Deteriorated terra cotta units can pose a high risk and be a fall hazard on many buildings due to the original installation methods and the natural deterioration of the materials. Premier Building Restoration has a wide-range of experience repairing and replacing terra cotta on both low and high-rise buildings.
Terra cotta units are often found on ornamental building details, cornices, water tables, window surrounds, and entire facades of historic structures. With origins as early as 3000 bce, terra cotta experienced a revival in the 19th century, particularly in urban environments like Philadelphia. Though often incorrectly believed to be impervious to the elements, these decorative glazed units can be damaged by water penetration, failure due to faulty design or installation, or deteriorated iron fasteners.