Below are 101 Masonry Facts that answer some Frequently Asked Questions.
FACT 1 Many of the world’s significant architectural achievements were built with masonry.
FACT 2 Masonry is resistant to fire, earthquakes, and sound.
FACT 3 Masonry can be designed to reduce maintains cost.
FACT 4 The skill and precision of the mason can never be replaced by machines.
FACT 5 Architects and builders choose masonry for its beauty, versatility, and durability.
FACT 6 Brick is man’s oldest manufactured product.
FACT 7 Sun-baked clay bricks were used in buildings over 6,000 years ago.
FACT 8 Brick is composed of shale and clay.
FACT 9 Brick is fired in kilns of approximately 1093 degrees Celsius.
FACT 10 Cavity walls were developed to reduce water penetration problems.
FACT 11 Concrete blocks are composed of cement, sand, and lightweight aggregate.
FACT 12 When exposed to fire, masonry does not burn, melt, twist or warp.
FACT 13 Masonry is one of the most environmentally friendly building system available.
FACT 14 Masonry construction requires less insulation than other building systems.
FACT 15 Masonry is slow to absorb or lose heat.
FACT 16 Masonry can be easily recycled.
FACT 17 Masonry does not emit toxins during a fire.
FACT 18 Masonry materials do not emit volatile gases.
FACT 19 Masonry buildings have been known to last for hundreds – even thousands – of years.
FACT 20 Masonry materials come in hundreds of colours and decorative finishes.
FACT 21 Masonry offers great design versatility.
FACT 22 Over 70% of the buildings in the world are built of masonry.
FACT 23 Masonry structures can have lower insurance costs than non-masonry structures.
FACT 24 Masonry materials are made entirely or primarily of natural ingredients.
FACT 25 Masonry materials include clay brick, concrete masonry units and stone.
FACT 26 Brick homes command an average higher resale price than non-brick homes.
FACT 27 Masonry guidelines ensure that structures are built to resist fire, hail and wind.
FACT 28 Masonry buildings show little distress from impact of flying debris during storms.
FACT 29 Masonry’s life cycle is unsurpassed by any other building material.
FACT 30 Masonry enhances the occupants’ comfort and health.
FACT 31 Masonry is fireproof, and water and insect resistant.
FACT 32 Masonry is virtually impervious to the ravages of time and weather.
FACT 33 Masonry is a natural insulator.
FACT 34 Masonry is anything constructed of the materials such as stone, brick or block.
FACT 35 Masonry is resistant to mould.
FACT 36 Masonry is one hundred percent durable.
FACT 37 Masonry does not support mould growth.
FACT 38 Masonry does not provide a food source for mould spores.
FACT 39 Masonry limits moisture penetration.
FACT 40 Masonry is a skilled trade that takes much time, effort and talent to learn.
FACT 41 Masonry allows for more creativity and flexibility in designing projects.
FACT 42 A mason knows different patterns, textures and colours to create a beautiful product.
FACT 43 Every brick and block must be laid by hand, and requires the skill of a tradesman.
FACT 44 Masons must be able to read architectural and structural documentation and understand specifications.
FACT 45 Masonry has been used for more than 6000 years.
FACT 46 The Australian standard brick size is 76 x 110 x 230mm.
FACT 47 The Australian standard block size is 190 x 190 x 390.
FACT 48 Masonry will not decay or rot if exposed to mould.
FACT 49 Masonry structures provide durable fire resistance.
FACT 50 A mason is a tradesman who works with stone, block or brick.
FACT 51 Ancient Egyptian mortars were made from burned gypsum and sand.
FACT 51 Ancient Egyptians used horses and carriages to carry supplies up scaffolding.
FACT 53 The Great Pyramid of Giza is over 5,000 years old and uses 2,300,000 blocks of stone.
FACT 54 Masonry can be protected from graffiti.
FACT 55 Masonry boasts an impressive compressive strength (vertical loads)
FACT 56 Masonry such as bricks, blocks and stones can increase the thermal mass of a building and can protect the building from fire.
