As brick walls, fireplace, and even floors begin to vary from material to material, various materials and forms of erecting structures each provide a different purpose, and aesthetic suitable for the space. Whether it be for a spacious entertainment room, a warm and cozy fireplace, or the flooring of your backyard, material choice and structural design heavily dictate the purpose, and atmosphere it sends out.
Masonry provides the building of structures reminiscent of older architecture in which bricks or stones are laid similar to how homes and buildings were built in the past, yet the same method of construction is used not only for aesthetic purposes, but also for applications in which the properties of masonry-made wares are a necessity. With the many forms of masonry, from stone, brick, to even the mortar that fills in the gaps and spaces between the material, custom masonry would allow one’s space or wares, truly their own.
Materials for your own space.
With masonry using such a wide variety of materials, each providing their worn texture, color, visual appeal and application, being knowledgeable about the different materials involved would make a particular piece of wall, or structure pop or blend in contrast with its surroundings, and also be the right properties for its use. These are some of the common materials used in masonry:
- Brunt Clay Bricks – is the classic brick in which most people are familiar with. These are made by first being molded and dried by firing in a kiln. Commonly seen in very old structures and usually reddish in color. Today these are still used in masonry walls, foundations, columns, and even some older brick-stoves.
- Sand Lime Bricks – Also known as calcium silicate bricks, these are made by mixing sand, fly ash and lime and pigments may be added for color. Sand lime bricks offer uniform shape with a cleaner finish, excellent strength for load-bearing structures, and allow for different colors via pigment to allow it to complement its surroundings.
- Fly Ash clay Bricks – These are manufactured with clay and fly ash—a byproduct of coal burning. Flay ash clay bricks expand when exposed to moisture. This tendency to expand, however, can also produce pop-out failure. These types of bricks are commonly used in structural walls, foundations, pillars, and surfaces in which fire-resistance is required,
- Fire Bricks – Fire bricks are manufactured with a high aluminum oxide content allowing them to withstand very high temperatures without shape, size, or strength being affected. Commonly used in in furnace and chimney linings, or pizza ovens and brick barbecues.
- Stucco – is made of aggregates, a binder, and water which is applied and dried into a dense solid which is used to cover up less visually appealing construction materials, or as a decorative coating for walls and ceilings.
- Stone – stones of various textures in a combination of a proper mortar is also used in masonry and is commonly seen in castle walls. Today it is used in walls, columns, and other structure for structural strength or aesthetic purposes.
With the many ways masonry is made, from simple walls and floors, to visually stunning ornaments and statement pieces which catch the eye of anyone entering the space, having a piece of structural art which one can truly call their own brings in an individuality to whatever structure or space you please. If you want quality work made and done for your own personal use or space get it done by hiring one of the best concrete and masonry contractors.