By Shadin rahman 20 Jan,2019
If you’re thinking of a brownstone stoop, I know your mind has evoked the classical mages of building in cities like New York. Houses made withbrownstone had the same look where the stoop was designed for people to sit and socialize with the neighbors while their children played nearby.
In today’s modern setting, a small porch with an attached staircase is known as a stoop. Brownstone stoops were made of affordable limestone which usually came with a shade of pink or red-brown.
However, time passed by and the brownstone was affected by harsh weather conditions. The surface developed cracks, the mortar joint could loosen up, and areas of weak disintegration appeared. This had made brownstone restoration in NYC to be of high necessity.
So, are you thinking of getting the renovation done? Here are some tools you’ll need:-
Wire brush, Concrete, Broom, Jointer, Pigmented dye, A bonding agent, Shop vacuum, Painting brush, Eye protectors, Work gloves, Tuck pointer, Once all the tools are ready, you are prepared to start with the renovation.
Cracks and Disintegration
Step 1: Brush the surface (especially the damaged stoop and cracks areas) with a stiff wire brush. This will remove all loose bits, debris, and dust on the brownstone.
Step 2: Mix water and concrete in a bucket following the manufacturer’s instructions. Depending on the color of your brownstone, add pigmentation dye which will brighten up the surface. For a more precise finish, take a damaged brownstone to a contractor who will help you in determining the color match and amount of dye needed for the existing stoop.
Step 3: Using a paint brush, apply an epoxy bonding agent on the disintegrated damaged area or cracked part of the surface.
Step 4: Dip the towel in your cement mixture spreading a layer of tinted concrete on the brownstone area crumbling. Make sure that the tinted concrete you’re building is on the same height as the undamaged surface. Press the tinted concrete area with a towel to be in the same height as the area being renovated. Repeat the current steps till you achieve the desired texture.
Loose Mortar Joints
Step 5: Access the area and remove any loose pieces with hand. For bits inside the mortar, you can use a stiff wire brush. Using a small broom, sweep the debris out of the mortar joint and suck the excess waste and particles using a vacuum cleaner.
Step 6: Mix water and mortar with a bucket adding the appropriate amount of pigment dye. This tint helps in correcting the same color matches.
Step 7: Using a tuck pointer, pick the mortar and fill the joint with the tinted mortar. Pack the mortar continuously until it sits flush on the stoop’s surface.
Step 8: On the finishing part, place a jointer of fresh mortar dragging it along while pressing the mortar to shape and remove excess mortar. These joints come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Repeat the process for all other damages surfaces until the desired texture is achieved.