Selected Reading on Concrete Restoration and Cleaning

Procedure code:
370001R
Source:
Preservation Technology Source Book
Division:
Concrete
Section:
Concrete Restoration & Cleaning
Last Modified:
08/05/2016

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  • ACI Committee 224. "Causes, Evaluation and Repair of Cracks in Concrete Structures." American Concrete Institute, March 2007.

  • Addleson, Lyall. Building Failures: A Guide to Diagnosis, Remedy and Prevention. 3rd ed. London: Butterworth Architecture, 1992.

  • Association for Preservation Technology. "Historic Concrete: Investigation and Repair." APT Pre-conference training course, APT Annual Meeting, Chicago, September 4-6, 1989.

  • Bleekman, George M. Twentieth Century Building Materials: 1900-1950: An Annotated Bibliography. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Park Service, Preservation Assistance Division, 1993.

  • Carosino, Catherine. Historic Masonry Deterioration and Repair Techniques: An Annotated Bibliography. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Park Service, Preservation Assistance Division, 1993.

  • Cowden, Adrienne Beaudet. Historic Concrete: An Annotated Bibliography. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Park Service, Preservation Assistance Division, 1993.

  • Emmons, Peter H. Concrete Repair and Maintenance Illustrated: Problem Analysis; Repair Strategy; Techniques. Kingston, MA: R.S. Means Company, 1993.

  • Identifying Cracks in Slabs". Concrete Construction. Web. July 31, 2014.

  • McKee, Harley J. Introduction to Early American Masonry: Stone, Brick, Mortar and Plaster. Washington, D.C.: National Trust for Historic Preservation and Columbia University, 1973, 2-92.

  • Milner, John D. "The Use of Stucco and the Preservation of Mortar, Plaster/Stucco and Concrete." Preservation and Conservation: Principles and Practices. Proceedings of the North American International Regional Conference, 1972. Washington, D.C.: The Preservation Press, 1976, 177-189.

  • Ramsey, Charles G. and Harold R. Sleeper, eds. Traditional Details for Building Restoration, Renovation, and Rehabilitation: From the 1932-1951 Editions of Architectural Graphic Standards. New York: Wiley, 1998.

  • Sayre, Edward V. "Deterioration and Restoration of Plaster, Concrete and Mortar." Preservation and Conservation: Principles and Practices, 191-201. Washington, D.C.: Preservation Press, 1976.

  • "Types and Causes of Concrete Deterioration." PCA Serial No. 2617, Portland Cement Association, 2002.

  • Weaver, Martin E. Conserving Buildings: Guide to Techniques and Materials. New York: Wiley, 1997.

Last Reviewed: 2017-08-13