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Repair Brick Masonry & Stone Masonry

Why Repair Brick or Stone   If you have ever had to repair brick masonry or stone masonry walls then you know how complicated and expensive it can be to do so. […]

Historic Masonry Preservation is an Art

Winston Churchill said, “We shape our buildings; there after our buildings shape us”.  Each building and structure tells an individual story of the past, present, and future. Each building is different and […]

Finding a Quality Building Restoration Specialist

Have you ever struggled to find and select a qualified trustworthy building restoration specialist to restore or maintain your valuable building envelope? I have people every day share horror stories about poor […]

Is Masonry Water Repellent Necessary?

Application of masonry water repellent (also known as masonry sealers or sealers) for exterior masonry facades of buildings is quite common but not always necessary. Most modern buildings made of masonry (such as […]

Chimney Repair Tips and Precautions

Chimney Repair Tips You will find these chimney repair tips and precautions to be helpful. Especially if your chimney has cracked brick or mortar that needs repaired. Chimney Repair work is very […]

Mark Huffer, President – Utmost Renovations

In the year 2000, following a successful career in business and specialty construction, Mark Huffer started Utmost Renovations, a Masonry Contracting company with a passionate emphasis on Building Restoration and Historical Preservation. […]

Tuckpointing Mortar Joints in Masonry

Tuckpointing (also spelled as tuck pointing and/or tuck-pointing), used in Building Restoration, Historical Preservation and other masonry repair projects, is the process of removing old cracked, spalled, or failed mortar in the […]

Caulking and Wet-Sealing, What’s the Difference

As building owners, property managers, maintenance managers and contractors, we need to understand the importance of weather-proofing a building and what the best options are for our particular buildings. Hence, we will […]

A Musty Smell is Nothing to Sneeze at!

Molds are forms of fungi found all year round indoors and outdoors. Mold is found mainly in warm and humid conditions, but can also grow in cold weather. There are thousands of […]

Purchasing New Vinyl Flooring

Newer technology in Vinyl Floors can provide a realistic look, easier maintenance, and a more affordable price than ceramic tile, laminate, or hardwood. There are hundreds of new patterns that have texture […]