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Building with masonry offers a number of benefits for the homeowner including protection, low maintenance living, savings and value.
Masonry homes are energy efficient...learn how to evaluate the efficiency of various building material options.
Answers to questions regarding cost, home builders, insulation, R-value, pest resistance and sound-proofing qualities.
A List of Arizona Home Builders that Specialize in Masonry Design & Construction
The tools needed for masonry projects and how to use them.
Three terrific projects you can do to add to the beauty of your home.
Discover masonry within your community.
AMG and Habitat for Humanity team up to build earth friendly homes for families in need.
Winning projects of competitions that showcase the beauty and quality of masonry construction.
Building methods and materials that are ecologically responsible.
AMG meetings, seminar and conferences and community events regarding masonry.
Masonry industry news.
A publication designed to keep AMG members informed and up to date.
A monthly publication from Israel Torres, director of the  Arizona Registrar of Contractors.
Masonry projects in Arizona that are featured in High Profiles Arizona, a cover-to-cover development business news publication.
Excellence in Masonry Architectural Awards & Masonry: It Makes a Village Winners.
News on  masonry events.
AMG phone numbers, email address, mailing address and location.
Frequently Asked Questions


Money
Question
Does masonry construction cost more than conventional wood frame construction?
Answer
If you compare the cost of building a masonry home with the least expensive way to build a wood frame home, then the masonry home will probably cost more to build, especially the initial cost. Currently, builders are responding to homeowner's requests and building better insulated, tighter, higher performing homes. It costs more to build these high-performing wood frame homes so the price difference between wood and masonry is diminishing.


Masonry Home Under Construction
 
Question 
Can any builder build a masonry home?
Answer
Generally speaking, yes. However, most production builders build with wood frame and are not able to build a single masonry home in a subdivision of wood frame homes. Visit subdivisions that feature masonry builders and you will find the home you are looking for at a price you can afford. If you're planning to build a custom home, look for a custom builder who builds masonry homes on a regular basis. (Masonry homebuilders)


Fibergalss Insulation
 
Question 
How can masonry be insulated?
Answer
Several methods are available for insulating masonry. Masonry can be furred out inside the building and insulation placed between the furring strips, under the drywall. Several systems are available that place insulation in the block cavity. There also are systems available to place insulation on the outside of the masonry wall and for existing buildings, there is a liquid foam that can be injected into the cavity of the walls.


bugs, spiders, termites, scorpions
Question
Why are masonry homes more pest resistant?
Answer
Masonry is very solid and has fewer connections and penetrations than wood frame construction. The largest connection and point-of-entry for pests in wood frame construction is where the stem wall and the rest of the house meet (usually 6-8" above grade level). This connection is a very weak point and is rarely finished and sealed correctly. This connection also further invites pests because it is shaded by the protruding foam insulation. This connection is sealed and basically does not exist with most types of masonry construction. Also, masonry is not a cellulose food for termites.

 

Babies Ear
 
Question 
Is a masonry home quieter than wood construction?
Answer
Yes. Concrete block and other masonry products have better sound-proofing qualities than traditional wood frame and stucco. Sound can easily travel through air but it can also travel through and reverberate through materials. Wood and drywall are not solid enough and allow sound to travel through easily. Foam on the outside walls is a fairly good sound insulator but not as good as masonry block, with its rigidity and ability of repelling sound waves. Masonry's solid construction also has fewer openings to let sound in as well. Wood frame homes have studs spaced 16" or 24" apart. The space between the studs is filled with fiberglass batt insulation, which has little effect on reducing sound transmission.

 



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