Brick Masonry http://brick1masonry.com Tue, 19 Mar 2019 08:18:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 http://brick1masonry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/new-logo-36x36.jpg Brick Masonry http://brick1masonry.com 32 32 Everything You Need to Know About Stucco http://brick1masonry.com/everything-about-stucco http://brick1masonry.com/everything-about-stucco#respond Thu, 21 Feb 2019 07:51:38 +0000 http://brick1masonry.com/?p=494 Stucco is a common finish for most home constructions and can be vital not only for a house’s overall look but also for its protection. But since it is known to need the personal touch of a professional, the decision in finding someone to properly do your stucco in Tulsa, OK needs a lot of consideration. The question is: How can you do that if you’re still asking, “What is it anyway? What is it made of?”

What is Stucco and How is it Used?

Stucco is also known as a Portland Cement plaster, a type of siding that is hard and durable, used for both internal and external parts of a structure. While there are ready-mixed stucco products in the market, it is usually made from cement, sand, lime, and of course, water – all of which are mixed together on-site. It is normally applied over a galvanized wire mesh which serves as the stucco’s foundation and adhesive to the rest of the structure.

Professional brick contractors in Tulsa, OK can apply stucco by hand or by machine. This can be done on concrete walls, frame structures, cinder blocks, clay bricks, or even adobe. It is usually done in either two processes: three-coat stucco or one-coat stucco.

Three-coat Stucco

This is the traditional process of applying stucco, involving paper and wire for the lath, a scratch coat, a brown coat, and the finish coat. The scratch coat is the base layer made of Portland cement, sand, lime, and water. When applied, horizontal lines are scratched onto it, for adhesive purposes. Meanwhile, the brown coat is coated over the scratch layer with a Darby or a long trowel for flattening and smoothing. And after that, the finish is spread with a hawk and trowel and can be applied in all sorts of textures, depending on the aesthetics you’re going for. These coat layers are applied on the lath one at a time with a thickness of 3/8 inch, 3/8 inch, and 1/8 inch respectively. Nowadays, these coats are available in different colors so that there’s no more need to paint the surfaces afterward.

One-coat Stucco

This pertains to a mixture of Portland cement, fibers, sand, chemicals, and water. Most people are confused by this process due to its name because one-coat stucco actually consists of two layers. There was a time when even the colored finish coat was blended into the mixture, but this resulted in uneven texture and color, so the process was later improved to become a two-coat process. In this case, the scratch and brown coats are combined into a single application and are coated over a rigid foam board and lath, before the finish coating is applied.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Stucco

Whether you go for three-coat or one-coat, stucco is still low-cost, durable, and versatile. It can be applied to almost all sorts of surfaces, such as concrete, bricks, wood, or even steel. It’s even fire-resistant, so in a way, it boosts the safety of your home.

However, stucco also has its drawbacks. The main disadvantage would be its porous nature, which means water can seep through it quite easily, causing quick degeneration of the material. This also means that the house, as a whole, can be vulnerable to moisture damage, such as molds or frame decay over time.

Conclusion

All this basically shows that stucco is a great material to use on your sidings, being versatile, convenient, and inexpensive, but these are balanced by its drawbacks which are usually more problematic in wetter areas. It takes a true expert to know how to construct the stucco around your home to minimize the disadvantages and maximize the benefits, so you’ll really have to put great thought in your decisions once you begin looking for someone to do your stucco.

We at Brick1 Masonry create the most high-quality stucco in Tulsa, OK. We guarantee high satisfaction through any and all of our services. These services are holistic and thorough, which means that we can do whatever you would require of us, whether that’s stucco application or repair. Get in touch with us now, and feel free to browse through the rest of our website to know more about us and our services. Here at Brick1 Masonry, we get the job done wherever, however, no matter how big or small. And that also goes for stucco.

