Church / Cathedral Restoration and Stone Repairs
Over time, historic buildings like old churches, cathedrals and castle type buildings made from stone will require restoration and maintenance. These types of restoration projects on listed buildings will require a large amount of attention to detail and use of specialist stonework techniques.
Repairs to old places of worship may need many different stone-masonry skills, including stone restoration, stone reuse, stone replacement, stone carving and lime repointing.
Pro point-uk have a wide range of experience and expertise in stone repairs for churches, cathedrals and old buildings. This makes us one of the UK’s top choice contractors for stonemasonry restoration.
Common Church and Cathedral Stonework Issues
If you are a church/cathedral property managers or owner, you should look out for the following:
- Check the joints between you properties stonework. Make sure that stone pieces (such as skew coping stones, window cills, wall copes etc.) have are pointed with strong lime mortar. If the lime mortar is compremised, water will get into the building or structure and can cause a large amount of damage.
- Regularly check the tracery window details found within arches. They often hold priceless stained glass windows, so it’s important that these are maintained and kept strong so that the glass is kept stable. Strong winds can cause a rocking motion on the glass that also effects the details, often crushing the lime mortar in the stone joints, compounding the masonry stability problem. Make sure you look out for snapped transoms (the horizontal stone pieces) and damaged mortar in the joints.
- Look out for holes! Make sure all holes in the masonry are filled as quickly as possible. Typically, churches and Cathedrals are well over a hundred years old. Most of the original lime mortar will have perished and this can cause holes to appear. If left, these holes can progress into much bigger issues.
If you have any of the above issues, contact us today. We would be happy to discuss your concerns and offer a free consultation. We can give you an honest appraisal of any required stone restoration or repairs on your church or cathedral.