Understanding the Various Types of Masonry Work

Masonry Work Can Offer Structural Strength, Curb Appeal to Toronto Properties

A Workman Working On a WallThere are times when people engaged in conversation will use a word that is not entirely correct but the intent is clearly understood by all parties. One common example would be the frequent transposition of further and farther; the former should be used when the distance apart is unknown and the latter should be used when distances are known, but people generally understand both words to mean some degree or estimation of length.

Another common occurrence is the manner in which the terms masonry and brick work are often used interchangeably. While both might bring to mind images of strong/solid walls or buildings during a conversation, masonry is actually a more encompassing term. Masonry can be formally defined as a durable method of construction performed by the fusing together of materials through the use of mortar (a paste form of cement); these materials can include:

  • Brick
  • Stone
  • Marble
  • Concrete

Within the scope of masonry work, there are basically two types or styles, consisting of:

  • Solid Masonry
    • Can be freestanding or incorporated as part of a larger structure
    • Can sustain its own weight and withstand the elements of nature
  • Veneer Masonry
    • Generally used for aesthetics rather than weight-bearing purposes
    • Material is attached to the exterior of a separate support structure

Masonry structures, interior and exterior, can satisfy a number of needs and/or functions for homes and properties; some of the more common reasons for which the services of expert masonry contractors are required would be:

  • Chimneys
  • Entranceways
  • Retaining Walls
  • Hearths or Fireplaces
  • Walkways, Porches, Steps

While brick, stone, concrete, and marble can all add strength and aesthetic/curb appeal in their own right, the actual choice of material could be dependent on the type of job or structure, its location, and the style of the accompanying surroundings. Property owners in Toronto who are contemplating some type of masonry work for their home, office, or landscaping may want to consult with the experts from the masonry division of Avenue Road Roofing and capitalize on the knowledge and expertise of these contractors with respect to project planning and construction.

See masonry work for additional information on the scope of masonry work provided by the specialists from Avenue Road Roofing.

Comprehensive Masonry Services and Repairs for Your Building and Property

A Masonry Worker WorkingSometimes, homeowners or property owners might inherit masonry work that is in need of repairs; whether the result of poor workmanship, prior neglect, water penetration, or prolonged exposure to the elements, masonry can display signs of distress such as:

  • Loose bricks or stone and/or mortar
  • Cracks in the material and/or in the mortar
  • Stress cracks – diagonal or stair-step patterns
  • Bowing, bulging, or buckling (often an external wall)
  • Spalling – flaking/crumbling of the outer layer (bricks)
  • Efflorescence – crystalline or salt deposits on the surface

Any/all of the above concerns can contribute to the weakening of the masonry work and, depending on the principal role of that work, to the deterioration of the entire structure. When confronted with such circumstances, Toronto property owners can rely on the skills of Avenue Road Roofing’s masonry crews to provide prompt and efficient repairs.

The range of masonry repairs and services for home and property offered by the Avenue Road Roofing team include:

  • Waterproofing
  • Brick replacement
  • Chimney repairs/rebuilds
  • Fireplace construction/repairs
  • Parapet wall construction/repairs
  • Window sill replacement (brick or stone)
  • Formed concrete – porches, stairs, walks, walls
  • Tuck-pointing or repointing (i.e. mortar joint repairs)

More information on the extent of Avenue Road Roofing’s masonry services is obtainable by visiting masonry repairs

If you are considering new masonry work for your home or property or require repairs to existing brick, stone, or concrete masonry, call the experts from Avenue Road Roofing at 416-785-5129 today or contact us to request a no-obligation consultation and quote on the respective services of our masonry division.