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Latest Brick Patterns for Your Walkway this 2019 http://brick1masonry.com/latest-brick-patterns-for-walkway-2019 http://brick1masonry.com/latest-brick-patterns-for-walkway-2019#respond Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:22:09 +0000 http://brick1masonry.com/?p=480 Let’s talk about walkways. Whenever we talk about a homeowner’s property, rarely does the word walkway ever get mentioned. Why? Well, there’s nothing much to talk about it other than it’s made of concrete or stone slabs that guide people to the entrance of the home. But, is it really all there is to walkways? You, as a homeowner, might not notice it too, but your walkway can actually boost the appeal of your home. In fact, there are brick contractors in Tulsa, OK who can create a walkway that can accent the beauty of your home and captivate visitors before they even enter the abode. And yes, dear reader, if you’re thinking that that concrete walkway you have will no longer make the cut, you’re not mistaken. It’s time to shift to bricks or stone, and explore some of the most awe-spiring brick patterns you may consider for your walkway design:

 

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 The Flemish bond doesn’t hail from Flanders. In fact, its origins are still undetermined to this day. But because of the design’s association with contemporary buildings in the Low Countries, the name “Flemish bond” was bestowed to the pattern. This involved a combination of both headers and stretchers being shown on the face of a walkway. To understand this section better, it’s important to note that header pertains to the square face of a brick, while stretcher is the rectangular face. The contractor starts the first layer with a brick showcasing either the header or the stretcher, and the next one will be a different face. If the contractor starts with a header, the adjacent one would have to be a stretcher and vice versa. This will be repeated until the desired width of the walkway is met.

 

Diagonal bond

 This is by far one of the easiest among the list. So for those of you who want to finish the job immediately, you can tell your contractor to do a diagonal bond for you. It involves the basic brick layout, but instead of laying them in a horizontal fashion, they are tilted to about 45 degrees to give it that diagonal look. Now, it involves a bit of cutting for the bricks to fit seamlessly on the edge of the walkway, but that’s not a problem with contractors as they have the right equipment to do precision cuts. It’s achieved by utilizing stretchers and laying them out in a tilted linear fashion. The next layer is made as an offshoot to the existing layer, the third offshoots the second one, and so on and so forth.

Whorled Brick Pattern

 The whorl pattern is considered to be one of the most complex designs out there, but there is no denying that it caters to the designer’s imagination. The use of various cutting tools and brick colors is highly recommended, if not required, to pull off this design. The contractor would first start off by placing bricks in a cross pattern in the middle of the designated area. They then use that as a reference point when they begin creating a circular pattern around the cross using different colored bricks, depending on the homeowner’s preference. The circular pattern is then repeated until the whole area is covered. They also cut pieces of the same material to cover the gaps between the bricks. This pattern is so intricate that it is nearly impossible to have it rushed. So be patient.

The above-mentioned brick patterns are just a few of the many designs you can consider. There are other patterns which can also give your home a better look. But whatever your choices are, it’s you who will decide what works best for your home. And getting the best results is just a matter of working with the right people.

At Brick 1 Masonry, we have exceptional brick contractors available in Tulsa, OK who are highly skilled at various brick patterns and layouts. Making an intricate brick walkway is a walk in the park for our guys. We’ll make sure that your walkway will look as good as your home. All it takes is for you to give us a call or send us an email. You can also reach us by sending us a direct message on our CONTACT page. Who says home improvement is only limited to the home itself? At Brick 1 Masonry, we go above and beyond!

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Solid Vs. Veneer Masonry: The Pros And Cons http://brick1masonry.com/solid-vs-veneer-masonry http://brick1masonry.com/solid-vs-veneer-masonry#respond Fri, 21 Dec 2018 02:12:16 +0000 http://brick1masonry.com/?p=465 Brick contractors, not only in Tulsa, OK, but all around the world would agree that masonry work is a type of construction that is lauded in its beauty and stability. Masonry these days have evolved from the masonry we knew back in ancient times. Nowadays, the technicalities that come with masonry cannot be denied. But for readers like you, it all boils down to business: What’s the better choice? And so we’re providing you with the pros and cons of two of the basic types of constructing masonry brick walls, so you can have a better grasp of what type of application is better suited for your home.

Solid Vs. Veneer Masonry

The two basic types of constructing masonry brick walls to be tackled are solid masonry and veneer masonry. Let’s learn more about both types and see which one fits your preference and needs.

SOLID MASONRY

What is Solid Masonry?

Solid masonry consists of an outer layer of either brick or stone and an inner layer of the same or different material. These layers are commonly known as the “Wythe” in the masonry sphere. The way by which solid masonry is constructed is similar to the Lego blocks your child plays with, stacked together in an upward fashion. It is important to take note that the purpose of the construction is not merely aesthetic; rather, it also serves as a supporting constitution of the entire wall structure.

