Architectural terra cotta is a common 20th century building material found in many urban areas throughout the United States. Terra cotta’s use in varied climates, its special material characteristics, its integration with a building’s structural systems, and the fact the many terra cotta buildings have been in service for more than 100 years, makes terra cotta repair and restoration different than that of other cladding materials.
Like any masonry building material, terra cotta installations are subject to water infiltration and freeze thaw damage, so terra cotta restoration must address expected unit spalling and cracking repairs and masonry joint damage. Because terra cotta designers so frequently make use of polychrome units and glazes, terra cotta restoration contractors must be prepared to restore a wide range of colors and finishes. Basic Brothers union workers provide these important services.