Masonry Arches constructed in Stone or Brick are incorporated into many types of buildings and structures Protectahome deal with.
A Masonry Arch works by transferring its load to abutments either side. If for any reason these abutments prove to be inadequate or suffer from structural movement, cracks will often occur around and through the Masonry Arch. This sort of cracking is particularly common close to the corners of buildings.
Structural movement in buildings can be the result of many different factors acting either in isolation or having a combined effect.
Masonry Arches constructed in Stone or Brick commonly act as a Lintel supporting the weight of the structure above, as well as providing a decorative feature. Structural movement is not readily accommodated by Masonry Arches and in the event of outward movement of the abutments, cracking commonly occurs.
Other age related factors can be significant contributors to defects with Masonry Arches. Deterioration of materials due to the effects of chemical attack, frost damage, vibration, vegetation and exposure to rainwater penetration can lead to weakening of the structure and ultimately collapse if not addressed in a timely manner.
Protectahome have a comprehensive range of Arch Repair strategies available which may include the formation of Masonry Beams, Consolidation, Anchoring, Crack Stitching, Pinning and Traditional Repairs. We also offer a comprehensive service for the Repair, Restoration and Upgrading of Masonry Arch Bridges.
Please see our Case Studies Page for more information on Structural Repairs by Protectahome Ltd or alternatively Contact us on 0845 601 1980. For more information on Masonry Reinforcement Systems please see our pages in the Cintec and Helifix areas of this site.