Benefits of hiring a Charlotte masonry contractor
Are bricks coming loose from your precariously perched chimney? Are the bricks on your home’s foundation loose or missing? Are you building a home and want to give the exterior a unique facade?
If so, you need a highly qualified Charlotte masonry contractor — a skilled tradesman able to build with clay, concrete, bricks or natural stone. Bricklayers have left their mark for thousands of years on architecture around the world, from the Pyramids at Giza in Egypt and the Great Wall of China to the Washington Monument. According to the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA), more than 70 percent of buildings worldwide are built with a masonry product like brick or stone.
The Masonry Institute says about one-third of all costs associated with a building are spent on construction, while the remaining two-thirds spent on maintenance. The Institute suggests that brick can help lower a building’s maintenance costs. Though they cost more to build, brick homes discourage mold growth and generally sell for 6 percent more than non-brick homes, Institute officials say.
Masonry is desirable because of its survival against the elements, durability and versatility. Those living in mason homes may find that they pay less for homeowners insurance because of their resistance to fire, tornadoes, hurricanes, strong winds, rainstorms, hail and insects, each of which can damage homes and lead to expensive claims.
The MCAA says masonry is an eco-friendly building system because it’s made of natural materials, is easily recycled and does not let off gases and toxins, such as from fires. Even homes that are made primarily of materials other than brick or stone can benefit from brick or stone-based improvements, such as decorative walls, bricked walkways or pillars to support wrought iron fencing.
Because of standards put in place by the International Masonry All-Weather Council, mason work can be done year round and in all climates.
As with any other contractor, consumers wanting the services of a Charlotte masonry contractor need to get three estimates, request references and check insurance and licensure.