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How to Install Flashing and Weeps

Moisture penetrating the walls of a masonry structure may lie in the installations of the flashing and weeps.  By Gary Porter In the spring of 2017, Chicago had a damp period that was cooler than normal. Our office received several calls related to moisture penetration. The cause for moisture penetrating the walls of our masonry [...]

2017 Hardscaping Trends

Pergolas, gazebos and pavilions are popular in today’s outdoor living. These are the 2017 hardscaping trends. By Dawn Henning  With the arrival of warmer weather comes the urge to flock to home and garden shows and home improvement stores. Visitation to blogs and social bookmarking sites, such as Pinterest, skyrockets from those seeking  the 2017 hardscaping [...]

No Payment for Unlicensed Contractors

By Timothy R. Hughes Getting paid for your work is critical to your  home improvement business success and even survival. Failing to obtain proper licensing can end your ability to get paid even for remodeling or construction work that is properly performed. The range of impact for unlicensed contractors varies from state to state. States [...]

Battling Summer-Related Weather Issues

From extreme heat and sun exposure to lightning, the summer months can bring challenges to outdoor workers. Properly preventing the effects of these issues can help keep you safe as you work outside. By Maureen Upchurch Summer is the prime time for completing long-term construction projects or catching up on projects that were delayed in [...]

Replacing Spalled Bricks on a Chimney

Chimney bricks experience the wrath of all seasons, so replacing spalled bricks on a chimney is a worthy skill to have. By Brian Estill Bricks are like sponges. We all know that. So why do we think it’s not important to waterproof bricks with a sealant? Equally troublesome is the belief that masonry is maintenance free [...]

Debunking Actual Cost of Brick Homes

Debunking actual cost of brick homes and common misperceptions of building a brick home versus competing exteriors. RSMeans, North America's leading supplier of construction cost information, developed "The Installed Cost of Residential Siding" study for the Brick Industry Association (BIA).The October 2015 study compares RSMean's estimated construction cost of homes with brick veneer over wood framing with stone veneer, [...]

5 Considerations to Step up Your Fastener Game

A guide for fastener decision making By Mike Dill If you’re like most masons, you continue to perfect your craft and work smarter each day. One way of doing this is to review the types of decisions you make for each project and determine if you could or should make them differently. One such example [...]

Selecting Manufactured Stone Veneers for Any Application

Manufactured stone veneers are offering cost savings, speed of installation and great looks for light commercial building such as hospitals, retail buildings and senior living facilities. By Jim Cooper Rather than having a painted block building, communities are demanding – often through government-approved ordinances – that buildings blend in to local surroundings and have better [...]

Masonry Material Production and Delivery

When it comes to masonry material production and delivery, the big white silo and orange mortar mixer are a classic combo, but by no means is this the only possible configuration. By Todd Ferguson Driving past or working on just about any construction site in the United States, what will you usually see on the [...]

Tile Installation at the Dean Smith Center at UNC

University of North Carolina Tar Heels’ locker room renovation turns heads and tile installation at the Dean Smith Center was a prominent part of the overall project. For the University of North Carolina (UNC) Tar Heels men’s basketball team, the Dean Smith Center isn’t just an arena where games are played. The venue, and its locker rooms, [...]
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