What is masonry?
Masonry is building a structure using small blocks and joining them with mortar. The term is also used for the building materials themselves. Popular masonry materials are brick, glass blocks, stone (cobblestone, marble, granite, slate, travertine), concrete blocks, and tile. Masonry structures are extremely durable if the right materials are used and if they are built correctly.
What is the difference between tuckpointing and repointing?
To begin with, pointing which is the application of the external mortar between the masonry blocks. Tuckpointing is an enhancement application in which two contrasting mortar colors are used, one that matches the bricks, to create the impression that the joint lines are very fine. Repointing is the process of replacing old or damaged mortar with fresh mortar in order to improve the structural integrity level of the masonry.
What are the benefits of a masonry structure?
Brick and stone positively affect the thermal aspect of the structure, so a brick or stone house will stay cooler in hot weather and warmer in colder weather. Masonry is heat resistant, so it will help guard against fire. Brick does not require painting because it is low maintenance. A sealant can be used to lengthen the lifespan of the masonry by preventing moisture damage.
What are the drawbacks of a masonry structure?
Extreme weather conditions may cause issues such as surface degradation with certain types of brick. It is important to choose a suitable material for Victoria’s climate conditions. A masonry structure must be built on a very firm foundation in order to prevent extreme settling and instability. If the soil under the foundation is expansive, such as adobe clay, the foundation will need to be reinforced and a consultation with an engineer will be required.
What are the benefits of using concrete blocks?
Concrete Masonry Units (CMUs) are usually much larger than bricks, making the project go along more quickly. They also have a lesser water absorption than bricks. They can be used as the structural core for a project, and then veneered with brick masonry to attain the perfect look. With CMUs, a structure can be strengthened much more than with small clay-based bricks, so they are much stronger and more secure.