December last year was the coldest we have seen since 1890, and we may see more of the white stuff yet before the winter is out.
But while many people enjoy the cold, bright conditions that snow brings with it, the problems once the ice melts heralds more than just potholes and piles of uncollected household rubbish.
Because the freeze-thaw cycle of ice melting, then overnight again turning to ice, causes thousands of pounds worth of damage to our buildings. Stone, with its natural seams, is especially problematic, the expansion/contraction cycle of water trapped within often causing pieces to break or spall off the material, leaving behind unsightly cracks and areas where quite sizable chunks have broken off completely, which you really just don’t want if you’re trying, for example, to sell your home or make it appealing for rental.
The question, then, is how to deal with the damage – the cost of digging out a damaged quoin stone, cill or lintel, and then replacing it, is prohibitively expensive. Leaving many people thinking that they have no choice but to simply live with the unsightly scars.
But this should not be the case at all, because if you called in #plastic surgeon, which has being repairing stone for over 20 years, then you would be left with a repair bill, rather than one involving the excavation of the #damaged stone, the cost of its replacement and then its reinstatement – in a colour that you can’t be sure will match the original.
Indeed, Plastic Surgeon has recently developed a new stone repair system, which involves two stages whereby in the first part of the process, our finishers use a new filler which is significantly stronger than previous products. This results in better adhesion, but significantly, it can be used in inclement conditions, on wet as well as damp stones. Thus meaning that work does not stop, even in the worst of British weather.
The second half of the repair involves the application of the final coating, which our operatives hand mix to ensure the best possible texture and colour match to the surrounding surface – often leaving the restored stone looking better than it did originally.
The cold, damp British weather also causes mould, rot and discolouration to stone, bricks and blocks, which we at Plastic Surgeon can also repair effectively using a number of techniques. These involve the above repair system, tinting and jet washing (great for removing graffiti), all of which are done in-situ to further keep the costs down for you, the customer.