Brick Masonry vs. Stone Masonry

Masonry serves a wide variety of purposes. It is used to build structures and is one of the oldest forms of construction. Masonry was used to build the pyramids in Egypt, many medieval cathedrals, and the Roman aqueducts.

This type of construction remains one of the strongest. Today, you’ll see masonry handiwork in things like chimneys, exterior walls, retaining walls, foundations, patios, and decorative walkways.

While brick and stone masonry are equally popular, great, and super strong, it can be hard to decide which one to go with. So, we’ve tried to make it a bit easier for you. Read on so you’re in the know and can make the best decision for your project.

What is Brick Masonry?

Let’s start with an overview of brick masonry. In brick masonry, bricks and mortar are used to create structures like what we listed above. Bricks, those small, rectangular blocks, are made from clay and baked in a kiln to make them hard. 

In this construction process, the bricks are stacked one on top of another and stuck together with mortar. This method is great for making walls, chimneys, and other parts of houses. Brick buildings can last a long time—easily 100 years or more—and need little upkeep. They also look nice and are great for those who want that modern or classic appearance. 

What is Stone Masonry?

Now, let’s dig (pun intended) into stone masonry. This type of masonry uses natural stones instead of bricks to build structures. Unlike bricks, stones come in various sizes, shapes, and colors, giving stone masonry an appearance that looks great and is totally unique. Because of the very nature of the stone, no two stone masonry projects will be identical. 

Like brick masonry, stones are also laid and bonded together with mortar. However, stone masonry can require more skill to ensure that the irregular shapes fit together perfectly without using an excess amount of mortar. This type of masonry is super strong, and these structures can last for centuries. 

That said, stone masonry works well for walls, foundations, and decorative features in homes. 

Why Choose Brick Over Stone or Vice Versa?

This begs the obvious question: why choose one over the other? In most cases, the answer is all about your personal preferences. You may prefer the uniform look of brick. Or, you may prefer the varied look that comes with stone. 

Additionally, consider the cost and maintenance. Brick masonry tends to be less expensive and easier to maintain than stone because bricks are uniform and available. Stone masonry can be more costly due to the labor-intensive process of fitting irregular stones together. 

The local climate and the structure’s intended use may also influence your choice. In areas with severe weather, the strength and resistance of the chosen material to the harsh weather conditions should be considered. 

In Need of Expert Masonry?

If you have a construction project that requires masonry, chances are that this is not something you want to tackle on your own. Most homeowners opt for expert masonry installation to ensure the best possible completed project and to ensure excess cost isn’t wasted on mistakes.

At Bruno Guerriero Construction Inc., we provide expert masonry installation, repair, and restoration services. Contact us today! Give us a call or fill out our online contact form