Historic Building Architects’ Material Science Laboratory provides material characterization and analysis that not only assists in a remedial and preventive treatment plan tailored to your structure but also provides a better understanding of the architectural element’s original appearance and basic properties.

The Material Science Laboratory provides an analytical service for the interpretation and recommendation of historic building materials and finishes. The Material Science Laboratory has a large range of analytical services for the identification of historic building materials such as mortar and paint. We specialize in the diachronic and synchronic interpretation of paint layers. We also do extensive mortar and stucco analysis for replication purposes, water vapor transmission testing, and salt analysis. All testing and analytical methods comply to the American Society for the Testing of Materials Standards (ASTM) and/or the NORMAL standards.

Material Conservation

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