Since the time of the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans man has been using the masonry technique to create beautiful buildings which stand the tests of time. Masonry offers many of the same benefits today as it did throughout history.
Fire resistance: Bricks are usually made of non-combustible materials, decreasing the chances and damage of fires within the structure. Even without regular maintenance, the integrity of the walls will not be compromised by the presence of fire.
Strong: Masonry—be it bricks, concrete, or stone—can bear heavy loads. It has been used for large structures meant to withstand beatings and constant attempts of destruction, like in castles and forts.
Weather resistance and the Environment: Masonry can handle heat, cold, rain, wind, sunlight, and many other weather-related causes of wear-and-tear. Bricks are not indestructible, but they can withstand much more than some other materials. Due to the natural components of masonry, “green built” structures are often made this way, allowing for tax breaks and lower permit fees for homebuilders. No trees are killed and no man-made products are being introduced to the ecosystem.
Low maintenance: Building material like wood, metal, and plastic siding need much more upkeep than masonry. The natural substances stand strong for years to come.
Mildew, Rot, Mold, and Bugs: Termites and wood roaches cannot live off of stone and brick. Other pesky house-killers like mold, fungus, and rot have a hard time growing in brick and stone. Allergens like mold and mildew cannot penetrate the masonry built walls so allergy sufferers should highly consider the resistance of masonry. The general air-tight abilities of brick decreases the amount of any pests entering the home, keeping you and your loved ones safe from structural damage from rotting and sickness from pests and spores.
Sound Proofing: Bricks and stone can block out noise, meaning neighbors hear less of your noise and you hear less of theirs. Masonry can absorb sound and reduce sound transmission. This allows homes to be closer together or in areas of high traffic and noise while not sacrificing privacy and home quality.
Insurance and Home Value: Due to the qualities listed above, insurance rates for masonry made buildings are usually very low, with most insurance companies offering up to 15% lower rates for homeowners of stone and brick houses. Similarly, masonry homes often retain much of their value and can be sold for much higher prices due to high quality with low maintenance. Home value is also effected by the variance of colors, textures, finishes, and styles masonry can provide.
Get your Masonry certification today and begin work in a beautiful, timeless, needed art. Help the world preserve this form of building to maintain high standards of quality, beauty, and usefulness.