What’s masonry? What’s a mason? Masonry is the ancient-to-modern art and craft of building and fabricating in stone, clay, brick or concrete block. The use of cement and construction of poured concrete, whether reinforced or unreinforced, is often considered masonry, too; as is stucco.
Stucco is primarily a masonry concrete product and is a form of covering for the structural, load-bearing construction of a dwelling or building or property. Note that stucco isn’t a construction type; rather, it’s material that’s covered over wood frame or masonry construction. Concrete stucco by a stucco Professional. AKA render or Portland Cement Plaster, stucco is a popular construction material comprised of aggregates, a binder and water. It’s applied wet and hardens to an extremely dense solid; used as a decorative coating for walls and ceilings, external building siding, as well as as a sculptural and artistic material in architecture. Click here to learn about the benefits of stucco exterior.
Expert concrete company Longwood-based ACCG, Inc. is a also a masonry Professional and block walls Professional, including stucco Professional, having served the Orlando area and central Florida since 2005!
Masonry, bricklaying and stonework — whichever name you want to call this ancient profession and skill — has a long and interesting history. It’s a respected and demanding expertise as a block wall masonry Professional, like Longwood-based ACCG, Inc. near Orlando and serving all of central Florida, as technology and knowledge continues to advance.
“The choice of masonry materials has always been influenced by the prevailing geological formations and conditions in a given area.
Stone and clay continued to be the primary masonry materials through the Middle Ages and later. A significant development in masonry construction in ancient times was the invention of concrete by the Romans. Although well-cut blocks of stone masonry could be erected without benefit of mortar, the Romans recognized the value of cement, which they made from pozzolanic tuff, a volcanic ash. Mixed with water, lime, and stone fragments, the cement was expanded into concrete.
Because it provided more freedom in shaping structures, concrete helped the Romans develop the arch into one of the great basic construction forms.
Masonry construction begins with extractive materials, such as clay, sand, gravel, and stone, usually mined from surface pits or quarries. The most widely used rocks are granite (igneous), limestone and sandstone (sedimentary), and marble (metamorphic). In addition to rocks, clays of varying types are manufactured into bricks and tiles. Concrete blocks are fabricated from cement, sand, aggregate, and water.
Many architects value masonry for its colour, scale, texture, pattern, and look of permanence. In addition to its aesthetic appeal, masonry has a number of other desirable properties, such as its value in controlling sound, resisting fire, and insulating against daily fluctuations in temperature.
Beginning with 20th-century housing, masonry was frequently used over wood-stud construction. Cavity walls, highly resistant to moisture, were often built of two vertical layers of masonry separated by a layer of insulating material. Some foundations were built of concrete blocks, and many building codes required the use of masonry in fire walls.”
Masonry, including stucco work and stucco Professional projects, can make a mess. Fortunately, our preferred commercial cleaning, residential cleaning and construction site cleanup Professional, Kissimmee-based JQS Commercial Cleaning, can supplement our tidying up efforts; resulting in one less task with which our residential masonry and commercial masonry customers need to worry themselves.