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Parging + Brick Replacement

Fantastic work and customer service! I had a problem with water seeping into the basement wall and A & A fixed my problem quickly and at an affordable price.

They didn't try to talk me into more expensive work, only what was necessary and they did little extras to go beyond that Joe seems to be a perfectionist so the new brickwork and parging looks just great! Thanks guys!!

BrickWork, Cement Block & Parging Repair

Work done according to estimate and price quotation. Dwight and his partner completed the job in a timely manner.

We'll see you on the next job.

Would recommend based on this first experience.

Winston Ang from Toronto
Foundation Parging
Foundation Parging
Treated with SurGuard® Coating
Treated with SurGuard® Coating
Treated with SurGuard® Coating


Parging is a way to apply a smooth surface to a masonry wall.

It is used to apply a smooth surface to the exterior of a concrete foundation so that a waterproofing compound can be applied more easily.

Parging is also frequently used to cover up deteriorating masonry on the outsides of buildings or to provide a smooth surface for the application of new finishes on the inside and outside of a building.

Older Toronto parged walls begin to deteriorate. They show many cracks, and a part of the outer layer starts falling off. At this point, the old parging is fully removed and redone which gives your building or home a brand new look.

Parging in Toronto, sometimes but not very often, is used in new construction to artificially age a building. This is usually done in movies props etc.

The material used is mortar or Portland-cement based and is applied with a trowel, usually in several thin coats, directly over the masonry that it repairs or conceals. One should never put it over deteriorating bricks as the bricks will not hold the layers of mortar very well as the bricks will continue to deteriorate beneath. Always repair the wall then parge over the repaired wall.

Stucco can have a similar appearance or it may have a textured or decorative appearance.

Parging is commonly used at the bottom of a brick wall, your foundation, to protect the most vulnerable part of a home or building from water and snow. This is accomplished by applying a special type of cement to create a smooth flat surface on your home or buildings foundation.

Parging is also used on exterior house walls and even on chimney’s to give your house a very smooth and classic look. Parged walls can also be painted.

Parging Toronto
Parged Wall

Foundation Repair Parging

Parging is commonly used at the bottom of a brick wall to protect the most vulnerable part of a building from water and snow. This is accomplished by applying a special type of cement to create a smooth flat surface. This is called foundation Parging as it protects moisture from getting into the found of your home.

Why is maintaining your foundation parging necessary?

If you don’t keep up with the parging, water can get stuck between the wall and the coating, which can easily cause more damage, like spalling, where the concrete becomes flaky, pitted, or broken. If the parging can be fixed at all, it can be expensive, stressful, and take a long time.

If you live in an area prone to flooding, hire a professional to repair or replace your foundation parging. Don’t take chances with nature!

Parging also makes your home more energy efficient by sealing holes and leaks in your concrete walls.

So If you take care of and maintain your home’s parging, you won’t have to worry about needless and expensive repairs.

Parging Repair – How Often?

This is a good question because there are some variables in the answer, and they are:

  • Understanding the level of exposure your foundation or other parged area has to the weather is key. The more exposed, the more vigilant you need to be about maintaining your parging. Was the original parging job done correctly? In other words, was the surface well prepared before the parging was applied?
  • Was the parging mixed properly? You have to have the proper mix of water, sand, and cement, or you will end up with a very inferior job that just won’t last.

The freezing and thawing cycle in Toronto’s winters can affect parging to a certain degree if it is not treated.

Parging Perfected: Partner with SurGuard

SurGuard® Acrylic Coating utilizes the most stable, inorganic components and pigments to ensure total weatherability and permanence of colour. It repels rain, sleet and snow and virtually eliminates vulnerability to the elements.

SurGuard® Acrylic Coating offers unparalleled durability and longevity, all while adding a vibrant splash of colour to enhance your home’s curb appeal.

Here are the advantages:

  • 100% Acrylic Composition: Acrylic coatings are known for their excellent adhesion properties. This means that when applied to a foundation parge coat, SurGuard® would bond strongly, reducing the chances of peeling or flaking.
  • Heavy-build Coating: A “heavy-build” indicates that the coating is thick and robust. This would provide a layer of protection to the foundation, shielding the parge coat from physical damages like scrapes or minor impacts.
  • Breathability: One of the challenges with coatings is that while they need to repel water, they also need to allow the foundation to “breathe. “If moisture from inside the foundation can’t escape, it can lead to mould growth or deterioration of the foundation material. SurGuard® being breathable ensures that trapped moisture can evaporate, reducing potential damage.
  • Water-repellent: This is a crucial feature for any foundation protection. By repelling water, SurGuard® ensures that rain, sleet, and snow don’t penetrate the foundation. This reduces the risk of water damage, freeze-thaw cycle issues, and potential structural problems.
  • Stable, Inorganic Components: Inorganic materials are generally more environmentally resistant. They don’t break down as quickly when exposed to UV rays, temperature fluctuations, or other weather conditions. This means that the protective qualities of SurGuard® would last longer.
  • Permanent Pigments: Using stable and inorganic pigments ensures that the colour of the coating won’t fade over time. This not only maintains the aesthetic appeal of the foundation but also ensures that the protective properties of the pigments (like UV resistance) remain effective.
  • Total Weatherability: This suggests that SurGuard® is designed to handle various weather conditions, from intense sun to heavy rain or snow. Such resilience ensures that the foundation remains protected year-round.
  • Eliminates Vulnerability to Elements: Given its features, SurGuard® would provide a shield against various environmental factors that typically degrade parging. This includes UV rays, moisture, temperature changes, and more.