Pittsburgh Masonry Contractors
Reviews for Pittsburgh Masonry Contractors
this day and age, I appreciate this small courtesy. The company was very accommodating to my schedule, as I had scheduled vacation time so that I could be
The short story is that I purchased a home over a year ago that was built in the early 1950’s. I concluded that the previous owner(s) had not had this type of maintenance done since the house was built. As a result, the mortar around the window sills had significantly deteriorated and/or washed away. There were also several noticeable cracks in
the outside brick wall due to the lintels expanding, contracting, and rusting away. Mr.
the mortar, removed the bricks, chiseled away the old mortar from the bricks, replaced the old rusted lintels with new ones, and then put the bricks back in place with new mortar. His crew also added mortar to several spots to seal some long cracks in the brick work. They also did some work on the chimney to add new mortar to several places where it had deteriorated on the chimney as well. This was a two day job, as I had this work done to nine windows, three walls, and one side door. After all the work was done, they came back on the third day to wash down the areas where they worked with detergent to wash away some stains and a good bit of dust.
I considered this a positive experience. The crew came to work exactly when they said they would, did exactly what I agreed to in the estimate. They also removed and hauled they need to work around two windows and a door. The
crew was able to get to several second story windows without much of a problem. They also addressed some issues
with a garage wall even though I had specifically said to leave the wall as it is, because I was considering having the window removed and a door placed in the wall at some point in the future. I would also like to comment that they did a decent job of cleaning up all of the areas outside where they had been working.
My only negatives were that they did not put several shutters that were taken down back up as securely as I thought they
should have. I went back and did this myself so that the shutters were secured to my satisfaction. I also noticed after the crew had left that there was a larger gap between the side door and the brick and mortar of the outside wall than there had been previously. In some sections this gap was roughly1/4 of an inch and big enough for bugs to get into and nest. Again, I made the decision to address this issue myself with the caulking/mortar sealant from the hardware store to close off these gaps. I want to be clear, that since the final bill came to the exact amount of the estimate, I choose to address these issues myself. I concluded that these issues were outside the normal scope of a brick mason and probably outside their normal duties. Since they did some extra work on the garage wall, I figured this was a break even situation.