Physical and aesthetical decay of built heritage from biological films developed on joint mortars

E. M. Perez-Monserrat, R. Fort, M. J. Varas-Muriel, M. Alvarez de Buergo, A. De los Ríos, C. Ascaso

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Porous stone materials can be affected by lithobiontic communities’ colonization responsible for physical-chemical processes that lead to their biodeterioration. In urban areas with high levels of atmospheric pollution, in the aesthetical decay of facades due to soiling by particulate matter deposition, the development of biological films must be considered. The biodeterioration processes affecting the joint mortar used on the limestone facades of the Formerly Workers Hospital of Maudes (Madrid, Spain) and its contribution to facades soiling are studied. Lichen thalli are directly involved in the material disruption and foster significantly the degree of darkening. While limestone darkening is very heterogeneous and mainly responds to its interaction with air pollutants, for the joint mortar it is much more homogeneous and, in areas of higher humidity and with no direct pollution exposure, is due to a biofilm development. In all other areas where joint mortar shows darkening, this is mainly because of its interaction with air pollutants.

Idioma originalInglés
Título de la publicación alojadaScience and Technology for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage
EditorialCRC Press
Número de páginas5
ISBN (versión digital)9780203508015
ISBN (versión impresa)9781138000094
EstadoPublicada - 1 ene. 2013
Publicado de forma externa

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