Patch or Indent? Deciding Stone Repair Method on Sandstone Monument

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Sandstone Tympanum Soffit showing some deterioration due to weather/ pollution.

When looking to restore a stone monument or structure that is aging and in need of repair, one must assess several key factors.

First and foremost is public safety. The sandstone soffit face shows that this is still quite a sizeable stone.  In saying this, you can see the visible exfoliation underneath from water damage. The outermost edge also looks quite thin so in this case it would be wise to indent stone.

Other cases may not be so risky and you will be able to patch with mortar repair. You can expect a good lime-based mortar patch to last quite a long time. Obviously, just not as long as replacement with new stone.

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