Masonry is one method used for building homes and structures. It is the building of a structure by binding together individual units with a mortar. Masonry is known for being a highly durable method of construction.
Materials commonly used for masonry buildings are brink, stone, limestone, marble, concrete block, glass block, cast stone and tile. The use of these types of materials can increase the thermal mass of a masonry building, which is one of the advantages. Most types of masonry will not require painting, which means less life cycle costs for the building. Good fire protection is provided by masonry construction, being very heat resistant. Masonry structures are also sturdy and more resistant to flying debris and other projectiles.
But as with any other material, there are a few disadvantages to using masonry. This is especially seen in extreme weather areas, where frost damage can occur to masonry walls causing degradation, though this is rare with concrete block. A masonry structure will require a very sturdy foundation due to it’s large weight. Masonry also requires more skilled labour rather than machines to be built, with the exception of concrete.
Masonry can be a very suitable material to build a home from and comes with it’s advantages and disadvantages. If you are planning to build a new home, ask us if a masonry home is right for you.