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A Primer on Mortar Joints

Outdoor mortar joints need to be especially equipped to withstand water penetration as they will be directly exposed to the elements.

Portland Cement

Portland cement is used around the world as an ingredient in building materials such as concrete, mortar, stucco, and non-specialty grout.

Masonry Staining

Masonry staining utilizes a combination of art and science to produce a sheer, maintenance-free professional-grade stain to alter the color of masonry.

Flame Retardant Scoffold Sheeting Enables Cold Weather Work

Masons are able to perform outdoor work through the cold winter months by employing a special flame retardant scaffold sheeting manufactured by Monarflex s.r.o. (Slovakia).

Column Capitals

In architecture, the topmost part of a column is known as the capital. The term “capital” comes from the Latin word caput, which translated means “head”. This part of the column is designed to increase the load bearing area of the supporting surface of the column.


Scaffolding, also called staging, is a temporary structure used to support a work crew and materials to aid in the construction, maintenance, and repair of buildings and other man made structures. Scaffolds are widely used at the job site to reach heights and areas that would be otherwise difficult to access.  


Shoring is the process of temporarily supporting a building or structure with shores (or props) when there is the potential for collapse during repairs or alterations.

What Is “Cladding?”

By definition, the process of cladding is the application of one material over another to provide a skin or layer. In construction, cladding is used to provide an extra layer of protection against the weather to the exterior of a building.

What is an EIFS?

Often referred to as “synthetic stucco” (but not full-fledged concrete), an EIFS is a non-load bearing, exterior wall cladding system that consists of an insulation board attached either by adhesive or mechanically, or both, to the substrate.

Wet Weather Masonry Precautions

As the cold winter weather runs its course, wet weather in early spring is imminent. Even when the ambient temperature rises above 40 degrees Fahrenheit, you should consider the consequences of wet weather while planning any masonry construction project. Unless the site and buildings are protected, masonry construction should not continue during significant precipitation.

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