Masonry refers to a construction method that uses brick, stones and concrete blocks along with mortar as the primary binding material. This type of construction requires highly skilled and trained masons who can construct it using a variety of materials. The materials can be natural stone (igneous, sedimentary or metamorphic), manufactured forms of clay brick and concrete block and cast stone. Brick and concrete block are typically laid with a special substance called mortar, while stone can either be put in mortar or dry stacked.
The purpose of masonry is to create walls that are strong and durable. These walls will be load bearing in most cases and may also provide a thermal mass that helps regulate temperature inside of the building. Masonry can also help in reducing noise transmission within the structure.
One of the advantages to masonry construction is that it is typically faster than other construction methods. This is because materials can be brought to the job site and laying of them can happen right away. Unlike other construction techniques where there is a delay waiting for materials to be prepared or fabricated offsite.
Masonry projects also have fewer errors than other construction types. This is because mason contractors stay at the job site and have a good feel for the project. This also allows them to make adjustments as needed without delay. This results in a more efficient process and a building that is built the way it was intended to be.