the durable restoration company

Given the full list of historic restoration services Durable offers and the wide range of specialized restoration skills and experience we have in-house, it’s clear how well-equipped we are to restore and preserve your historic structure.

Whether it is a complete restoration of a historically significant building or specific repairs, we can provide you with a thorough expert analysis of your property from one of our in-house Preservationist. Once the project is established, your project would then be in the care of Durable Restoration’s world class Craftsmen.

As traditional Craftsmen, we take pride in restoring historic structures correctly and beautifully. Durable is a general contractor you can count on to work as part of a team with the client, architect and other trade professionals who will get the job done on time and ensure it will last for many generations to come.

The Work We Do

STEEPLES, DOMES, & ROOFS

When it comes to Steeples, Domes and historic roofing restoration and repairs, few have more experience and expertise than our team. Our in-house experts have studied and examined these types of structures, materials and installation techniques throughout the world. We will bring all of this knowledge and passion to you to help ensure your project has the correct assessment to ensure the original look and aesthetics are preserved for many generations to come.

ASSESSMENT & CONSULTING

Our team of knowledgeable historic preservationists offers the ability to create many documents that can aid in the continued preservation of your structure. These include preservation plans, Condition Assessments, Restoration Priority lists and even material and method specifications. We can even create essentially an owner’s manual for the proper site specific techniques of preservation.

HISTORIC BRICK, STONE, & TERRA COTTA

When it comes to historic brick and stone masonry, the mortar utilized is equally important to the integrity of the structure. Our team will test and analyze the mortar used as well as the cause of the deterioration in the stone, terra cotta, or brick, and educate the customer of these causes and determine solutions. Historic materials, specifically mortar and brick from pre 1930 are vastly different than modern materials and necessitate specific knowledge to repair correctly and not cause greater deterioration.

STRUCTURAL STABILIZATION

Preservation of a structure’s stability is the first step in saving the integrity of a historic structure, a solid base is needed to support the architectural elements that contribute to the buildings significance. There are many different techniques our team use in our structural stabilization projects, each tailored to the project at hand. Typically our team of experts includes Engineers who specialize in historic buildings along with historic craftsmen.

close up of damaged mortar alongside all saints episcopal church door
Door Surround made of Hummelstown Brownstone from Hummelstown, PA.
Stone that was delaminating and has been removed to prep for repair.
Deterioration is due to improper coating that was applied 30 years before.
all saints mortar restoration completed and cleaned up
Vapor Permeable (breathable) Mineral Coating will be applied once new patch has been allowed to cure.
New custom stone patch, which has been carved to match the curvature of the detail of the door surround.
New custom stone patch, which has been tooled to match original hand carved details, including original chisel marks.

HISTORIC COATINGS

Many historic structures feature historic coatings. These range from lead paint, oil paint, mineral coatings, thermoseal and/or modern paints. While some coatings can be historically appropriate for the building, sometimes they are the main reason for deterioration and need to be remediated.

HISTORIC HARDSCAPES

When it comes to historic stonework and masonry details, appropriate restoration methods and materials can make the difference between a seamless repair and one that stands out more than the original deterioration. Our team properly utilizes many methods of patching and repairing historic stones which brings the uniqueness of the structure’s details back to its prime.

HISTORIC PLASTER

While the techniques for historic plaster application are remembered by few, our team of artisans ensures the techniques live on well into the future, by having mastered and utilizing the three-coat lime plaster that was used almost exclusively until the end of the 19th century. This technique is unmatched in its historical appropriateness, strength and durability, and is incredibly fire and acoustic resistant.

CEMETERIES & MONUMENTS

By restoring cemeteries and monuments, our team takes on the role protecting and paying homage to the past as these monuments are a remembrance of a person, place, or significant event in history. Our team utilizes appropriate and accepted technologies and methods to clean and restore these memorials so that they may live on for decades to come.

The Work We Do

Steeples, Domes, & Roofs

When it comes to Steeples, Domes and historic roofing restoration and repairs, few have more experience and expertise than our team. Our in-house experts have studied and examined these types of structures, materials and installation techniques throughout the world. We will bring all of this knowledge and passion to you to help ensure your project has the correct assessment to ensure the original look and aesthetics are preserved for many generations to come.

Assessment & Consulting

Our team of knowledgeable historic preservationists offers the ability to create many documents that can aid in the continued preservation of your structure. These include preservation plans, Condition Assessments, Restoration Priority lists and even material and method specifications. We can even create essentially an owner’s manual for the proper site specific techniques of preservation.

Historic Brick, Stone, & Terra Cotta

When it comes to historic brick and stone masonry, the mortar utilized is equally important to the integrity of the structure. Our team will test and analyze the mortar used as well as the cause of the deterioration in the stone, terra cotta, or brick, and educate the customer of these causes and determine solutions. Historic materials, specifically mortar and brick from pre 1930 are vastly different than modern materials and necessitate specific knowledge to repair correctly and not cause greater deterioration.

Structural Stabilization

Preservation of a structure’s stability is the first step in saving the integrity of a historic structure, a solid base is needed to support the architectural elements that contribute to the buildings significance. There are many different techniques our team use in our structural stabilization projects, each tailored to the project at hand. Typically our team of experts includes Engineers who specialize in historic buildings along with historic craftsmen.

Historic Coatings

Many historic structures feature historic coatings. These range from lead paint, oil paint, mineral coatings, thermoseal and/or modern paints. While some coatings can be historically appropriate for the building, sometimes they are the main reason for deterioration and need to be remediated.

Historic Hardscapes

When it comes to historic stonework and masonry details, appropriate restoration methods and materials can make the difference between a seamless repair and one that stands out more than the original deterioration. Our team properly utilizes many methods of patching and repairing historic stones which brings the uniqueness of the structure’s details back to its prime.

Historic Plaster

While the techniques for historic plaster application are remembered by few, our team of artisans ensures the techniques live on well into the future, by having mastered and utilizing the three-coat lime plaster that was used almost exclusively until the end of the 19th century. This technique is unmatched in its historical appropriateness, strength and durability, and is incredibly fire and acoustic resistant.

Cemeteries & Monuments

By restoring cemeteries and monuments, our team takes on the role protecting and paying homage to the past as these monuments are a remembrance of a person, place, or significant event in history. Our team utilizes appropriate and accepted technologies and methods to clean and restore these memorials so that they may live on for decades to come.

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