Renaissance Development is Washington DC’s leading masonry contractor specializing in tuckpointing – brick mortar repair using historically appropriate and traditional methods and materials – for lasting brick facade and chimney repair.
Renaissance Development is most often seen tuckpointing exterior facades in Washington DC’s (and Old Town Alexandria’s) oldest neighborhoods. What is less visible from the street is the interior tuckpointing work that we also provide for residential, institutional, and commercial customers. If you plan to expose a brick wall, Renaissance Development can make sure it is properly reinforced and sealed for many years of beauty and historic good looks.
Our service area includes the historic neighborhoods of Capitol Hill, Georgetown, Dupont Circle, Shaw, Logan Circle, Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, and other DC areas as well as Old Town Alexandria, VA.
We are experts in brick restoration and preservation for historic DC homes, schools/institutions, and commercial properties. We skillfully combine the use of historically accurate materials and methods to restore and preserve the aesthetic and integrity of centuries old buildings. All of the services provided by Renaissance Development LLC increase a property’s value and ensure that it will last for decades and generations to come.
Washington’s historic houses were constructed of clay bricks assembled with lime mortar. After decades of exposure, the mortar joints between the bricks begin to fail. Makeshift repairs are often made with cement, which is commonly used in new construction but inappropriate for historic buildings. We use specially formulated lime-based mortar—which is low in compressive strength and contains no cement—to tuckpoint (or re-point) brick facades and chimneys. Learn more about Tuckpointing
Brick chimneys in historic buildings will eventually need tuckpointing, too. They are subject to the same deteriorating weather and exposure conditions as the rest of an old brick building and will eventually need help. It is just as important to repair and maintain chimneys with historically specific materials and methods as it is the rest of your building. Learn more about Chimney Repair