Solid Masonry Pros

On-site construction

Veneer masonry materials, such as sheathing, need to be manufactured before they can be utilized for modern home construction. Solid masonry, on the other hand, can be constructed without the need for other materials aside from bricks, or cinder blocks and concrete for the inner wythe.

Durability

As compared to veneer masonry, solid masonry provides structural integrity. There are numerous accounts of solid masonry-based buildings that are able to withstand earthquakes and fires. So if you’re looking to hire brick contractors for you Tulsa, OK home, you might want to consider what solid masonry can do in terms of structural integrity.

Solid Masonry Cons

Limits for insulation

Though solid masonry aids in natural insulation, there is only so much that it can retain. Because there are little to no gaps between the layers, there is limited space to place insulators within the wall or surface.

Costly

Solid masonry is considered to be an expensive type of construction. One has to consider the effort and skill it takes for a professional contractor to do the job. Plus, you have to spend more on materials such as brick or stone, since you will be using these for not just one layer of the wall. While bricks are one of the best materials which are used in wall construction, be mindful that opting for Solid Masonry can still cost a significant amount as compared to other techniques. With that said, this type of construction may not be ideal for homeowners who have limited budgets.

 

VENEER MASONRY

What is Veneer Masonry?

Veneer masonry uses the same application of surface development, using stone or brick layered together to form a structure. The difference of veneer masonry is that, in the essence of wall construction, the stone or brick only serves as the sidings. Unlike solid masonry in which the construction of the wall will serve both as a facade and a supporting structure, in veneer masonry, it will serve as an independent entity from the actual wall of the house and not as a frame of the house itself. Think of it as siding. Its purpose is to add an outer layer to the house’s frame.

Veneer Masonry Pros

Cost-efficient

As stated before, it’s basically a siding so all the contractor would need is enough material to layer the surface of your home. The stone or brick you use is already cut from the whole block, meaning you are only spending for the portion of the stone.

Insulation

Veneer materials are being rated based on their ability to resist heat. This is what is known as the R-value. Take note that the higher the R-value, the greater is the insulating effectiveness of that particular material. With this in mind, veneer construction helps increase R-value because it allows for the installation of insulating sheets on the subsiding, a feature that solid masonry does not provide.

Cons

Installation

Sheathing material, air space, weep holes, sills, and flashings all have to be installed to ensure that the brick veneer would not succumb to moisture or crumble down. Because of this, it is better left to the professionals. There’s also the fact that as compared to solid masonry builders, there are significantly fewer professionals who can do veneer work.

No Add-ons

Taking from what has been mentioned above, a veneer is a siding. It does not replace an existing wall frame; rather, it’s just covering the existing top layer of a wall. Sidings like that of veneer work only add a touch of beauty to the surface of a wall. So if you’re looking to make your wall more structurally sound, veneer masonry will not provide you with what you seek.

In conclusion, both types of masonry have their pros and cons, if you’re opting for maximum durability, solid masonry is definitely the way to go, but if you’re leaning towards aesthetics, veneer masonry is the viable option for you. Just remember not to rush your decisions. Other critical factors your house might need may not be met if you choose either of the two.

Whatever option you choose, we at Brick 1 Masonry provide excellent masonry solutions for your home. We are the premier source for brickwork and masonry repair in Tulsa. If you are in need of a new facelift for your home, whether it be stucco application, brickwork, or masonry work for your private residence, give us a call and let’s talk about how we can help you improve your home. We do all kinds of masonry work that’s perfect for your home. All it takes is for you to pick up that phone and contact us. Remember that choosing one can have both its pros and cons, but with the proper installation, they will definitely serve their purpose well. 

