Stone has been the predominant material used for building and artistic purposes for over 5,000 years. Natural weathering of stone is inevitable, so replacement and repair of damaged stone has been practiced ever since to delay the deterioration of buildings, obelisks, temples, sculptures, sarcophagi, and monuments.
Stone conservation encompasses a broad range of specialty treatments aimed to preserve these historic and artistic objects for future generations. Factors such as climate, pollution, and past maintenance treatments influence the level of degradation over time and impact the ability to sustain stone structures, art, and objects into the future.
The fundamental principle of historic stone conservation is to mitigate problems affecting degradation. Conservation treatments should always be applied in a minimally invasive and entirely reversible way, should a better technique become available in the future. A thorough assessment of the damage to the stone and the examination of all possible options should always precede the determination of any specific treatment. New technologies, such as laser ablation, may offer safer, less invasive, and more environmentally friendly approach to stone conservation.
Stone conservation requires a of multidisciplinary approach, involving subject matter experts, skilled masons, artists, and craftspeople. Our team of stone conservation specialists craft and apply mitigating treatments that are guided by stonework techniques and rigorous conservation processes.