Steeple Restoration & Church Repair Services in Milwaukee & Madison
Cornerstone Restoration is a trusted source for church steeple repair in Wisconsin. Our concrete & masonry contractors have serviced many churches, repairing foundations, steeples, towers, arches, domes, vaults, facades, parapets, and the list goes on. We appreciate the beauty and importance of church architecture and focus our restoration services on preservation & longevity. We provide free cost estimates on steeple repair and restoration services, get in touch today.
Specialized Church Repair Services for Steeples, Towers, Facades and Foundations
For centuries, churches have inspired and awed civilizations. The intricate details and elaborate steeples continue to influence city skylines today. Churches and cathedrals present a unique repair & maintenance challenge: it takes special equipment and incredible attention to detail to properly restore church roofing, steeples, and windows. Standard masonry crews often don’t have the skill set to repair these impressive structures. At Cornerstone Restoration, steeple renovation and repair is our area of expertise. Our steeplejacks have the experience and equipment to service high church towers effectively.
We can fix your church’s facade, too, from plain Romanesque to fancy Baroque architecture. Whether it’s crumbling brickwork, parts of statues breaking off, or paint chipping, even interior church masonry will be restored by our experts.
Comprehensive Steeplejack Services from Experienced Masons
From the basement foundation to the highest tower point, our steeplejack services include:
- Tuck Pointing
- Stone & Stucco Restoration/Repairs
- Brick Replacement
- Steeple Painting/Repair
- Protective Measures
Our steeplejack methods are a cost-effective solution to the high climbing work which accompanies church repairs. We have the tools and knowledge to handle any sized interior or exterior church repair job.
What is Steeplejack?
A steeplejack is an experienced craftsman who possess specialized training to effectively and safely scale tall church towers and steeples to perform necessary repairs. We use non-intrusive methods, repairing and restoring churches, cathedrals and basilicas throughout Wisconsin.
Steeplejack Service Worthy of Praise
Using a rope and pulley system, similar to what you might find on an old sea ship, our steeplejacks can restore the highest tower and repair decoration atop any steeple.
Other masonry companies may not have the experience or equipment necessary to restore a church or cathedral tower properly. Those attempting such repairs may use invasive, ineffective methods, increasing the cost of restoration, and producing poor results. Make your investment worthwhile by hiring Cornerstone Restoration for high-quality, long term restoration of any church structure.
Church Dome Repair Services
Domes are one of the oldest architectural features of many churches. A domes’ strength comes naturally and enables it to resist extreme weather’s harsh effects—the heavier the structure, the better. Because domes have fewer seams, there is less chance of water penetration. When cracks, leaks, or other structural issues appear, our masonry contractors can repair the damage and preserve the beauty of your dome. We are familiar with old and new dome construction traditions, assuring the highest quality craftsmanship on every project.
There are several techniques used in recreating domes, such as:
- Flattened Conduit – Metal tubes are bent and flattened, and holes drilled at both ends. The process requires frames and other tools as well.
- Tube & Hub – Struts, the outside support braces, join together with a larger diameter pipe at the hub holes.
- Stressed Skin – Metal or fiberglass panels are pinned or riveted together. Beams are not required, but sufficient insulation is to prevent condensation.
- Monolithic – We inflate a weatherproof membrane and spray the interior with polyurethane foam. Steel rebar is then placed on the foam and sprayed with three inches of shotcrete, a concrete spray mix.
Cupola Repair & Restoration
A cupola is a small dome-like structure sitting atop a roof or dome. Initially used for letting in natural light and air, it is mostly used for decoration today. Cupolas are used on bell towers, belvederes, barns, or even by themselves as a lookout. Though small, cupolas still need regular upkeep and repair.
Weather and time affect church structures the most, breaking down the cupola façade. Our cupola restoration experts take care of any roof issues, trim problems, water leakage, and anything else destroying its shape.
Church Architecture Restoration
Traditional church architecture varies greatly depending on when, where, and why the church was built. The most prevalent building materials used are brick and concrete. Besides exteriors, which are often ornate, church interiors often feature architectural details of bygone eras. Arches, domes, and vaults are typical examples of interior church architecture. Like any church structure, these interior elements crack, crumble, and wear. We restore & repair all types of church architecture, both inside and out; including:
- Coping – the covering of a wall
- Pilasters – looks like a pillar coming out of another wall; however, its purpose is purely decorative.
- Mullions – rods commonly made of wood or aluminum which divide a window into two or more parts
- Cusps – pointed projection where two curves meet, typically seen in window arches
- Plinths – solid base on which a statue, pedestal, structure, or monument sits
- Parapets – raised rims of church roof edges.
Make Cornerstone Restoration your first call for church repair & restoration services in Wisconsin!