Conservation of sandstone monuments: a new approach in consolidation treatments

Conservation of sandstone monuments: a new approach in consolidation treatments, Ludovico-Marques, M., and Chastre C. , 40th IAHS Word Congress of Housing. Sustainable Housing Construction., 16-19 December, Funchal, Portugal, p.ID 211 (10p), (2014) copy at

Date Presented:

16-19 December


Sandstones are very important in the building elements of world’s historical and cultural heritage. The façades of St. Leonard’s church in Atouguia da Baleia village in western region of Portugal are an outstanding example of the effect of alveolization on going for several centuries. In Middle ages there was an harbour and a sodium chloride rich environment near this church was responsible for this significant stone degradation pattern.
A new approach of consolidating products application on stone walls façades based on Karsten pipe using total head to allow full absorption of stone was followed.
Experimental research, based on physical and mechanical tests, was carried out on selected representative samples of a variety of sandstones on monuments treated with ethyl silicates in order to assess the effectiveness and harmfulness of these treatments.
The comparison of results between traditional immersion applications and Karsten pipe’s based procedure on stone monument indicate the potential viability of this new approach when difficult conditions of consolidating products’ absorption occurs on stone monuments.

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