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GJ MacRae Foundation Repair

The Original Wetbasements Experts – Since 1975
THE GTA'S HIGHEST RATED

Brick Restoration and Parging Repair Services in Toronto

Are you looking for flawless brick restoration and expert parging repair? Trust GJ MacRae’s masonry experience.

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Brickwork and Parging: Restore the Beauty

Brickwork is a piece of art that can enhance your home’s beauty. Bricks are “Beauty and the Beast” in one. Beast because they are strong building materials that can last for centuries, and beauty because they look beautiful and elevate the appearance of your house. Occasional upkeeping of your brick walls can work wonders and maintain the beauty of your home. New contractors just like to use modern building materials without keeping in mind the beauty aspects of these period properties. Houses made in the Victorian, Edwardian and Georgian eras had impressive brick facades, and the restoration must be the same as the original. These buildings could breathe because of their brick architecture and this is one of the main reasons for their health and longevity. Using the correct repointing can assist in stabilising the walls of the structure and enhance the visual qualities of brick walls.

One of the most common problems of these old buildings is the flaking bricks and spalling stones. Repointing these walls with modern materials like cement mortar mixture causes the walls to trap moisture inside them and causes damp wall problems. The repointing should be carried out using lime mortar( Natural Hydraulic lime). These work best for old buildings where brick restoration and stonework are needed. Lime mortar is a flexible material, and minor cracks over the years can self-heal. If you have an old home which needs brickwork and parging repairs, contact GJ MacRae foundation repair. We repair your home and also restore the original look.

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Brickwork Restoration Experts in Toronto

GJ MacRae is a complete basement waterproofing and foundation repair company in Toronto. We love to take on heritage projects requiring specialist brickwork repair elements. We love to restore old buildings to their former glory. At a time when cutting corners is the norm in home building, knowing what materials and techniques that are needed to restore an arched doorway, for example, is becoming a lost art. But GJ MacRae is rooted in old-school building techniques. We have carried out hundreds of jobs related to the brickwork restoration of old buildings. Our main priority is to restore the original look of the building while also strengthening the walls. We use Natural hydraulic lime mortar that provides strength and flexibility to the structure.

Having worked on hundreds of different restoration projects in the course of 48 years, we can carry out your project with all the experience that we have accumulated. GJ MacRae, the best brick restoration company in Toronto, is the right team for your brickwork restoration project.

The GJ MacRae Brick Restoration Process

GJ MacRae takes every project seriously and puts in years of experience and skills while performing any job. We know the importance of originality in these homes. We like integrating our old-school techniques with modern approaches to maintain the original beauty and strengthen the structure. Our team arrives at your site and thoroughly evaluates your brickwork. The current condition of bricks and mortar is assessed, and issues and damages are noted down. The original structure of the brickwork is closely studied to deliver similar results after restoration.

We then proceed to clean the bricks. Bricks accumulate dirt, dust and other contaminants over time that need cleaning. Now after the surface is cleaned, we prepare the mortar mixture. We have already mentioned how we used natural hydraulic lime mortar mixtures. Over time the old mortar mixture starts deteriorating and needs repair. We then use the lime mortar mixture to repair and replace the mortar joints and ensure proper bonding between the bricks.

We then perform tuckpointing and joint restoration on the bricks. We remove the old mortar mixture and replace it with fresh lime mortar mixture. This helps to give a clean and uniform appearance to the brick structure. Also, the structural integrity of the brickwork is highly enhanced by this. If we find any cracked, damaged or missing bricks, we replace them with matching bricks. Remember, restoring the original look is the goal for us. We use a replacement brick with consistent colour, texture and size to blend in with the old bricks. This creates a seamless integration and helps maintain the structure’s visual consistency. This is how we perform brickwork restoration for your home.

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5 Step Repair Process:

01

Scope of Work

What is causing the foundation walls to settle, crack, bow or lose their integrity? What are we expecting to achieve from a repair?

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The Robust Choice

Many repair methodologies exist, but one chance is often all you have. Choose the most experienced contractors in the business.

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Remedy For The Future

Basement waterproofing is amongst the most expensive repairs a homeowner can undertake; oftentimes there is only one chance to get it right!

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Cost Vs Workmanship

With dozens of contractors out there, be sure you are getting what you pay for. Beware of the recently saturated marketplace.

05

Drainage!

Maintain your eavestrough and downspouts year-round; ensure your grade is positively pitched away from foundation walls.
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Some Kind Words From Our Customers

