Brick and Masonry in The Colony
Helpful facts about masonry (credit goes here):
Many of the world’s significant architectural achievements were built with masonry.
Masonry is resistant to fire, earthquakes, and sound.
The skill and precision of the mason can never be replaced by machines.
Architects and builders choose masonry for its beauty, versatility, and durability.
Brick is man’s oldest manufactured product.
Sun-baked clay bricks were used in buildings over 6,000 years ago.
Brick is composed of shale and clay.
Brick is fired in kilns of approximately 2,000° F.
Cavity walls were developed to reduce water penetration problems.
Concrete blocks are composed of cement, sand, and lightweight aggregate.
When exposed to fire, masonry does not burn, melt, twist or warp.
Masonry is the most environmentally-friendly building system available.
Masonry construction requires less insulation than other building systems.
Masonry is slow to absorb or lose heat.
Masonry can be easily recycled.
Masonry does not emit toxins during a fire.
Masonry materials do not emit volatile gases.
Masonry buildings have been known to last for hundreds – even thousands – of years.
Masonry materials come in hundreds of colors and decorative finishes.
Masonry offers great design versatility.
Over 70% of the buildings in the world are built of masonry.
Masonry structures have lower insurance costs than non-masonry structures.
Masonry materials are made entirely or primarily of natural ingredients.
Masonry materials include clay brick, concrete masonry units and stone.
Brick homes command an average 6% higher resale price than non-brick homes.
Masonry guidelines ensure that structures are built to resist fire, hail and wind.
Masonry ordinances are growing in popularity in every part of the country.
Masonry buildings show little distress from impact of flying debris during tornados.
Masonry’s life cycle is unsurpassed by any other building material.
Masonry enhances the occupants’ comfort and health.
Masonry is fireproof, and water and insect resistant.
Masonry is virtually impervious to the ravages of time and weather.
Masonry is a natural insulator.
Masonry is anything constructed of the materials such as stone, brick or block.
Masonry is resistant to mold.
Masonry is one hundred percent durable.
Masonry does not support mold growth.
Masonry does not provide a food source for mold spores.
Masonry limits moisture penetration.
Masonry is a skilled trade that takes much time, effort and talent to learn.
Masonry allows for more creativity and flexibility in designing projects.
A mason knows different patterns, textures and colors to create a beautiful product.
Every brick and block must be laid by hand, and requires the skill of a craftsman.
Protective sheet enclosed work areas allow masons to work throughout the year.
Masons must be able to read blueprints and understand building codes.
Masonry has been used for more than 6000 years.
The United States standard brick size is 2 1/2 x 3 3/4 x 8 inches.
Masonry will not decay or rot if exposed to mold.
Masonry structures provide durable fire resistance.
A mason is a craftsman who works with stone or brick.
One 8 in. CMU can handle 205 sumo wrestlers weighing 500 pounds each.
Ancient Egyptian mortars were made from burned gypsum and sand.
Ancient Egyptians used horses and carriages to carry supplies up scaffolding.
The Great Pyramid of Giza is over 5,000 years old and uses 2,300,000 blocks of stone.
Here is a video going into more detail from the MCAA’s YouTube channel:
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