Restoring Brick with Sandblasting

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Key Points

Learn why professional sandblasting is safe to clean brick


Many architects/engineers prefer sandblast cleaning over conventional wet (acid) cleaning because of possible adverse acid reactions with certain types of brick. Other designers are reluctant to permit sandblast cleaning for fear the blasting will erode the face of the brick and mortar joints.

Sandblast operators can be compared with other construction tradesmen: some are artisans and others are incompetent. However, with a qualified operator like A&J Ecoblasting, proper specifications, and good job inspection, sandblast cleaning is superior in many ways.

About Bricks

Bricks are made from clay. Their natural composition gives them a classic earthy finish and makes them strong and durable. Brick structures, with proper care, often outlast those made out of wood, cement, and other materials. Some brick structures date as far back as several centuries.

Over time, brick structures start to show signs of wear and tear due to exposure to extreme temperature and moisture. The bricks take on a dull finish, and the mortar may begin to crumble. The best way to handle this problem is to clean and fix the old and broken bricks. Brick restoration is also a sure way of increasing the value of a piece of property.

While A&J doesn’t repair brick, we can blast away the years of dirt and mildew build-up, giving new life to your brick surfaces.

Repainting Painted Bricks

If the brickwork has been previously painted, one must carefully examine the paint before doing anything to it. Using paint can cause bricks and mortar to retain moisture. This could also cause damage to the brick, especially if the moisture freezes.

If you choose to repaint the brickwork, it is best to remove the old paint first. A&J Ecoblasting can remove old paint to prime the surface for a new paint job.

Brick Cleaning

Over time, brickwork may become stained by graffiti, oil, or paint. Weeds and other plants and algae may even begin to grow on their surface. This could make the bricks look dirty and unattractive. Thus, they would need to be cleaned.

The process of brick cleaning may be a bit tedious and time-consuming. Also, you need to have the right equipment to ensure a job well done.

If you lack the necessary skills and equipment needed to DIY, then you need to hire professional services like A&J. Do not bumble your way through as you could cause irreparable damage to the structure.

Learn why you need a professional ecoblaster

Call A&J Ecoblasting to clean up your dirty or graffitied brick surfaces!

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