Fall is quickly coming to an end, and winter is just around the corner. If you live or work in an area that experiences freezing temperatures, snow, ice, or rain, protecting your masonry and brickwork from the elements is essential. Be sure to finish up any needed repairs before the winter begins. This is because masonry repairs generally cannot be done when the weather is wet or below freezing. Here are some repairs that should definitely be done before the winter weather takes over.(more…)
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Bricks are incredibly timeless. In fact, many people use bricks as a material because they want their property to withstand the test of time. Brick is a wonderfully durable and versatile material. The reality is, bricks will inevitably require maintenance, repair, and upkeep to keep them up to date. Ultimately, minor damage may include the need to seal cracks, while more significant issues require installation and support beams. Whatever the issues, you will want to tackle them head-on and quickly before the bricks start to hinder the structure’s foundation. Here are a few key signs that your bricks are in desperate need of replacing.(more…)
With the cold weather quickly approaching, it is the perfect time to prepare your masonry chimney for the fall weather. Masonry is designed to last, which is why businesses and homeowners alike choose to go with brick in the first place. But over time, your masonry structures can show some signs of wear and tear. Preparing your chimney or fireplace for the season ensures that it will keep your home warmer, save energy costs, prevent fires, and more. Here are some tips for preparing your chimney for fall.(more…)
Bulging bricks are a common masonry issue caused by moisture leaking into the mortar joints of a brick wall. It happens when the water swells and affects the integrity of the bricks. This issue typically comes to light after the winter months. You should contact a qualified mason for repairs as soon as the bulging wall appears. They will ensure that the wall doesn’t detach from the structure and collapse. Here are some tips for what to do if you notice your bricks bulging or bowing.(more…)
Mold is a common problem for brickwork because it doesn’t take much for mold to grow in any environment. Whether your building is constructed with bricks or you have brick accents like walls, walkways, or stairs, you have likely seen mold at some point. Mold can thrive anywhere moisture remains for any length of time. Ignoring the mold will only allow it to grow more, negatively impacting the appearance of your brickwork as well as the strength and durability. Here are some tips for removing mold from bricks.(more…)
Brick masonry is a beautiful form of architecture, and many homeowners elect to have masonry in their homes. Unfortunately, masonry is not indestructible, and it can be prone to damage over time. Spalling bricks are a common sign of masonry failure, and if not addressed properly, it can cause more serious issues down the road. Here are some tips on how to fix spalling bricks.(more…)
If you notice that some of the brick on your building is starting to crack or crumble, it could be cause for concern. Cracked bricks are a common problem for brick walls. While this issue does not always indicate serious structural damage, it can make the structure susceptible to water damage and mold. It is essential to identify the cause of the brick cracking so you can fix the issue and take preventative measures to ensure that cracking does not occur in the future. Let’s go over the causes of cracked bricks and how to fix them.(more…)
Many grand and historic buildings are made from brick, as it is a dependable material for most construction projects. Structures made from brick are designed to last a very long time, but they are not impervious to damage. For this reason, many brick buildings need to be reinforced. Tuckpointing is the process used to strengthen and support brick structures. Let’s go over the basics of tuckpointing.(more…)
Many people like the aesthetic of painted brick for the exterior structures. Painting your brick gives it an even texture and color. Also, painted brick gives it a protective coating against the elements and erosion. But if you have decided that you want to paint your brick then here are a few steps to take to make sure that it is done successfully.
When you’re choosing materials for your next construction project, you should make sure that concrete brick is on your list of options. As the brick making industry has evolved, concrete brick has become a standout option thanks to its durability, appearance, and functionality. It offers all of the classic looks of traditional bricks but with significant advances in construction. Today we’ll go over a few of the reasons that concrete brick has become number one.
Enhanced Colors and Textures
One of the most significant benefits of concrete brick is that with modern technology, the color and texture can be altered to create almost any appearance. If you choose a colored option, the color is consistent throughout the brick, meaning that in case of chipping after installation, there are no color discrepancies.
The easy construction of concrete brick means that it can be made quickly to order, so tight deadlines can be met quickly. Often times, there is also enough pre-made to allow for immediate pickup and project startup.
Because of the manufacturing process, which allows it to be cured in a form, concrete brick maintains a consistent, uniform size. Not only does this make for a professional, beautifully crafted appearance, but it means that any construction done with a concrete brick will have a consistent, smooth installation. The form allows for both sides of the brick to be used which means you will have less waste.
If you’re looking for strong, durable construction that will last for decades, concrete brick should be at the top of your list. Concrete brick is designed for high strength and will withstand even the most excessive wear and tear. Not to mention, it can’t rot and will be less likely to crack or fracture.
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