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Rooftop Masonry

Updated: Nov 4, 2020

Have you checked out our YouTube channel yet? We give you a front row look at the multiple tasks and processes that go into The O'Rourke building to bring the 19th century property back to functional life.

The roof of the property boasts some impressive views–– 360° of Butte, mountains and sky.

One of those projects was masonry work on the roof. The stone parapet and the decorative pedestals were given some much needed T.L.C. Pargeting, a technique that covers exterior brick with mortar or plaster, was done on the exposed brick. To ensure an even stronger and longer lasting parget, diamond metal mesh was added.

Left: Exposed brick of a pedestal in need of some new pargeting. Right: A new fresh face.

Through pargeting the brick of the pedestals, adding flashing along the parapet and resealing some of the joints of the stone the roof becomes watertight. In a previous journal entry, we discussed removing coal tar from stone (read it here) –– the mason will also be taking on this task. This video is the first of multiple parts so be sure to subscribe so you don't miss a thing.

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