Masonry is a beautiful, versatile and durable construction method that has stood the test of time. Some of civilization’s most renowned and lasting structures—the Egyptian Pyramids, the Roman Colosseum and the Great Wall of China—were built with masonry. Masonry continues to be a top choice for builders and homeowners alike because of its numerous benefits:
- EV Materials: Masonry is recognized by the government as an environmentally friendly process. It uses durable and recyclable materials, reduces the consumption of natural resources and increases the thermal mass of a structure. Masonry is therefore very useful for “green build” initiatives.
- Fire Resistant: Masonry materials, such as stone or brick, are non-combustible and therefore reduce potential damage to the home in the case of a fire. This makes masonry a wonderful choice for chimneys and fireplaces.
- Allergy, Fungus and Mold Protection: Masonry structures, unlike wood structures, resist moisture, eliminating the buildup of mold and fungus and protecting you from related ailments.
Masonry adds value to a home and offers many other benefits, including (but not limited to) structural durability. The brick or stone on your home will probably outlast any of the other materials used in its construction. To ensure this durability, masonry must, like anything that lasts, be periodically maintained. The elements can take a toll on your brick and stone. The rapid freezing and thawing of water during Nashville winters causes cracking and spalling (defacement) of the brick or stone. This is not only unsightly but also allows water to permeate your masonry and create costly structural issues. To avoid this, contact Chimney & Masonry Outfitters to assess, repair and maintain your beautiful masonry.