Fire Resistant CMU

Did you just severely restrict, or eliminate competition by including a UL design number for fire resistive masonry partitions? Unknowingly, perhaps. Learn what options are available to meet code requirements for fire resistive concrete masonry units. It..

Chemical Masonry Cleaning

How can you make sure you get that "like new" look for the completed masonry? Detergent washing is only removing the surface dirt - not the right result. Chemical masonry cleaning is a necessary evil in new construction. It's not as bad as you might..

Defining Masonry Restoration Scope

When is the scope of work on a restoration project prepared? On what does the contractor base his bid? Too often, the scope of work on a restoration project is poorly defined or incomplete. Learn what an architect can do to prepare construction documents..

Choosing Mortar Types

The strength of mortar relative to the materials being installed is critical. Mortar must be strong enough and flexible enough to allow the structure to function as designed. Learn what mortar types are available and what cements may be used in mortar..

Brick - Solid or Hollow - Why Choose?

Brick selection is usually based on aesthetic factors, first, such as size, color, and texture. These aesthetic factors can dramatically affect the perception of a completed building. For designers making the aesthetic selections, there is usually little..

Brick Movement Joints

Certainly, you have seen examples of natural expansion joints. Science rules. Materials move. Buildings react; sometimes not as expected.

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