Sealing Masonry

At McFall Masonry & Construction we offer many services. We install all types of masonry including flagstone, brick, chopped rock, builders rock, countertops, and fabricated stone. Many of these types of natural products can be sealed and at times should be sealed.

We offer repair to brick and mortar to the exterior of your home. We have repaired 100s if not 1000s of homes. There are times that some of these repairs involve the problem of water getting into them. It can drive us crazy at times trying to find the leak! Often the leaks will be around windows and try as we will, the leaks continue even after we have re-pointed or fixed all the mortar, checked and rechecked the caulking around windows, checked for loose bricks, the list goes on, and yet, sometimes the leak continues. It is at this point that we will actually take a clear, industrial strength sealant and apply it to the entire area where the leak is occurring and the problem is gone. This tells us that the leak was actually rain or water from sprinklers was going right through the mortar and probably through a void in the moisture barrier behind the brick and into the home, and sealing the brick took care of the problem!

The sealing of flagstone is sometimes a method to brighten up an area. Most of the time when you have flagstone on a patio, or veneer on an outdoor kitchen, coping around a pool, perhaps inside the home where flagstone was used for a rustic look on countertops or an interior fireplace, or a ranch style home where you have a flagstone floor. Sealing these applications with the correct sealant will help preserve the flagstone so it doesn’t peel or flake away causing problems and changing the look of the product. One more great aspect of sealing the flagstone is that it will bring out the colors of the flagstone. If you already have flagstone at your home, go and spray water on it, notice how different the stone looks, it’s brighter, the colors just pop out at you, making your flagstone more appealing and looking new all the time. The sealant will give your flagstone even nicer look than just getting it wet. At McFall Masonry & Construction we will advise you on the proper sealant to be used.

Another type of sealant that is important but not seen is sealing the back of retaining walls, house foundations, and stone planters. This protects the masonry from the moisture that will rest up against the back of these walls. If moisture stays on the back of these walls it can eventually erode the stone and cause damage. The moisture will, at times, also cause the lime that is in the mortar to re-appear in it’s white powder form on the front of your stone and if not cleaned off will crystallize and stay on your stone, and it’s not very pretty. Sealing the back of these walls will help with prevention.

Pricing

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Sealing of Concrete

      The sealing of masonry and concrete can be a very important aspect of your project- although most customers are not aware of this process, and most do not choose to make this application. Let’s go over a few...

Construction and the Weather

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Mortar Repairs

  At McFall Masonry and Construction, we are involved in all area of masonry and concrete. This includes all uses of rock, whether builders or chopped rock. We are involved in all area of flagstone work- whether it’s for a patio, walkway,...

Concrete Precautions

The pouring of concrete can be a strange thing. Often we may think the pouring of concrete is no big thing. After all, we see construction workers pouring concrete all the time. So, what’s the big deal? At McFall Masonry, we are almost...

Flagstone

Flagstone is a very popular masonry material for many home improvement projects here in North Texas. At McFall Masonry, we have completed hundreds of projects with flagstone. There are many different styles and possibilities: flagstone patios,...

Hardwood Floors

At Mcfall Construction, we are involved with many aspects of home improvement. One of these home improvements is wood flooring. Flooring comes in many types, shapes and sizes. It seems in this part of the construction industry, flooring changes and...

Fire Pits and Fireplaces

At Mcfall Masonry, we have constructed and developed many, many fireplaces and fire pits. Outdoor fireplaces became very popular around 2000, with even outdoor patio areas being somewhat rare before then. For the next decade, McFall Masonry...

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More on Concrete

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It's Time for an Estimate

When receiving an estimate from McFall Masonry, keep in mind you can expect to work with highly experienced tradesman who are able to communicate in fluent English and answer any questions you may have about your project throughout the entire...

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Yes! January is the time to get started on your outdoor home improvements. We often think that the best time of year to get things done is in the spring, or even later in the year, but the time is now. The costly holidays are over, tax returns are...
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