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Masonry: History and Benefits

The History Of Masonry:

Within the last 6,000 years masonry has remained popular. Today, it’s used primarily for houses, fireplaces, and other modern buildings. Popular landmarks and historical buildings were made by masons, including the Taj Mahal and most of Egypt’s famous sculptures, tombs, and pyramids. This style of brick making and laying was made popular due to the durability mixed with artistry of the materials. Today, people chose masonry for new buildings because it’s a timeless and practical art. Brick buildings command respect as well. Most important buildings are not made out of shingles and plastic.

Not only can bricks be made by hand and laid expertly, but it can be stone or terra -cotta sculpted buildings or sculptures. Bricks will last for ages when properly maintained and they can keep a building safe from various natural causes such as earthquakes and fires (meaning lower insurance rates) and when using the cavity wall method (two walls with a space between the two) bricks can prevent leakage into the home as well as increase the load bearing capacity of the structure. Masonry will not rust or melt and will resist some mold. Bricks can help insulation, reduce painting costs, and isn’t full of chemicals and plastics. Oddly enough, brick buildings also dampen sound, meaning those outside your structure are less likely to hear the loud music you play at your first house party.

Bricks were traditionally made from slate and clay dried in the sun. Eventually, molds and fire drying came into play and mass production of bricks began. Later, straw and other aggregates were added for stability and to prevent cracking. Today, many bricks are made from cement, sand, and some type of aggregate.

Because of the precision masonry requires and the deep history it is a task done best by professionals and definitely not by machines. This also decreases in the plan drawing because pieces do not need to be fabricated—bricks just need to be made. .Mason made buildings can be erected very quickly without compromising structural integrity and the buildings can have perfectly sound and load baring features such as arches and circles. The buildings are made by people from natural ingredients to achieve a great product while helping the community and economy to provide better lives for everyone.

Choose a career in masonry and you will have work for life! Feel the pride of creating structures that will last longer than you will and provide safe, high quality buildings. If you choose to start your own business, you can create jobs in your community but if you chose to work for others, you are gaining work stability while doing something worthwhile. Get your masonry certification today and start your new future.