Introduction to Block Masonry

About Block Masonry


Block Masonry Block masonry is a building material which is commonly used for building walls and veneer structures. There are 3 main types of masonry materials which are produced and these include concrete, brick and stone. Block masonry is manufactured under new echniques. Mass production lines of block masonry allows the user to purchase the materials by the pallet or as needed; ready for immediate installation. Masonry materials offer many attributes as they are also very versatile.

The installation of block masonry consists of 2 main methods. Mortar installation is one of the most common installation techniques. Mortar is used as the joint material between each block. It binds the structure creating a solid and stable wall. Dry stack is another installation technique where the blocks interlock with one and other without the use of a mortar. This installation method is commonly used for retaining walls and feature walls.


Concrete Block Masonry

Concrete blocks are made from cement, aggregates, sand and water. This mixture is poured into block molds of various shapes and sizes. Concrete blocks are becoming very popular for all types of applications as they are readily available and easily installed. They can be enhanced during production to become fire rated, water resistant, and sound and noise proof. Concrete masonry blocks are highly versatile and durable. They are a lightweight material which can easily be moved around the job site also. When a concrete block application gets underway homeowners or contractors should follow local building guides to ensure the blocks are up to the building codes standards.

Brick Block Masonry

Brick Masonry Brick blocks are another common masonry material which is used for a wide variety of applications. Traditional bricks offer a reddish tone of color and can be very stylish when applied as veneers or wall structures. They can be reinforced for structural and load bearing applications. The sizing of this type of block masonry varies between manufacturers. Homeowners can have shapes and sizes customized to best suit the applications requirements. Brick blocks can be assembled in a wide variety of patterns such as running bond.

Stone Block Masonry

Stone BlocksStone block masonry is commonly used to construct residential, commercial and industrial properties. Stone blocks are a mixture of Portland cement, sand, fine aggregates and water. This mixture is put through a molding process and once completed produces a wide variety of block shapes and sizes. Color pigments can be added to the mixture to produce different shades.

Uses and Applications

Masonry blocks can be used for a wide variety of applications. They are a very popular choice for assembling exterior applications such as:

  • Retaining Walls
  • Veneer
  • Steps
  • Residential Homes
  • Pavements
  • Siding
  • Columns
  • Feature Walls
  • Chimney Block
  • Keystone Block

Block MasonryBlock Masonry materials can be installed and applied by DIY's for smaller projects. Larger applications may require professional installation as reinforcement and engineering may be required. Masonry architects can help homeowners in designing and planning the block masonry application. This will help homeowners in achieving a successful and eye pleasing application. Block masonry materials are available in solid, interlocking and hollow styles.

Rendering Block Masonry

Block masonry once installed can be enhanced with style and creativity, especially for veneer and home applications. Rendering is defined by a concrete or cement mixture being smoothed over the block application. The render material can contain a color or a different texture. Homeowners have the choice from a wide variety of colors and textures. Block masonry applications can be transformed into individual and stylish applications which will also assist in increasing the property value. Rendering can hide the plain coloring of block masonry which is generally of a gray, red or brownish tone. Rendering materials can be purchased from local retailers as a DIY product; it is generally a paint on material and is simple for handy homeowners to apply.