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The Move to Pre-Blended Mortar

Less labor, more choices: The growing dominance of pre-blended mortar is changing the mason’s business model. By Jim Cook Images courtesy of Spec Mix When Jim Doane began work as a mason, big sand piles necessary for mixing traditional mortar were a given on just about any jobsite. Today, Doane sees fewer of those sand […]

Proper Flashing of Cavity Walls

Hundreds of conditions affect moisture-management product installation, and one size does not fit all. By Steven Fechino Flashing is an important part of many masonry projects. Architects are designing moisture management products into walls from Arizona to Florida, and the ability to properly install the products is paramount to every mason contactor. With the shortage [...]

Brick Wall Breakdown: Cost-Effective Ways to Build with Masonry

Many builders consider brick to be too expensive as an exterior cladding, but this misconception couldn’t be further from the truth. By Jim Bryja When considering exterior cladding options for a project, too many builders automatically discount brick. It’s a common misconception that construction of a brick wall costs more than building with non-masonry materials. [...]

The 5 Most Common Thin Veneer Install Mistakes

 Proper professional installation of thin veneer stone is crucial for the stone to work accurately. Find out what are the most common thin veneer install mistakes. By Jim O’Neill Thin veneer stone is extremely common in the building of new homes. There are many advantages to using thin veneer stone on a home, such as, [...]

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 [...]

Atlanta’s Suntrust Park Uses Precast Double-Tees

Home of the Atlanta Braves, SunTrust Park incorporates structural precast double-tees components from Metromont. The Cumberland District of Cobb County, Ga., is home to Atlanta’s new SunTrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves and playground for families to experience America’s Pastime. As expected, finding a place for all those fans to park their cars was a [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

City Hall Selects Indiana Limestone

Indiana Limestone sills, window heads, watertables and a jack arch add a new façade to Tipton’s City Hall. The City Hall building in Tipton, Ind., recently underwent an exterior remodel. The fresh look of the new façade incorporates red brick with limestone sills, window heads, watertables and a jack arch above the main entryway. Full-bed-depth [...]

Green Building – The Sustainability of Brick

In Technical Note 48, the Brick Industry Association presents an assessment of sustainability and sustainable design in relation to brick manufacturing, use and recycling.  Find here all you need to know about the sustainability of brick. “Sustainable design” is a term that has entered the vernacular of building design and construction. As more buildings are designed [...]
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