Benefits of building with masonry
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Nearly everyone has a dream about building his or her own home from the ground up. Building a new home allows one to have total control over each aspect of the house, from the shape and size of the kitchen cabinets to the number of walk-in closets.
The most important item to consider when building a home is what type of material to use. There are many options available, but for a long-lasting, low-maintenance material that never goes out of style, masonry is the best option.
Masonry is essentially the construction of a structure using stone and mortar. Some of the most common building materials used in masonry include brick, marble, granite, concrete block, tile and limestone.
One of the most attractive features of using masonry is the longevity of the product. Whether choosing stucco, stone, or brick, masonry is a sturdy material that will withstand the test of time. Many other types of materials work well but require regular reinforcement. Any homeowner that has had to spend thousands of dollars to have a rotting or molded exterior wall replaced understands the physical and cost-savings benefits to using masonry to build a home.
Another benefit of building with masonry is that it is both fire and weather resistant. Masonry can withstand a range of harsh weather conditions, from extreme heat to extreme cold. Masonry is also the best defense against severe storms and UV degradation.
Houses built with masonry are virtually maintenance free. Fungus and mold do not accumulate on masonry. Regular exterior cleaning, which is both necessary and expensive in homes with vinyl siding, is unneeded for brick or stone homes.
Lastly, masonry also provides superior insulation. This means that homes stay cooler in the hot summer months, and keep the warmth in during cold weather. Not only is this more comfortable for homeowners, but it also keeps utility bills lower than other forms of building materials.
Angie’s List can help you find a highly rated Washington D.C. masonry contractor. There are currently more than 800 masonry contractors in the D.C. area alone. Don’t get stuck making a bad hiring decision.