The Flight of Doves columbaria below at Turlock Memorial Park didn’t always look this good in recent years.
Whats Going On?
In mid 2018 Turlock Memorial Park reached out to us regarding a restoration job. One of the columbaria on the cemetery grounds had started to succumb to it’s elements. Seamless joints opened up, some of the granite trim cracked. A columbaria put in place in the 1990’s should not have shown this amount of natural wear. We knew we had an unordinary problem.
After taking a look we determined what was happening. This columbaria had a built in planter. The columbaria’s concrete walls were never waterproofed. Concrete, damp soil, and decades of time are not a good combo. With no ability to dry out, the concrete slowly absorbed moisture from the soil. The moisture caused the rebar structure to rust and expand just enough to pop off the granite trim and caps.
Turlock Memorial Park had a clear vision for what they wanted the end result to look like. After some collaboration, ironing out the details, we got to work. First we popped off all the caps and trim.
Second, we able to analyzed what we were up against. Finally we started installing the Dark Grey trim and base.
Meanwhile we scrubbed the columbaria of the nasty calcification build up pictured below.
A lot of elbow grease and hours of craftsmanship later we had a beauty of a finished restoration project.
We cant speak highly enough of our team. Everyone from our internal staff to our stone craftsmen play a paramount role in making sure these projects are held to the highest quality standard and completed in a timely manner. For instance, we went back months after the job was competed to see that the columbaria was still shining bright as could be. Prior to this projects commencement there is no way anyone would have been able to see the little angels reflection on the granite cap below.