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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Bricks!

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Bricks are one of the most common materials used in masonry projects for many reasons. They are reliable, durable, and beautiful, and can be used in a variety of different projects. But how much do you really know about them? How are bricks made? What is their history? Why should you choose bricks over granite, marble, or concrete? In this week’s blog, you’ll find out everything you ever wanted to know about bricks (and possibly more).

All About Bricks

In this week’s blog, you’ll find out everything you ever wanted to know about bricks (and possibly more).

The History of Bricks

The oldest bricks ever discovered were made from shaped mud. They were found in Syria and are estimated to have been constructed in around 7500 BC. That’s about 9,500 years ago! Early civilizations in China and Europe have also been documented as using bricks for construction projects. The Ancient Greeks and Romans were some of the first to begin using fired bricks, which we still use today. They built large brick buildings and stamped them with the seal of the legion.

How Bricks are Made

There are three main types of brick: un-fired, fired, and chemically set. Each type of brick is manufactured in a different way. (more…)

Watch Out for These Signs of Poor Masonry Work

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Take a look at the brick buildings and structures on your property. How do they look? Unfortunately, although brick is a great, sturdy material to build with, unsafe practices can make it hazardous. If your brickwork was done by a sketchy masonry company or built very many years ago, you’re going to need to watch out for signs that it may be falling apart or in need of repair. Find out how to identify if you’ve been the victim of poor masonry work by reading the following tips:

poor masonry work

Find out how to identify if you’ve been the victim of poor masonry work by reading the following tips.

Poor Masonry Work Signs

  • Cracks

Cracks indicate weakness in the structure and are never a good sign, whether they’re horizontal or vertical. If you see heavy vertical cracking, however, it could mean that the foundation has settled.

  • Faulty alignment

Sometimes, the mortar can react to water and expand, which will in turn push the bricks out of alignment. If your structure is fairly old, this can be a common problem.

  • Parging

A shoddy construction company will sometimes cover bricks that are structurally unsound with a layer of this material. It resembles a smooth stucco, but its purpose is really just to hide defects within poor masonry work.

  • Wooden beams and lintels

If you’re the owner of an older building, you may have noticed that your building is supported with wooden frames. However, recently we’ve discovered that these wooden frames can’t always fully support the weight of bricks. In the event of a fire, they’re also more likely to burn and potentially collapse your building.

  • Sand lime mortar

Although this type of mortar was commonly used during the 20th century, it does have a fairly high risk of failure. It can be rinsed away when exposed to enough water due to it being water-soluble.

If you’re looking for a professional masonry construction company that won’t cut corners, look no further. Get in touch with DelPrete Masonry today!

At DelPrete Masonry, we offer professional masonry restoration for your building or structure. DelPrete Masonry is a commercial masonry construction and restoration company that services Baltimore and the surrounding area. For more than 25 years, we’ve been performing quality masonry work for a wide variety of clients with different masonry needs.  We’ve built a solid reputation for ourselves in the Baltimore area as a leading commercial masonry service. For more information, please contact our office today at 410-683-0650 or email us at mike@delpretemasonry.com. We serve Baltimore City, County, Harford County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel County, and Howard County. Keep up with our blog for masonry related information, and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.

Restoring your Bricks by Tuckpointing

Monday, May 25th, 2015


Tuckpointing, bricks

Do your bricks need a facelift?

Bricks wear down over the years from moisture and weather, but what if you could restore them? Well, using a method known as “tuckpointing” you can. Tuckpointing restores the mortar of your bricks and keeps them looking fresh and new. So, are you ready to learn more about tuckpointing? Here we go! (more…)

The Rundown on Bricks

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Bricks are pretty awesome.

Using bricks for outdoor projects is exceptionally popular. Bricks are sturdy, lovely, and remain one of the best ways to construct a wide variety of structures. So, as you think about your next masonry project, you may want to consider incorporating bricks into your design. Let’s check out some reasons why bricks are awesome. (more…)

Rid Your Outdoor Bricks of Moss

Sunday, April 12th, 2015
moss on the masonry

Do you have moss on your masonry?

Something about the humidity of spring brings with it the threat of moss planting itself on your beautiful bricks. Moisture brings moss, so if your bricks are in a place where there is a lot of shade and moisture, then you should check on them. Moss likes to grow in a variety of places as long as they are stationary, but don’t worry. You can get rid of this nuisance of moss so that your bricks can go back to looking clean and fresh. Let’s check it out. (more…)