The gamut of masonry materials is extensive, and it’s best to choose low-maintenance options. Whether it’s a residential or commercial building, you want it to take minimal effort to keep the structure in the best shape. This goal is achievable by choosing durable masonry materials that don’t require much effort to clean or repair. Here are a few low-maintenance masonry materials to consider.
First: What ARE Masonry Materials?
We’re sure that brick and stone first come to mind when thinking about these materials. However, many variations of masonry brick and stone exist, including:
- Adobe: (a dried, mud brick including natural elements such as earth, water, and sun)
- Cast Stone
- Concrete Block
The climate is a determining factor in which material will is best, based on durability and maintenance needs. In the DMV, we experience all types of weather extremes. Therefore, you want your brick or stone that can withstand the elements. For example, marble’s best applications are places where there isn’t a lot of foot traffic.
Best Masonry Materials When It’s Frigid
- Brick: Brick is cost-effective and durable. Additionally, the cleanup and repair process doesn’t require much effort. Plus, this material can withstand hot and cold weather because it’s an excellent thermal conductor. Brick absorbs heat during the day and retains warmth when the temperature drops. Also, moisture won’t ruin brick completely. However, we suggest keeping brick walkways free of debris that traps moisture, not stacking things next to exterior brick walls to prevent water damage, and using magnesium versus rock salt to de-ice brick walkways and avoid deterioration.
- Stone: Stone is beautiful, serves as an excellent insulator and ranks high in structural durability. Quarried or rough-cut stones are best for cold climates to retain warmth. Seal stone and keep it cleaned annually to prevent damage.
- Concrete Blocks: Concrete blocks are outstanding in absorbing less moisture. Keep concrete debris-free, like with any material, and consider using sand as a de-icer. Additionally, you can reinforce concrete with a rebar to make it more robust and not as susceptible to damage.
Stucco is Excellent for Warm Climates
If your yard or outdoor area is sun-facing, consider stucco. You can paint or stain this material to protect it from the elements. Additionally, it needs a yearly rinse and gentle scrub to remove buildup.
Other Low-Maintenance Considerations
- Roofing: Clay, concrete, and slate last up to 100 years.
- Stairs: Concrete, stone, and brick withstand heavy foot traffic. Proper sealing and maintenance techniques ensure these materials last.
- Decks/Porches: Pavers are best for hardscaping projects because they are low-maintenance and easy to repair.
Contact Lanham Construction today whenever you’re ready to add the best and low-maintenance masonry materials to your home or business.
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