What is masonry?
Masonry involves the building of structures from units that are usually bound together with mortar. Materials such as brick, marble, granite, limestone, and concrete block are often used in masonry construction. These common and durable materials are used to build walls, walkways, fences, and other structures. Masonry can protect buildings from fires as it is non-combustible and can be more resistant to projectiles like debris from storms. On the other hand, degradation can occur through expansion and contraction associated with freeze-thaw cycles; masonry is also heavy and must have a strong foundation; additionally, it is more susceptible to oscillation from events like earthquakes. Masonry construction requires more skilled labor than some other types of basic construction. The overall durability of the masonry construction can vary depending on the quality of materials used, the quality of the workmanship, and the pattern in which the units are assembled.