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Wood VS Masonry: Why The Latter is More Beneficial For You and Your Wallet! http://brick1masonry.com/wood-vs-masonry-why-the-latter-is-more-beneficial-for-you-and-your-wallet http://brick1masonry.com/wood-vs-masonry-why-the-latter-is-more-beneficial-for-you-and-your-wallet#respond Fri, 16 Nov 2018 22:11:13 +0000 http://brick1masonry.com/?p=436 With the high prices taking their toll on American citizens these days, it’s common to see people opting NOT to hire a masonry contractor for their homes and instead, settle for the usual general contractor. It’s totally understandable to go for the more convenient option. But what most people do not see are the benefits that one can get when hiring a masonry specialist, both for construction and masonry repair in places like Tulsa as well as in other areas across the country. There are numerous advantages of hiring one for your home, and here are the top 5 reasons why you should do it:

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Alright, so you’re opting to build your home from the ground up, or maybe you want to add some new features to your house, or you simply wish to improve your humble abode. So, you hire a contractor to do the job. The thing is, majority of the materials used for such construction would usually be made of wood, and we all know how wood reacts to prolonged exposure to water.

If you’re one who lives in Tulsa or other fairly rainy areas, you’d be worrying about wood rot in the future. This will only lead you to spend more on repairs you’re not ready for. That is why hiring a masonry contractor would be a better option for you. Instead of wood, masonry contractors usually use stone and brick which are materials that are not susceptible to water damage. This means you don’t have to worry about any unnecessary repairs brought about by water as it simply trickles down to the ground, leaving the masonry work unaffected for decades to come.

Sustainability

The environment is becoming a huge concern these days. And with home improvement steadily on the rise, the use of natural resources is at an all-time high. What makes masonry work sustainable is how the materials can be reused. Now you might argue that wood is also sustainable. Well, yes, it is sustainable, but given its susceptibility to water, wood would have to be coated with paint and other protective chemicals to make it last longer. Some wood materials can’t even be reused after it’s been treated with water-resistant chemicals. Contrarily, masonry materials, particularly stones, do not need any protective covering as their natural structures are strong enough to handle the forces of nature without succumbing to any damage. There’s no need for further prep work such as sanding, base coating, and sealing, all of which involves using chemicals and other components that could damage the environment in the process.

Maintenance Costs

Let’s go back to water damage. If the exterior of the house is made of wood, there is a high chance that the wood will eventually rot away as it is exposed to different natural elements like rain and snow. You would end up repairing the damaged area if not the whole surface, depending on the structure. This maintenance cost may seem relatively cheap, but such repairs are a lot more frequent with wood houses than masonry-built homes. In the long run, using wood is less cost-effective than stone, given that wood requires more repairs and maintenance. As for stones and bricks, ask any specialists for masonry repair in Tulsa and they’ll say your choice of using wood is not cost-effective. As we all know, stone is a very sturdy material and isn’t easily damaged. For this reason, opting for stonework, or even brickwork, instead of the regular wood installation will not only save you more money in the long run but will also eliminate the concern of the structure getting damaged any time soon.

Resale Value

Masonry work is considered as ancient as its characteristic materials which have been used to develop buildings that are not only built to last but also built to appeal to people. The materials used, as discussed earlier, are hardy and will last a long time. Considering these factors, your house will benefit more from masonry work than it will from wood in terms of resale value. Having a naturally appealing structure that boasts a sound construction can help you demand a higher value when you decide to sell your home in the future. Need we say more?

Lower Insurance Bill

Any homeowner would be wise enough to insure their home. In this regard, the problem that homeowners face would be the cost of their insurance. If you don’t know, your insurance provider will estimate your home insurance bill based on how structurally sound your house is. If you compare a wooden house to a brick- or stone-built home, the insurance bill will be cheaper for the latter. That’s because insurance providers gauge the likeliness of your home sustaining damages. And as discussed earlier, there is a higher tendency for wooden homes to get damaged as compared to stone or brick structures. So if you want to make your insurance cheaper and save more in the process, masonry work is the way to go.

The benefits of hiring a professional masonry contractor to handle brickwork or masonry repair surpass that of employing someone to do the usual wood build. If you want to ease up on the worries and expenditures associated with your wood house, give masonry a try. We at Brick 1 Masonry can provide you with those same benefits discussed above and more! Whether it’s brickwork or masonry repair for your Tulsa home, we are more than capable of handling the job. All you have to do is give us a call or send us an email. You can also send us a message by visiting our CONTACT US page and filling up the form. If you want to get the most out of your home investments, choose Brick 1 Masonry today!

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We are going to discuss 2 repair methods generally being used by brick and masonry contractors so that you have a better understanding of some of our techniques and processes.

