Masonry

The term “masonry” refers to construction with stone. Masonry is the building of structures from brick, stone such as marble, granite, travertine, limestone; concrete block, glass block, stucco, and tile laid in and bound together by mortar. The materials used, the quality of the mortar and workmanship, and the pattern in which the units are assembled can significantly affect the durability of the overall masonry construction.

Dry masonry is masonry which is put together without mortar. Technically, masonry consists of blocks which are attached to each other and supported with mortar, so one could question the use of the term “dry masonry,” but it is generally accepted.

Cement Mortar

Cement mortar is a building compound created by mixing sand and a selection of aggregates with a specified amount of water. Hardscape projects often employ mortar as the binder between bricks in walls, fences, and walkways. Sometimes referred to as sand cement, mortar blends today often incorporate different grades of plastics to create various types of polymer cement mortars.

Mortar has been used for centuries as a means of adhering bricks or concrete blocks to one another. Mortar is used as the binder between bricks in walls, fences, and walkways.

Formal Masonry Patio

Formal Masonry Patio

Before Masonry Patio

Before Masonry Patio
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After Masonry Patio
Building a Masonry Retaining Wall and Steps

Building a Masonry Retaining Wall and Steps

Finished Masonry Retaining Wall and Steps
Finished Masonry Retaining Wall and Steps

Masonry Steps

Masonry steps are steps that are created using such masonry products as bricks, cement blocks, stone, or hollow tiles. Steps of this type are usually created by using mortar to bind the building elements into a cohesive and sturdy unit. Masonry stairs and steps can be utilized as an exterior design element.

Beginning Masonry Front Steps
Beginning Masonry Front Steps
Finished Masonry Front Steps, Pathway and Arbor
Finished Masonry Front Steps, Pathway and Arbor
Bluestone Masonry Stairs
Bluestone Masonry Stairs
Bluestone Patio with Brick Wall
Bluestone Patio with Brick Wall

Properly maintained, masonry can also last a very long time; masonry walls from the medieval era, for example, are still in use in parts of Europe, and the Great Wall of China is a particularly notable example of a masonry wall. Brick, stone, concrete block, and cultured stone can be used in the construction of a masonry wall.

Masonry Retaining Wall Cinder block with Concrete Interior
Masonry Retaining Wall Cinder block with Concrete Interior
Masonry Retaining Wall / Limestone Cap and Cultured Stone

Masonry Retaining Wall / Limestone Cap and Cultured Stone

Masonry Retaining Wall Complimented with New Landscape
Masonry Retaining Wall Complimented with New Landscape
Masonry Retaining Wall Steps with Limestone Treads
Masonry Retaining Wall Steps with Limestone Treads
Poolside Masonry Apron
Poolside Masonry Apron
Masonry Brick Steps Construction
Masonry Brick Steps Construction
Masonry Brick Steps Completed
Masonry Brick Steps Completed
Dry Field Stone Retaining Wall with Columns
Dry Field Stone Retaining Wall with Columns
Dry Field Stone Retaining Wall / Solid Bluestone Steps
Dry Field Stone Retaining Wall / Solid Bluestone Steps
Dry Field Stone Column with Light
Dry Field Stone Column with Light
In dry stone masonry correct placement and design is crucial, as imbalance can pull a whole structure down.
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