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Brick Masonry & Stone Masonry – Comparison

20 Sep 2021

Brick masonry and stone masonry comparison

When it comes to doing professional stone masonry work, always use one of the two traditional types, namely brick masonry or stone masonry, in old house renovations, historic home renovation, and other projects –

Each project has a unique need, so let’s dig into what that means:

  1. Brick is cheaper than stone, and easily constructed by stonemasons
  2. Stone masonry involves a minimum wall thickness of 35 cm but brick masonry require walls of 10 cm thickness that our stonemasons can also construct
  3. Stonemasons do brick onstruction quickly, but when it comes to something like an old house renovation with unique stone construction, the work is more slow and meticulous as the stone is harder to work with than brick.
  4. In terms of mortar, stonemasons use less for brick, but stone needs significantly more mortar which cannot be easily estimated beforehand.
  5. Stone masonry is stronger and more durable than brick, with no exceptions.
  6. As all stonemasons know from many old buildings renovation work, bricks are absorbent and not absorbing moisture makes the buildings damp, whereas stones are less adsorbent, hence stone walls or buildings are more damp proof in the long and short term.
  7. Whether a new build or historic home renovation, brick work cannot be allowed to come in contact with urine, sewage, etc., but stone work is not the same, so does not create this issue
  8. Stone work is not as fire-resistant as brick, something to consider when renovating an old cottage, for example.
  9. Good ornamental work can be cheaply and easily done in plaster, but it is not possible in stone masonry, as all stonemasons know well.
  10. With stone not being uniform and regular in shape, the proper bond can be easily obtained in the case of bricks as compared with stones.
  11. Stone masonry allows greater absorption of heat, more than bricks, so great for old building restoration.

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