Organic growth repair

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Organic growth pertains to the development of fauna or flora on the wall components themselves. This can usually be seen growing on brick surfaces. It’s not surprising to see plants growing on brick walls because of the simple fact that the building component is usually made of clay. Though some may consider it aesthetically appealing, referencing to the hanging gardens of Babylon, it’s not really ideal to leave it like that. Professionals would consider it a compromise to the brick’s overall structure. The roots slowly develop cracks within the structure, thus making the overall integrity of the surface weaker as the attached plant grows.

To prevent bigger brick wall problems from happening, masonry workers utilize the use of brushes to remove such organic growths from the surface. Some use what they call phosphorous bronze brushes which are made of metal instead of the usual horse hair. This provides enough abrasion to remove unwanted organic growths without chipping away at the surface itself. Some contractors would opt to use alternatives such as general purpose brushes, nail brushes, and even toothbrushes. Mosses and lichens can be cleaned with wooden scrapers and stiff bristle brushes to ensure that the surface beneath doesn’t get affected as well.

Overall, the choice of which type of brush to use would highly depend on the surface area of the affected portion of the wall. In this, there’s also a need to consider the possibility that the affected area will be chipped or damaged during the removal of organic growths by using certain types of brushes. Contractors usually agree to treat or clean only the affected areas because it wouldn’t make much sense to use a copper brush on a surface that’s totally fine.

Stonework repair

Stonework is an art, but the repair of such artworks is an art form all on its own. Contractors would have to be called to inspect the site and assess the condition before proceeding with any stonework repair. There are different sub-methods associated with stonework repair:

Re-setting stone is the process of aligning an existing set of stonework that has been warped over time. This involves scraping out mortar joints from the stone components, clearing backing and bedding mortar, and resetting the stone components to their original positions. It is important to take note that while removing the organic growths in stone or brickwork can be done by relatively anyone, resetting stone requires the skills of a certified contractor as some devices and instruments aren’t available to the public, not to mention resetting stone pertains to potential safety hazards.

Stone replacement is the process of removing weak stone components on a structure and replacing it with new ones. Most contractors follow general guidelines when replacing these components to ensure that the rest of the surface isn’t compromised in the process. Some brick contractors in Tulsa, OK, for example, usually cut out the defective component to a depth of 100mm using diamond cutting tools and materials. Again, it’s no longer a project that can easily be done with common tools as it can compromise the integrity of the project as a whole. As compared to specialized materials used by contractors which reduce such risks, diamond cutting tools, for instance, minimizes vibrations that could potentially send the whole surface crumbling down. Special support beams and trusses are also used to make sure that the remaining wall or surface is kept in place while the replacement is going on. After the replacement component is set in place, workers install lime mortar between the stone or brick before proceeding to add details that match the rest of the surface.

Some methods are more complicated than others, and it takes a team of specialists to work on special cases in masonry repair not only in Tulsa but anywhere else in the country as well. Such are our services here at Brick 1 Masonry. Our contractors are trained in various methods in masonry repair in Tulsa and beyond. While we confidently fix stonework similar to that of the methods presented above, our skilled employees are well versed with other repair methods. If you are having a hard time looking for a masonry contractor who’s willing to fix an existing stonework surface, give us a call and we’ll handle the job for you. For more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by phone or by sending us an email. You can also visit our CONTACT page and leave a message by filling out the form provided for you. When it comes to masonry repair, if everyone else fails, we don’t.

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Building Contemporary Designs with Bricks http://brick1masonry.com/building-contemporary-designs-with-brick http://brick1masonry.com/building-contemporary-designs-with-brick#respond Thu, 20 Sep 2018 21:05:15 +0000 http://brick1masonry.com/?p=333

Before telling you how you can take advantage of hiring brick contractors, whether you’re in Tulsa, OK or anywhere in the world, to give life to the contemporary design of your dreams, you must first understand what a contemporary design is. The word “contemporary” means modern or current and since contemporary designs evolve with time, it may not always look the same as it did 20 years ago. So, if you want your home to stay at the top of the game today, make sure that you’re updated on all the modern designs we have today!

How do you use bricks to build a contemporary design?

