. President and owner
Hank Johnson has more than 30 years experience as a mason and brings his
personal attention and skill to every job.
We specialize in finding cost-effective solutions to keep your equipment running at peak efficiency. We specialize in healthcare, educational, government, commercial real estate, hospitality and large industrial complex facilities. We can provide effective solutions to help you keep your equipment running smoothly, save you money on costly repairs, reduce down time, and extend the life of your equipment. Keeping your business running is our priority.
lic numbers #WC-26475H14, PC-6566, CT-HIC0638946
- Efflorescence is the unsightly buildup of salts that come to the
surface of stone and brick work and crystalize. Removal of efflorescence
is an important part of the masonry restoration process.Unlike our competitors, HJ’s Stone Artistry Restorations uses a unique solution, FO® 3024-SV,
which Hank Johnson helped to develop. Our solution does not contain
hydrochloric acid and has no fumes or obnoxious odors. It is more
effective than hydrochloric or muriatic acid and much kinder to your
masonry and to the environment. FO® 3024-SV solution can even be shipped via UPS.
FO® 3024-SV Technical Information
Detailed stonework with
a heavy build up of efflorescence. Efflorescence can be
over an inch thick.
HJ’s Stone Artistry Restorations removes the heavy accumulation and begins to wash and scrub the stonework. The solution we use does NOT contain harmful chemicals such as hydrochloric acid.
We repeat the process until the efflorcence is removed. In this case
it is all hand work because of the type of masonry. It’s faster with a pressure washer!
As you can see, we have removed the ugly white stuff that creeps out of your masonry walls.
Preservation renovation is the art of maintaining the original
design and function of a structure, while renovating it to assure safe
and pleasurable use. Restoring original masonry is an integral part of
preservation renovation in structures where unique masonry features are
essential to the appearance and functionality of the building.
HJ’s Stone Artistry Restorations rebuilt the stone foundation and chimney on this charming cabin.
Stonemasons use all types of natural stone: igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary; while some also use artificial stone as well.
Igneous stones: Granite is one of the hardest stones, and requires such different techniques to sedimentary stones that it is virtually a separate trade. With great persistence, simple mouldings can and have been carved into granite, for example in many Cornish churches and the city of Aberdeen. Generally, however, it is used for purposes that require its strength and durability, such as kerbstones, countertops, flooring, and breakwaters.
Igneous stone ranges from very soft rocks such as pumice and scoria to somewhat harder rocks such as tuff and hard rocks such as granite and basalt.
Metamorphic: Marble is a fine stone easily workable, that comes in various colours, mainly white.
It has traditionally been used for carving statues, and for facing many Byzantine and Renaissance Italian buildings. The first and most admirable marble carvers and sculptors were the Greeks, namely Antenor (6th century BC), Phidias and Critias (5th century BC), Praxiteles (4th century BC) and others who used mainly the marble of Paros and Thassos islands, the whitest and brightest of all, although not the finest, and also the Pentelikon marble. Their work was preceded by older sculptors from Mesopotamia and Egypt, but the Greeks were unmatched in plasticity and realistic (re)presentation, either of Gods (Apollo, Aphrodite, Hermes, Zeus, etc.), or humans (Pythagoras, Socrates, Plato, Phryne, etc.).
The famous Acropolis of Athens is said to be constructed using the Pentelicon marble. The traditional home of the marble industry is the area around Carrara in Italy, from where a bright and fine, whitish marble is extracted in vast quantities.
Slate is a popular choice of stone for memorials and inscriptions, as its fine grain and hardness means it leaves details very sharp. Meanwhile, its tendency to split into thin plates has made it a popular roofing material.
Sedimentary: Many of the world’s most famous buildings have been built of sedimentary stone, from Durham Cathedral to St Peter’s in Rome. There are two main types of sedimentary stone used in masonry work, limestones and sandstones. Examples of limestones include Bath and Portland stone. Yorkstone and Sydney sandstone are well-known sandstones.
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