Building construction is an entirely different world unto itself. It takes a lot of time to learn all the various building materials involved in building construction. The use of masonry has been an integral part of building construction for thousands of years. It means the blocks.
In the field of building construction, you need to have a thorough understanding of the different masonry walls that you can use. The kind of masonry wall you want to go for will typically depend on the motor mix materials. Here are the five types of masonry walls commonly used in building construction:We asked Marc Hodge of Oakland Masonry Pros to explain each of the five types of masonry walls he uses in patio construction, retaining wall design, brick installation and more.
Load-Bearing Masonry Wall
As the name suggests, this wall is capable of bearing a lot of load on it. It is commonly used in construction projects for tall buildings with many stories. This type of wall is made with concrete blocks, stones, and bricks. You can go for either reinforced or unreinforced load-bearing walls.
Reinforced Masonry Wall
Reinforced masonry wall allows the building to remain strong and withstand a lot of pressure. It can protect the walls and mitigate the damage caused by sudden natural disasters. It can also handle heavy loads quite easily.
More importantly, it is a life-saver when it comes to strong winds and heavy rains. The reinforced masonry wall is available in many types, such as reinforced grouted masonry, pocket type walls, hollow unit masonry, solid masonry, confined masonry, and cavity masonry.
Hollow/Cavity Masonry Wall
This type of masonry wall deliberately creates a hollow space between the exterior and interior face of the wall to maintain the temperature inside the building. The hollow spaces will typically have a water repellent coating to fight the moisture. As it is made using cement blocks, it is tremendously useful to prevent the issue of dampness. Once the moisture hits this kind of masonry wall, the moisture will drain downward and descend into ‘weepholes’ to protect the building.
Composite Masonry Walls
This type of masonry wall is made using many building materials such as hollow bricks, stones, and bricks. Hence, it helps to save a lot of money. It’s also high in quality and quite long-lasting. Many people find that it looks really good in visual terms. It can also help significantly improve the various defects in the building and give an overall positive appearance.
Post-Tensioned Masonry Wall
Just like a reinforced masonry wall, the post-tensioned masonry wall does an excellent job of protecting the building against strong winds or earthquakes. The foundation in the post-tensioned masonry wall will have an anchor of what is known as ‘post-tensioning rods.’ This type of wall is used for various kinds of buildings, in the construction of bridges and parking lots with multiple floors.
To Sum Up
If you are getting into the complex field of building construction, make sure to be well versed with these five types of masonry walls. You will want to research and learn more about them in detail, along with having a firm grasp of just how the entire process of building construction takes place.