Easy, hire brick contractors from Tulsa, OK or other local trusted brick contractors near you to discuss how you can incorporate bricks into your design to create a modern look. However, if you want to have an idea on which designs look best, take a look at some of these designs:

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Qualities of Good Bricks http://brick1masonry.com/qualities-of-good-bricks http://brick1masonry.com/qualities-of-good-bricks#respond Mon, 13 Aug 2018 00:37:35 +0000 http://brick1masonry.com/?p=320 When it comes to brick contractors in Tulsa, OK, they would always tell you that the structure of a brick is vital for  a proper and sound build. One cannot simply mold any clay material straight from the ground and use it as a building material. Similar to that of other building components, the “that will do” mentality would never cut it. If you want a sound structure and secure the inhabitants’ safety, then you have to choose materials that are of high quality. Bricks are no exception; in fact, brick manufacturers have to abide by safety standards implemented on a nationwide level. If they fail to meet the requirements, they are not qualified for distribution.

Qualities of Good Bricks

With all this, there are still some isolated cases where bricks do not pass inspections yet end up being sold in the open market. These materials are potentially dangerous and can cause major problems during and after the build. So how can one look for good quality bricks? What are the qualities of good bricks in general? Here are some of the features of good quality bricks:

Color

The color is a good indicator of a well-hardened brick. Well-hardened bricks turn into a dark copper hue. This is due to the manufacturing process wherein bricks are being burnt in a kiln for hours until it dries. There are a number of videos available online that show the transformation of clay after being hardened. It usually starts as an orange or reddish clay color and gradually changes color depending on how long it lasted in the kiln. Usually, you can tell good bricks from their color. If the brick is still light in color, you can bet it’s not hardened yet.

Strength

Brick manufacturers have to abide by a strict law that encompasses brick development in terms of strength. The minimum strength of a brick should be at least 3.5 N/mm2 as per IS code and should range from 2000 – 5000 pounds per square inch. If it does not meet the ISD code for strength, the bricks cannot be sold to the public market as they might compromise the structural integrity of a building. Not only that, but resident safety will also be at risk. Normally, if you are to buy bricks on the market, they have already passed inspection, so you don’t have to worry about buying low strength bricks.

Brick hardness

Brick contractors in Tulsa, OK will always buy from manufacturers who test their bricks for comprehensive strength. This test is done to ensure that the bricks rolling out of the factory are hard enough for construction. Now it’s not ideal for the contractor to do the test themselves as they have already bought the material, so manufacturers test it beforehand. They generally choose 5 random samples from the batch they made and use machines that apply pressure on the bricks. They, then, measure the psi of each specimen. In simple terms, psi is the units used to measure hardness of bricks. Once a piece of brick meets the legal standards of brick hardness, the batch can be deemed worthy of distribution.

Soundproofing

This quality can somehow be identified with the help of the overall manufacturing of brick itself. Earthen bricks should be compacted together and not leave any holes within the brick itself. The more compact the material is, the less likely that sound would be able to pass through. Now, remember that “soundproof” doesn’t actually mean that it’s 100% soundproof but more like sound-suppressing. So if you still hear external noise coming in and through your brick structure, don’t be jumping into conclusions just yet. If it’s muffled, it’s alright, but if it’s sharp, then the bricks you got are probably not of good quality.

Water absorption

When it comes to water absorption, good bricks should not absorb more than a certain percentage of water by weight. First class bricks, for example, should not exceed 20% of water absorption while second class bricks should not exceed 22% by weight for a period of 24 hours. You may not have the opportunity of submerging a brick sample for 24 hours, but it is vital for one to understand how important this quality is. If you have brick walls and it gets soaked in water due to rains, the structural integrity of your brick wall would be compromised if it absorbs more water than it should.

Some qualities may be identified by simply looking at the bricks or touching it, but some need special equipment to be determined or the brick has to undergo certain processes in order to be confirmed if it is indeed one with a good quality. Even so, bricks these days are constantly being monitored and subjected to specific tests to prove their quality before being sold on the market. In that case, you don’t have to worry about buying low-quality bricks.

But if you really want to make sure that you are using good quality bricks, it would still be better to hire professional brick contractors in Tulsa, OK to do the job for you. Not only do they handle the project, but they also provide the materials needed. Here at Brick 1 Masonry, we provide you with quality materials as well as quality work. If you have a project in mind, give us a call and let’s discuss how it can be done. We guarantee the materials we use are of high quality and have passed safety regulation standards. If it’s brickwork and masonry you need, No one beats Brick 1 Masonry.

