Can any home builder build a masonry home?
Most production builders build with wood frames and are not able to build a single masonry home in a subdivision of wood frame homes. If you want to build a home with pure masonry, it's always better to get a professional, full-time mason than a generic kind of home builder.
Does masonry cost more than a conventional wood frame?
The initial costs of a wood frame are certainly lower than building with masonry, but you have to consider the big picture. Masonry is resistant to fire and insects, which means there are fewer concerns once the home is built.
Can masonry be insulated?
Yes, and there are several different methods available. It can be furred out inside the building and insulation is placed between the furring strips, under the drywall. It is also possible to place the insulation in the block cavity. There are also systems to place the insulation outside if that's what you prefer.
How often should brick or stone be repointed?
A good repointing job is meant to last between 50 and 100 years. Of course, shortcuts and poor craftsmanship will require repointing more frequently. Let us take a look at it and we'll be happy to let you know whether you need repointing.
How should I decide whether to rebuild or repair masonry?
Every situation is different, which is why you should give us a call to arrange for an inspection today.