masonry is a timeless art form that goes back
to the great Egyptian pyramids, Greek temples
and Roman cities. Many of those structures are
still standing today! Masonry has always been
the choice for enduring, natural beauty. In modern
times, masonry has been the choice for residences
because of the strength and
durability of masonry.
art of the
reason is value offered to the homebuyer. Another
reason is that many builders are turning to environmentally
(earth-friendly) building methods,
and masonry products play a large role in "green
uilding with masonry offers a number of benefits for the homeowner including
protection, low maintenance living, savings and
Exterior Walls that will hold up to heavy storms, U.V. degradation, blistering heat, and sub-zero temperatures."
Exterior walls made of masonry means
there's no wood to eat!
from Rotting, Mold & Fungus -
With no exterior wood on the walls, there
is nothing to rot and masonry plays a large
role in significantly reducing or eliminating
the build-up of fungus and mildew between
interior and exterior walls. Such problems
have been known to contribute to health
aliments including chronic fatigue, asthma
and throat infections. Clearly, masonry
homes are healthier for its inhabitants.
Masonry homes are also nearly air-tight,
making them allergy resistant as well.
Sound Proofing -
Masonry blocks out noise better than
materials, resulting in a quieter home
Maintenance Free - When used in
its natural form, masonry provides lasting
beauty that requires considerably less
maintenance than other building materials.
Utility Bills -
Concrete block, combined with 'thermal
systems, stores more energy, meaning it
stays warmer in winter and cooler in summer,
reducing electric consumption, therefore
lower utility bills.
Insurance Premiums -
Because masonry provides higher levels
of security, fire
and termite protection, and does a better
job of weathering the storm, many insurance
companies offer up to 15% discounts on
||Environmentally-Friendly "Green" Products -
Masonry products play a large role in ecologically
responsible building methods
and is recognized by government programs
as a contributor to green building status.
In many cases, building within "green
built" guidelines results in impact
fee, tax breaks and permit fee savings
for the homebuilder. Masonry products are
earth-friendly because they do not deplete
precious natural and limited resources
Resale Appeal -
There's a widely-held opinion, supported
by studies, that masonry
homes offer a greater resale value than
other forms of construction. Key reasons
are the fact that masonry homes are high
quality, low maintenance homes.
(Special thanks to Carolinas Concrete Masonry Association)
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