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Benefits of Masonry

The Logical Choice. The Only Choice.

Masonry contractors understand the task at hand; a project needs to get done efficiently, effectively and on time. Masons are hardworking, diligent craftworkers with pride in the work they do. They believe in the project and stand behind their skill. Choosing masonry separates the strong from the weak, not only in trade but also in product. Yet today, we are being told masonry is too expensive, the trade is too slow or simply people are uncomfortable using it in design. Upstate Masonry Institute is here to alleviate those thoughts.

From a community standpoint, the economics of using masonry system construction is significant because local labor and local masonry materials are used. The benefit of jobs and goods and services that follow masonry construction projects create an economic ripple effect 4 to 10 times the construction dollars spent in the community. Certainly, these attributes should not be overlooked when the type of construction system is being considered. It is difficult to understand why any other type of building material is used for governmental and local business structures.

The real economic advantage offered by masonry construction is a result of the construction technique and performance of the system. No other construction method can compare with the "multitude of functions" that a single building element constructed of masonry provides. Basically, the loadbearing masonry system eliminates the cost of the frame because the structure is also the enclosing wall. That of course is significant, but then consider that this particular wall may also act as an interior finish surface, provide a fire resistive structure, is infiltration free, provides a large amount of mass for maintaining temperature, stability and is resistant to sound transmission.

The loadbearing masonry system is truly one of versatility and economy. In masonry, it is easy to build an arch, circle, or change wall directions. Masonry provides the owner and designer with unequaled value and flexibility at a reasonable cost.

Masonry construction avoids waiting for fabrication and the problems associated with the accumulation of fabrication tolerances. Using a masonry system means that construction can begin immediately. The lead times are significantly lower, resulting in very little delay to get the project started.

Single contractor responsibility, fewer trades on the job and immediately available local materials provide the loadbearing masonry system with one of its greatest attributes, construction momentum. Continuity of progress on the jobsite helps to reduce construction problems as the crews return to the same job day after day. The resulting time savings in construction is important to the owner from an interim finance and an early occupancy standpoint.

The energy saving characteristic of a masonry system wall is second to none. A total thermal break in the wall can be provided with materials that will not lose their energy efficiency or allow infiltration. With mass on both sides of the insulation, as in a loadbearing cavity wall, large temperature swings are effectively moderated. Rising heating/cooling costs make the energy conservation aspects of using masonry more valuable.

Still not a firm believer as to why masonry is the best choice, the only choice for specific commercial projects? Let Upstate Masonry Institute guide you into the masonry world!