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Lee’s Summit Masonry often receives quite a few questions about masonry. That’s why we have compiled a list of some of the most frequently asked questions about masonry.

Masonry is a type of construction using units of various natural or artificial mineral products, like stone, brick, or concrete. The structure is built by binding together individual units using mortar. Masonry can be applied to the craft itself or the finished product.

Masonry is combined into almost all structures you see and is generally a durable form of construction. However, the materials used, the quality of the mortar and workmanship, and the pattern the units are put in can strongly affect the durability of the entire masonry construction. That’s why you need to hire an experienced masonry contractor like Lee’s Summit Masonry.

Masonry projects can scale from simple mortar replacement to structural reinforcement or even full wall builds. At Lee’s Summit Masonry, we can handle an array of masonry construction projects, including brickwork, blockwork, additions, fireplaces, benches, tuckpointing, and much more.

Bricks are made out of a mixture of either clay or shale. Concrete pavers are made out of a specially formulated mixture of cement. Concrete pavers have a very high compressive strength which makes them excellent for driveways, walkways, patios, and more.

Conventional masonry materials include brick, natural and cut stone, concrete block, and stucco that is applied over a concrete masonry base.

Brick consists of varying amounts of different ingredients. That’s why bricks come in varying shades of the same reddish color. Generally, bricks contain kneaded clay-bearing soil, sand, and lime. They may also contain concrete material or expanded clay aggregate.

There are several benefits to masonry construction. First, it can increase the value of your property. It also offers structural soundness and other benefits.

In general, any builder can build a masonry home. However, most production builders build with wood frames and cannot build a single masonry home in a subdivision of wood-frame homes.

Masonry is very solid and has fewer connections and penetrations than wood frame construction. The largest connection and point-of-entry for pests in wood construction is where the stem wall and the rest of the house meet. 

 

This connection is a very weak point and is rarely finished and sealed correctly. It also further invites pests because it is shaded by the protruding foam insulation. This connection is sealed and basically does not exist with most types of masonry construction.

Thin stone veneer is a real natural stone that is quarried and then manufactured. Manufactured means it is cut down into thin pieces of stone that only show the natural “face” of the stone. The finished thickness of the stone after manufacturing varies from 1 inch to about 2 inches.

There are several available methods for insulating masonry. Masonry can be furred out inside the building and insulation placed between the furring strips, under the drywall. A lot of systems are available to place insulation on the outside of the masonry wall, and for existing buildings, there is a liquid foam that can be injected into the cavity of the walls.

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