A masonry structure comprises bricks and skills that are put into creating a fireproof and water resistant structure. Here’s an extensive guide on the advantages and disadvantages of masonry construction to help you decide if you should really be reaching out to masons.
All the Good Reasons for Calling a Mason
Masonry construction has several advantages common to all types of masonry units, be it stone, brick, or concrete. Firstly, because masonry is non-combustible, it improves the overall resistance of the building against fire. This is why fireplaces are made using masonry units.
Improved fire protection is an aspect that’s hard to resist by occupants. Apart from fire, a masonry structure also offers greater resistance against pest infestations, tear down caused due to external climatic conditions, and rotting (such as in the case of wood). Moreover, it’s durable enough to withstand excessive amounts of weight loads over its relatively extensive lifespan. It also increases the thermal mass of the building, allowing it to be energy efficient.
Depending on the expertise of the mason employed for the job, it’s possible to achieve a number of different patterns, textures, and colors with masonry, each of which creates an extraordinary appearance of the building. Additionally, masonry work also improves the resale value of the property.
But First, Consider the Limitations of Masonry
Because a masonry construction uses heavy stones, blocks and bricks, they can only be laid over strong, solid foundations that are stable. If any settling were to occur within the foundation after the masonry structure is standing tall, it’s like to crack. After cracking, it’s important to repair the damage to prevent moisture infiltration. So that should prevent the cost, which has already doubled, from tripling. Construction using masonry needs adequate planning that extends over an extensive time duration. Lastly, these raw materials can not be transported in conventional vehicles, which will likely result in additional costs.
Stone Masonry from Liaison Landscapes in San Francisco
For stone masonry construction, we recommend you have ample floor space as stone walls are thick and heavy and occupy floor space significantly. You’ll also need to be mindful of the location as the structure cannot be repaired, relocated, or altered. But once it’s done and dusted from Liaison Landscapes contractors, you’ll need little to no maintenance, thanks to the stone masonry structure’s durability.
Liaison Landscapes, Inc. is a landscaping company in San Francisco, CA, where we offer water conservation, hardscape, landscape, irrigation and maintenance packages for residential maintenance and commercial landscaping. Our landscape contractors master masonry services for building masonry structures.