September 26, 2017 — Glen Oak Towers is a housing building in Peoria, Illinois, that was originally constructed in 1954. The 15-story masonry structure and its attached 40-space parking garage were showing signs of deterioration and corrosion of the concrete surfaces, as well as weathering from salts and deicers brought into the garage from outside vehicles. Western Specialty Contractors’ Springfield, Illinois, branch recently completed restoration of both structures, as two separate projects.
Typically used for new construction and repairs, Sakrete Type S Mortar Mix is a contractor-grade mortar mix. It’s a smooth blend of sand and masonry cement or sand, lime and portland cement depending on your geography. Sakrete Type S Mortar Mix is for the laying of brick, block and stone in load-bearing walls and construction below grade.
All matter breaks down over time. The structures that surround us today are no exception to that law of physics. Some building materials are more durable than others, but unfortunately the days of structures surviving thousands of years, like the Egyptian pyramids and Roman cathedrals, is over. Most of the structures erected today have a life expectancy of less than 100 years. Therefore, preventive maintenance of building exteriors has become more important than ever.