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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.

“I don't think MCAA members realize how much they can save!”

Anna Weickhardt
KMI-Kalish Masonry, LLC
MCAA member since 2011

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