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Masonry Facts

Masonry Facts

Fact #101

Many of the world's significant architectural achievements were built with masonry.

Fact #102

Masonry is resistant to fire, earthquakes, and sound.

Fact #103

The skill and precision of the mason can never be replaced by machines.

Fact #104

Architects and builders choose masonry for its beauty, versatility, and durability.

Fact #105

Brick is man's oldest manufactured product.

Fact #106

Sun-baked clay bricks were used in buildings over 6,000 years ago.

Fact #107

Brick is composed of shale and clay.

Fact #108

Brick is fired in kilns of approximately 2,000° F.

Fact #109

Cavity walls were developed to reduce water penetration problems.

Fact #110

Concrete blocks are composed of cement, sand, and lightweight aggregate.

Fact #111

When exposed to fire, masonry does not burn, melt, twist or warp.

Fact #112

Masonry is the most environmentally-friendly building system available.

Fact #113

Masonry construction requires less insulation than other building systems.

Fact #114

Masonry is slow to absorb or lose heat.

Fact #115

Masonry can be easily recycled.

Fact #116

Masonry does not emit toxins during a fire.

Fact #117

Masonry materials do not emit volatile gases.

Fact #118

Masonry buildings have been known to last for hundreds - even thousands - of years.

Fact #119

Masonry materials come in hundreds of colors and decorative finishes.

Fact #120

Masonry offers great design versatility.

Fact #121

Over 70% of the buildings in the world are built of masonry.

Fact #122

Masonry structures have lower insurance costs than non-masonry structures.

Fact #123

Masonry materials are made entirely or primarily of natural ingredients.

Fact #124

Masonry materials include clay brick, concrete masonry units and stone.

Fact #125

Brick homes command an average 6% higher resale price than non-brick homes.

Fact #126

Masonry guidelines ensure that structures are built to resist fire, hail and wind.

Fact #127

Masonry ordinances are growing in popularity in every part of the country.

Fact #128

Masonry buildings show little distress from impact of flying debris during tornados.

Fact #129

Masonry's life cycle is unsurpassed by any other building material.

Fact #130

Masonry enhances the occupants' comfort and health.

Fact #131

Masonry is fireproof, and water and insect resistant.

Fact #132

Masonry is virtually impervious to the ravages of time and weather.

Fact #133

Masonry is a natural insulator.

Fact #134

Masonry is anything constructed of the materials such as stone, brick or block.

Fact #135

Masonry is resistant to mold.

Fact #136

Masonry is one hundred percent durable.

Fact #137

Masonry does not support mold growth.

Fact #138

Masonry does not provide a food source for mold spores.

Fact #139

Masonry limits moisture penetration.

Fact #140

Masonry is a skilled trade that takes much time, effort and talent to learn.

Fact #141

Masonry allows for more creativity and flexibility in designing projects.

Fact #142

A mason knows different patterns, textures and colors to create a beautiful product.

Fact #143

Every brick and block must be laid by hand, and requires the skill of a craftsman.

Fact #144

Protective sheet enclosed work areas allow masons to work throughout the year.

Fact #145

Masons must be able to read blueprints and understand building codes.

Fact #146

Masonry has been used for more than 6000 years.

Fact #147

The United States standard brick size is 2 1/2 x 3 3/4 x 8 inches.

Fact #148

Masonry will not decay or rot if exposed to mold.

Fact #149

Masonry structures provide durable fire resistance.

Fact #150

A mason is a craftsman who works with stone or brick.

Fact #151

One 8 in. CMU can handle 205 sumo wrestlers weighing 500 pounds each.

Fact #152

Ancient Egyptian mortars were made from burned gypsum and sand.

Fact #153

Ancient Egyptians used horses and carriages to carry supplies up scaffolding.

Fact #154

The Great Pyramid of Giza is over 5,000 years old and uses 2,300,000 blocks of stone.

“We can make a difference together and bring masonry back.”

Paul Oldham
Ollier Masonry, Inc.
MCAA member since 2001

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