Anthony Brown
Anthony Brown
2024-04-18
We had a leak from two sources in our furnace room, that occurred after a moderate to heavy rainfall. We hired GJ Macrae to excavate by the outside wall, repair the cracks and protect the wall with a membrane and mesh. Part of the trench had to be dug by hand, due to a gas line, and part could be done by machine. The GJ Macrae team were all very skilled and professional, and completed the job in three days. Now the trench has been refilled with the earth and gravel and it will take some time for the ground to settle. We have had a few heavy rains since the job was completed, and our basement is now completely dry! We highly recommend GJ Macrae!
Robert Sraka
Robert Sraka
2024-03-19
From our initial discussion with Dean through to the completion of the project I was most impressed with knowledge and professionalism. We had foundation damage from a tree root and they took the time to explain what was required and the steps involved in rectifying the situation. I highly recommend GJ MacRae for any foundation work you may need.
Wendy M
Wendy M
2024-03-13
The extremely labour-intensive work done on our heritage home basement by the staff at GJ MacRae was nothing but impressive! They handled it all with great care, attention and finesse every step of the way. Thank you!
Lisa Nicholson
Lisa Nicholson
2024-03-09
Our experience with Gavin went very well. We are very pleased with the quality of work that was done. They did an excellent job repairing the leaks and the cleanup was great too. Gavin was a pleasure to deal with. He was very professional and pleasant. We highly recommend this company.
Stephanie Williams
Stephanie Williams
2024-02-29
Honest, courteous, thorough, professional, reliable, on-time, clean and trustworthy. Solved our home’s basement water concerns caused from living on the flood plain (water table). Would definitely recommend GJMacRae Ltd as the company to fix your wet basement. Dean and his crew’s attention to detail solved the various challenges of our 91 year old home.
Maria Aleman
Maria Aleman
2024-02-05
Dean, came out right away after we noticed water in our basement and provided an estimate. Communication with him was easy and he answered all my questions. Work was done within the week. I had a great experience and will recommend to others.
Jakob Backstrom
Jakob Backstrom
2023-11-17
Gavin and his team did a great job. Right from quoting the job I had confidence they can do the job well and had the experience. Great videos on their website really help you understand what’s involved in foundation repair.
Bob
Bob
2023-11-15
Job was done in 2 days which I was amazed it could be done that quickly! That’s a lot of pails of concrete and rock that had to be shuttled in and out of the house! The guys were all very friendly and let me know everything that was being done and answered all my questions! The bowed wall looks solidly supported now with carbon fibre strapping and the water found beneath the floor is now being safely routed through newly installed Plastic Weeper to our sump. We now have peace of mind that we can finish the basement with no leaks or crumbling walls! Thankyou Gavin, Maggi, Ricardo and Jay!
Debra Gold
Debra Gold
2023-10-16
We would like to express our gratitude to G.J. McRae for the exceptional job they did in restoring our peace of mind. Every time it rained or snowed, our basement would leak, causing us great distress. However, the crew from G.J. McRae arrived promptly, worked diligently, and efficiently resolved the issue. They even left our backyard in excellent condition, cleaning up after themselves. We cannot thank you enough for the outstanding service and for making us feel confident that the problem is now completely resolved. We are so happy to be able to not worry about this any longer.
Tricia LaDouceur
Tricia LaDouceur
2023-10-16
Workers were on time and professional. Quality and value for money. My only issue was the concrete poured was a little uneven causing a small lip near the drain. We managed to smooth it out. Would highly recommend GJ MacRae Foundation Repair.
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Brickwork is beautiful and gives that classic look. But over the years, brickwork structures go through sun and water cycles and can lose their original charm. GJ MacRae Foundation Repairs presents you with brickwork restoration and parging services to resurrect the original beauty of your home.

If you need brickwork restoration services, make sure to give us a call. Our team will inspect your current situation and provide an ideal restoration solution for your property. Feel free to contact us at (905) 824-2557 or fill out the form below.

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At GJ MacRae, we take pride in extending our services across the GTA to meet our valued customers’ unique needs, and our dedicated team is committed to delivering top-notch solutions all year long. Our expansive service areas are a testament to our unwavering commitment to the highest quality foundation repair services and customer satisfaction in the GTA.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Waterproofing a basement prevents water from entering a building or home’s basement foundation wall or crawl space. It is crucial because water damage can result from structural issues, mold development, and health risks.

Heavy rain or snow, poor grading, blocked gutters or downspouts, foundation cracks, and hydrostatic pressure are typical causes of basement water damage.

Mold development, musty smells, moist walls or flooring, water stains, water pooling, and mold indicate a wet basement. If you see any of these symptoms, your basement may require waterproofing.

Interior and exterior waterproofing are the primary repair techniques that may be used during foundation repair. Exterior waterproofing entails placing a rubberized membrane on the outside of the foundation walls, and interior waterproofing entails installing a drainage system and sump pump inside the basement. To move water away from the home, exterior French drain installations may entail constructing a perforated pipe around the foundation perimeter.

Even though there are some DIY basement waterproofing kits on the market, it is often advised that you employ a professional to ensure the job is done correctly and prevent any potential mistakes that might lead to more water damage.

The basement’s size, condition, and waterproofing technique can all affect how long and how much it will cost to waterproof a basement. If you want a more precise estimate, it is advisable to contact a specialist.

Depending on the contractor, different waterproofing services may have a warranty or guarantee. When choosing a contractor, it’s crucial to inquire about warranties or guarantees and to check the fine print before signing any contracts.

Yes, by preventing possible water damage and mold development, which may be expensive to fix, basement waterproofing can raise the value of your property.

Expert Waterproofing Services for Your Home

GJ MacRae Foundation Repair has been the industry leader for reliable basement waterproofing in the Greater Toronto Area Since 1975. Nearly five decades of experience inform our proven multi-stage repair process based on below-grade drainage considerations that allow us to waterproof concrete blocks, poured walls, and stone rubble foundation walls properly for the long term. Our repair solutions for leaking foundation cracks include using bitumen-based barrier membranes and high-efficiency weeping tile systems, which give us the edge in reliability and allow for the most robust foundation repair warranty available today in the GTA. Experience the GJ MacRae difference for year-round basement leak repairs in Toronto, Oakville, Mississauga, Burlington, Hamilton, Milton, and Georgetown. If you spot cracked foundation walls, leaky foundations, or any other basement waterproofing issues in your house, reach out and call us today at (905) 824-2557.

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