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GJ MacRae Foundation Repair

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

Brick Restoration and Parging Repair Services in Toronto

GJ MacRae Foundation Repair is an award winning second generation family run Basement Waterproofing, Foundation Repair and Underpinning company serving the Greater Toronto Area.

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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:

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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.

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Drainage!

Maintain your eavestrough and downspouts year-round; ensure your grade is positively pitched away from foundation walls.

Why Choose GJ MacRace Foundation Repair?

GJ MacRae is a specialist when it comes to brickwork restoration. Our highly skilled and experienced restoration team has carried out hundreds of restoration projects over the years. Our attention to detail helps us deliver identical end results to your original brickwork. We only use premium materials and modern techniques aligned with our old-school restoration approach in our services. As a family-owned and operated business, we greatly value quality service and customer satisfaction.

GJ MacRae was established in 1975 and has been serving Toronto, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Hamilton, Georgetown and surrounding areas. Our quality work has garnered us thousands of positive reviews across sites like Homestars, HGTV and Google Guaranteed. We provide services like basement waterproofing, structural foundation repair, French drain installation, weeping tile system installation, sump pump installation, underpinning, window wells installation, and a complete structural foundation repair service.

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A Word from Our Customers

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.
John Prostran
John Prostran
2023-10-10
Very happy with the work done by the GJ Macrae team. Recommend them to anyone for the quality of their work and the amazing warranty, that provides a piece of mind, that they have.
Jane Ingman
Jane Ingman
2023-10-04
Everything went smoothly with the work we had down by GJ MacRae. Our issues included masonry stair repair, foundation cracks and parging that badly needed replacement. The resulting process was a look that exceeded how the house looked when it was first built. The quoting process and communication with Dean was very professional and timely. The onsite crew was very tidy and quick. I would not hesitate to recommend!
Jay Murray
Jay Murray
2023-09-15
Our window well was backing up. The crew came in hand dug down over 8 feet. They put in proper drainage and moisture protective membrane the area. Filled everything back in and made it look better than it was. 100% recommend using them again. Thanks you for all the work
John T
John T
2023-09-01
Gavin and his team were able to sort out a couple of VERY strange basement leaks after a renovation by others. Their detective work took into account the odd symptoms and they were able to resolve the issues permanently at a reasonable price. The cleanup afterwards was excellent – an important feature for us – as it demonstrates the overall workmanship. You may need to wait a fair amount of time for a response to emails if your issue is non-urgent / small job.

Restore the Brickwork: Resurrect the Original Beauty

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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Our Service Areas

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 is the technique of preventing water from entering a building or home’s basement or crawl space. It is crucial because structural issues, mold development, and health risks can result from water damage.
Heavy rain or snow, poor grading, blocked gutters or downspouts, foundation fractures, and plumbing leaks are some of the typical causes of basement water damage.
Mold development, musty smells, moist walls or flooring, water stains, and mold are all indicators of a wet basement. If you see any of these symptoms, your basement may require waterproofing.
French drain installation, interior waterproofing, and external waterproofing are a few techniques that may be used to waterproof a basement. Exterior waterproofing entails placing a waterproof membrane on the outside of the foundation walls, and interior waterproofing entails building a drainage system and sump pump inside the basement. In order to move water away from the home, French drain installation entails constructing a perforated pipe around the foundation perimeter.
Despite the fact that there are some DIY basement waterproofing kits on the market, it is often advised that you employ a professional to make sure the job is done correctly and to 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 with a specialist.
Depending on the contractor, different waterproofing services may come with 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.