FACT 56 Types of masonry typically will not require painting and so can provide a structure with reduced life-cycle costs.
FACT 57 Masonry is a non-combustible product.
FACT 58 Masonry walls are more resistant to projectiles, such as debris from hurricanes or tornadoes.
FACT 59 Masonry structures built-in compression preferably with lime mortar can have a useful life of more than 500 years as compared to 30 to 100 for structures of steel or reinforced concrete
FACT 60 Masonry must be built upon a strong foundation.
FACT 61 Glazed concrete masonry units are manufactured by bonding a permanent coloured facing (typically composed of polyester resins, silica sand and various other chemicals) masonry unit, providing a smooth impervious surface.”[citation]
FACT 62 Masonry happens to be one of those professions that was one of the first in the history of construction.
FACT 63 Masonry is regarded as a traditional skill.
FACT 64 Masonry buildings can be built to increase safety by reducing fire damage, such as the use of fire cuts during construction.
FACT 65 Masonry framing offers the ultimate in safety, strength, durability and habitability.
FACT 66 Resistance to fire termites
FACT 67 Resistance to sound transmission from traffic and other noise sources
FACT 68 Sheer mass and weight of concrete masonry walls can reduce sound penetrating.
FACT 69 Lower homeowner maintenance costs since masonry won’t rot, peel or flake.
FACT 70 A reduction in energy bills.
FACT 71 Savings on homeowner’s insurance premiums.
FACT 72 Environmentally friendly since concrete block can be manufactured from recycled materials.
FACT 73 Weather Resistant
FACT 74 Masonry Exterior Walls that will hold up to heavy storms, U.V. degradation, blistering heat, and sub-zero temperatures.
FACT 75 Termite Resistant – Exterior walls made of masonry means there’s no wood to eat.
FACT 76 Masonry Protects from Rotting, Mould & Fungus.
FACT 77 Masonry plays a large role in significantly reducing or eliminating the build-up of fungus and mildew between interior and exterior walls.
FACT 78 Masonry homes are healthier for its inhabitants.
FACT 79 Masonry homes are also nearly air-tight, making them allergy resistant.
FACT 80 Superior Sound Proofing
FACT 81 Masonry reduces noise better than traditional building materials, resulting in a quieter home environment.
FACT 82 Virtually Maintenance Free – When used in its natural form, masonry provides lasting beauty that requires considerably less maintenance than other building materials.
FACT 83 Masonry, combined with ‘thermal mass’ insulation systems, stores more energy, it stays warmer in winter and cooler in summer, reducing electric consumption.
FACT 84 Masonry provides higher levels of security.
FACT 85 Masonry Environmentally-Friendly “Green” Products
FACT 86 Masonry products play a large role in ecologically responsible building methods.
FACT 87 Masonry is recognized by government programs as a contributor to green building status.
FACT 88 Masonry products are earth-friendly, they do not deplete precious natural and limited resources.
FACT 89 Increased Resale Appeal – There’s a widely-held opinion, that masonry homes offer a greater resale value than other forms of construction.
FACT 90 Inherently Natural Ingredients.
FACT 91 Brick is predominantly made from clay and shale, which are among the most abundant materials available on earth.
FACT 92 Countless Recycling Options.
FACT 93 Masonry can be salvaged, crushed for sub-base materials, and chipped for permanent landscaping mulch.
FACT 94 Minimal Waste.
FACT 95 Virtually all of the clay that is mined out of the ground is used in the manufacturing process making the recycling and waste containment unequalled by others.
FACT 96 Manufacturers re-use most of their own fired waste material or convert it into other products.
FACT 97 No special handling required because brick is simply earth, so it’s inert.
FACT 98 Low Embodied Energy to Manufacture Brick.
FACT 99 No additional energy will be needed to make a replacement brick for many decades or centuries.
FACT 100 Many brick buildings older than a century are still in use today.
FACT 101 Brick is one of the few materials that are allowed to be reused in a building.