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Taking Care of Your Brick Walls http://brick1masonry.com/taking-care-your-brick-walls http://brick1masonry.com/taking-care-your-brick-walls#respond Tue, 10 Jul 2018 23:06:24 +0000 http://brick1masonry.com/?p=302 Everybody’s seen brick walls at some point in their lives. Some have it at home – either as part of their traditional home or as a fancy element of a more modern home. And some places use brick walls in public places to give the area a more charming look while some historical places endeavor to preserve ancient brick walls. To do this, people hire brick contractors to do the work in Tulsa, OK or wherever they may be.

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Why choose brick walls?

You have to admit, brick walls have a certain charm that simply cannot be replicated by any material. How come? Bricks represent history, tradition, and the beauty of simplicity. Just take a look at how brick evolved through the years! Apart from those, it is also one of the toughest building materials which makes it ideal for any construction project, especially for residential homes. But, even though the material is tough, it doesn’t mean that it’s not susceptible to damage or wear and tear.

How do brick walls get damaged?

A number of things can cause damage to bricks such as frost attack which is a common problem for older bricks. Other damages can also be caused by structural brick foundation collapse caused by pressure from wet earth due to drainage problems. But, did you know that most brick damages can actually be avoided by getting regular brick maintenance from brick contractors like the ones from Tulsa, OK or local contractors in your area?

How is brick wall damage avoided?

First and foremost, avoid water damage! Why? One, it can cause the mortar joints or the bricks to crack. Two, salt crystals left behind by tide lines caused by seeping groundwater can also cause bricks and mortar to break down. Furthermore, freezing and thawing cycles can aggravate brick damage to water-soaked bricks. So, instead of spending a lot of money for extensive repairs in the future, make sure to attend to these problems as early as now.

Second, don’t put-off cleaning your brick walls. Sometimes, a white coating can be seen on new brickwork. What’s that? This coating contains various harmless salts derived from the mortar and bricks, but leave them to accumulate and they may well be the number one cause of brick damage. So, get rid of it! How? Don’t sandblast the brick walls, simply brushing off the white stuff will do.

Third, do repointing in places where the mortar joints have become soft. What is repointing? This is done by removing the damaged mortar carefully and replacing it with fresh mortar. There is a specific process followed when repointing mortar joints and that is why this job is best left to expert brick contractors. Otherwise, your brick walls might end up even more damaged.

It is also important to note that although some of the maintenance work can easily be done, simple mistakes can also do more harm than good. So, if you want to make sure that your brick walls are properly taken care of, better hire brick contractors to do the work instead. Call Brick 1 Masonry now! They’re not just simple brick contractors in Tulsa, OK, they’re also one of the best!

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A Historical Look at the Humble Brick http://brick1masonry.com/humble-brick http://brick1masonry.com/humble-brick#respond Thu, 07 Jun 2018 00:49:46 +0000 http://brick1masonry.com/?p=293 Have you ever witnessed masonry contractors in Tulsa, OK work on a building with the use of bricks? Has it ever come to mind how exactly the brick has come to be? Maybe not, right? It’s not every day that we see beyond the beauty of the brickwork itself. The mere look of a completed brick wall is enough to make one appreciate it already. It’s so iconic, in fact, that a lot of people, not only in our country but also with the rest of the world, are still using bricks for construction. The young generation, in particular, rediscovered the beauty of bricks and are now seen buying bricks for their walls and even imitating the pattern of bricks layout using paint. This resurgence in the demand of bricks makes sure that it will not die out anytime soon. Being as iconic as The Beatles or bacon and eggs, it’s only right for us to give the humble brick its own segment by looking at the history of the humble piece of building material.
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The current look of the modern brick is a far cry from the bricks used back in the day. It wasn’t rectangular and it wasn’t red, although the primary material remains the same. The first bricks were rather irregular in shape and had a color similar to the land where it originated. The oldest evidence we have about the brick dates back to biblical times. Herod’s Palace in Jericho is made up of thousands upon thousands of stacked pieces of hardened clay. They were quarried mostly at places near a water supply as it’s one of the primary components of making bricks. If you are able to visit the site, you will notice that the color is similar to the soil you see throughout the land.

