Renovating a stone bay window

Some individuals try and improve the appearance of an ageing bay window by painting it….

We strongly advise not to paint the stone as this creates an impermeable and non-porous barrier. This prevents moisture from escaping the building and may be very detrimental to the stone in the long term inflicting it to crumble and delaminate.

In case your bay window has been painted and you at the moment are beginning to see the damaging effects of this or you’re aware that the stone to your bay is changing into unsafe and untidy; it’s possible you’ll be looking at renovating the stonework.

To begin with, you have to to establish the type of stone. This will generally be either a sandstone or limestone many types of every throughout Britain.

Depending on the type of stone there are totally different restore techniques. If the stone is limestone, possibly Portland stone, for example. We might suggest a combination of mortar repairs and piecing in of stone or if required a whole substitute of stone.

A mortar repair for limestone is a lime-primarily based repair mix made to colour match the stone. As soon as the lime mortar is cured its chemical composition is the same as the limestone substrate and therefore behaves much the identical as the limestone.

Piecing in of stone mullion windows involves cutting out damaged areas of the stone and “piecing in” matching stone to the original stone.

Have you ever been attempting to look out a window, but your view was partially blocked by a thick, vertical beam of some sort? It’s frustrating when this occurs, however even more irritating when you don’t know what to call the stupid thing. Well, it’s called a mullion. In window design, a mullion is a vertical divider that breaks aside the opening. Sometimes, thin horizontal dividers within the window are additionally called by this name. Regardless, any window with these options is claimed to be ”mullioned”. Mullioned windows are frequent in practically all forms of Western architecture (and lots of forms of Islamic architecture as well), so you’re more likely to run into them again. At the very least now you recognize what to call them.

nderstanding the mullion’s use requires an understanding of its history. They first appeared interspersed across the medieval world, as folks in Europe and across the Mediterranean tried to search out new methods to let natural air and light into a structure. If you don’t already know how one can build sturdy windows, especially in large buildings, it can be hard. After all, each hole within the wall is part of the construction that isn’t supporting weight.