As expert stonemasons and professional bricklayers, our team are often contacted to work on brick repairs and on homes and business properties that are experiencing various masonry issues. We are also contacted for the construction of new patios, walkways or retaining walls. You can call on us for any masonry emergency or stone-work problems. Our team is highly trained and has extensive experience. Brick wall repair, sandstone repair or new masonry construction, our masonry team are ready to meet all your masonry needs.
As experts in our field, we are often asked the same questions, so we have compiled the most frequently answered questions with the answers here for you. If you have any queries or further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Q: What types of projects come under the umbrella of masonry construction?
A: Masonry construction projects range from simple mortar replacement to the construction of brick and stone buildings. Common projects include brickwork, home additions, kitchen construction, fireplace construction, and chimney construction. Construction of garden paths and walkways, benches, tuck-pointing, brick wall repairs, wall construction and structural reinforcement. Also included are structural reinforcement and speciality masonry repair. At RBStone we pride ourselves on having expert stonemasons and masonry contractors with both experience and expertise that can handle any masonry construction project.
Q: What is the difference between brick and concrete?
A: The difference between bricks and concrete blocks is in their composition and uses. Bricks are made of clay or shale, they are produced by mixing sand and lime. Whereas, concrete blocks and pavers are manufactured from cement and fine rock or sand. It is important to select the correct material for each specific project. Bricks or concrete are selected for use based upon the project and the intended function of the built structure. Concrete blocks have a significantly higher compressive strength compared to clay bricks, they also have higher water resistance. High compressive strength makes concrete suited for floors, driveways, walkways and patios. Clay bricks on the other hand have a much longer lifespan they can last up to 1000 years, whereas concrete blocks have a lifespan of 100 years, which makes them suitable for building construction.
Q: Can masonry construction repair my broken chimney?
A: Broken chimneys can be extremely hazardous to use. It is imperative that you contact us immediately if damage to your chimney occurs. We have the expertise and knowledge to carry out any chimney repair.
Q: Does it matter if the masonry contractor I hire is not licensed?
A: Absolutely, it is crucial that you hire professional masonry contractors that are fully trained, qualified and licensed. You should check their certifications before work commences.
Q: What materials are used in masonry construction?
A: There are several commonly used masonry materials, Including brick, concrete block, natural stone, cut stone and stucco, a cement-type mixture consisting of Portland cement, lime, sand and water. Stucco is applied as a thin layer that is used to finish both residential and commercial properties,
Q: What benefits come with choosing masonry construction?
A: Masonry construction has several important benefits, structurally, aesthetically and economically. Masonry construction can add to the value of your property. Buildings are structurally sound, durable and long-lasting. Masonry structures can be designed to give many unique looks. The many materials that are available for use enable stonemasons to construct buildings in several styles.