The Top 5 Masonry Repairs After a Brutal Winter

After another brutally cold, East Coast winter, it’s about time to start getting ready for sunshine(or is it?). Low temperatures like we experienced over the past few months can wreak havoc on your exterior structures. The list of problems never end when you hire the rest: cracks in cement and concrete, loose mortar and stone, cracked stucco, sunken pavers and more. Avoid these pitfalls with Supreme Construction, 25 years of experience and quality for any budget.

So what do we recommend? First thing is an annual check up on your exterior property. For best results, we recommend you do this in mid to late spring, or give us a call. We will fully inspect your exterior masonry and structures for any weather damage at no charge. Let’s get started. Here’s a list of the TOP 5 Masonry repairs needed after a brutal winter:

Cracks in your driveway, sidewalks, walkways, and patio.

Cracks in Your Driveway, Sidewalks, Walkways, and Patio Regardless if it’s made of cement, pavers, stone, marble, or other material, you want to make sure your exterior floors don’t contain any cracks. If the cracks are big enough they can be a tripping point, can cause your basement and foundation to be exposed to excess moisture, and they look awful. Click on the images below to enlarge them.

Cracks in your driveway, sidewalks, walkways, and patio
Cracks in your driveway, sidewalks, walkways, and patio
Cracks in your driveway, sidewalks, walkways, and patio

Loose bricks, stone, and mortar.

Loose bricks, stone, and mortar This was a big one for customers who had their original work done by our competitors. Loose bricks, stones, or mortar are a serious danger, especially for the elderly, or if you have kids. The longer the affected area remains in poor condition, the more likely it becomes that the structure will become instable and prone to – further damage.

Loose bricks, stone, and mortar

Cracked stucco.

Cracked stucco New York City is no stranger to severely cold winters, and blistering, humid summers. Since stucco is a a more fragile masonry material it will be highly likely your stucco has already cracked. Not only is it unsightly, but it can cause water damage to the inner structure of your home, including mold growth, and will increase your home energy bill during those freezing cold nights.

Cracked stucco

Poor drainage.

Poor Drainage Checking your drainage at least once a year is very important to avoid long term, and potentially very costly problems. Outdoors, water shouldn’t sit in puddles, or seep into the foundation of your home at all. Indoors, you want to make sure no water is coming into your basement. Both of these problems can cause the deterioration of your home, and the sooner these problems are addressed, the better.

Poor Drainage
Poor Drainage

Sunken pavers.

Sunken pavers Unlike our competitors, Supreme Construction uses a much stronger solution when it comes to securing your pavers. Sunken pavers can lead to poor drainage on your property, water damage, and may even cause injury. Depending on the finish, some surfaces can be extremely slippery when wet!

Sunken Pavers

It’s no secret that we have freezing winters in the tri-state area. Hire Supreme Construction for all of your masonry and drainage needs, and eliminate your worries. Take advantage of your FREE Estimate & Consultation today. Please contact us with any questions or comments.

What does a cracked driveway look like?

Harsh winter conditions can crack your driveway unexpetedly. Look out for these as you inspect your home exterior.

Cracks in your driveway, sidewalks, walkways, and patio


What does a cracked sidewalk look like?

This is a really good example of what you should look for when you’re inspecting your home exterior. Of course, the degree of the crack may vary from what is shown below, but don’t be fooled by what may seem like a minor crack. Cracks in your paved surfaces will expand, and cause more damage over time.

Cracks in your driveway, sidewalks, walkways, and patio


What does a cracked paver look like?

Although rarer than the last two examples, a cracked paver can still happen in the cold weather conditions we all know and love. These are less prone to enlarging, but should still be fixed as they can become a tripping point, and prevent proper drainage.

Cracks in your driveway, sidewalks, walkways, and patio

What do loose bricks and mortar look like?

If left unrepaired, this common brick problem can cause mold growth, masonry water damage, and poor drainage. Look out for any signs of loose bricks or mortar.

Loose bricks, stone, and mortar

What does cracked stucco look like?

Cracked stucco is a huge problem for home owners because the cracks can enlarge, and get deeper to the point where you see mold forming, or worse causes water damage to your home’s structure. These are common in cold weather wherever you have joins in the wall, window sills, and doorways.

Cracked stucco

What does poor indoor drainage look like?

Once you’ve got a puddle of water in your basement, it’s only going to get worse. Don’t waste any time before getting this checked out. Schedule your FREE Estimate & Consultation with us today!

Poor drainage

What does poor outdoor drainage look like?

Outdoor drainage is just as important as indoor drainage. The best method for finding these bad drainage spots is right after it rains, otherwise the sun will dry everything up leaving problems unnoticed.

Poor drainage

What do sunken pavers look like?

Pavers may sink in for many reasons, but water and cold temperatures can be a main factor. Take a close look at any uneven patches in your pavers, especially near corners, and in the middle of a driveway where you usually park your car. If the original setting of the pavers wasn’t secured, they can shift and cause these sunken spots. This is a quick fix for Supreme Construction, schedule your FREE Estimate & Consultation with us today!

Sunken pavers