The Mesopotamians decided to mix mud with straw to hopefully make it more durable. The experiment proved to be a success and the mud-and-clay mixture soon became the staple for construction at that time. This was also a time when they started tinkering with containers. With the need to improve the overall look of the buildings at that time, they made it more uniform in shape, thus the birth of a more symmetrical looking brick.

Babylonian architecture utilized the use of bricks in almost all of their buildings at that time. But they did not stop there, they wanted to make their walls and buildings more intricate by using custom bricks. One could still see the embossed images of horses on the brick walls of Babylonian architectures if one visits modern-day Iraq. This is considered the birth of brick art.

Romans took what they learned from various cultures and civilizations and used it to their advantages. Along with the rest of their acquired knowledge is the art of brick-making. When the Romans invaded Europe, the knowledge they knew about construction went with them. Wherever they settled, one could see Roman brickwork standing. After the fall of the Roman Empire, brick manufacturing became a lost art, when people in Britain began recycling the old bricks the Romans left, they decided to capitalize on it and transport the idea to the US. When the British colonized the free world, they built grand buildings and flexed their architectural brilliance by using bricks, thus you see a lot of brickwork in places like New York because that’s mainly where the first colonists set foot on.

Nowadays, we have embraced bricks as part of our construction. Construction these days are primarily dominated by three players: wood, brick, and cement. And even though we have come a long way from the manual production of bricks, it’s still a lot more time-consuming to use than cement or wood. Although it may be true that it is indeed time-consuming, one has to admit that brick still dominated over wood and cement when it comes to architectural beauty. Ask any expert in masonry repair in Tulsa about architectural dominance and they’ll hail bricks as the leading material among the three.

The humble brick has a very rich history and demands respect from anyone who is thinking of utilizing it as part of any construction. If you are thinking of utilizing brick for your house, make sure to check in with the professionals who fully understand brickwork and masonry work. Here at Brick 1 Masonry, we provide the best brick services and masonry repair in Tulsa, OK. We fully understand masonry and brickwork up to its aesthetics. The quality of the work we do attests to the rich history of brickwork itself. For more information, you can visit our office at 131 North Birmingham Place, Tulsa, OK 74110. You can also call us at 918-698-3573. You can also leave us an email thru Info@brick1masonry.com. Choose the people who understand brick concepts and respects the art of brickwork and masonry to ensure that you get quality results every time. Choose Brick 1 Masonry!

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Brick Contractors in Tulsa OK and the Art of Masonry http://brick1masonry.com/brick-contractors-in-tulsa-ok-and-the-art-of-masonry http://brick1masonry.com/brick-contractors-in-tulsa-ok-and-the-art-of-masonry#respond Fri, 06 Apr 2018 04:02:12 +0000 http://brick1masonry.com/?p=287 Ever wondered why masonry construction is such a big deal in Oklahoma? Or why houses in the Tulsa area are usually made out of heavy duty material like concrete or stone? Or what separates masonry construction from regular house construction methods? This article aims to provide you with the answers that you need and hopefully give you a renewed appreciation for the craft.

We at Brick1 Masonry are part of a circle of brick contractors in Tulsa OK. What sets us from other contractors is that we take masonry back to its roots. Maybe you have seen old churches or heritage buildings during your travels in the United States. New York is a good example of a place where the architecture screams masonry. As the country was still developing, they understood what the harsh weather in that terrain can bring to the people of New York. They had to build infrastructure that can withstand hailstorms, rain, and snow. Wooden panels didn’t cut it when it came to the weather in New York. That’s why you can see a lot of brick and masonry infrastructure in the state up to this day. And by simply looking at those old buildings, you can already see the artistry behind the construction. Intricate designs are molded using stone and brick. The blocks they use create a pattern that contributes to the overall look of the building.

Stone and brick work cannot be rushed, every piece would have to be intricately shaped and placed. It takes a skilled worker to understand how the pieces fall in place. Even now, brick work takes time; every block has to be placed one by one to make the structure sound. Bricks cannot be stacked together exactly the same as it jeopardizes the integrity of the structure.

This concept of interval stacking, along with other methods have been recognized aesthetically as well as practically. Because of this progressive understanding of the ideas and effort that is put in masonry, it has since developed into an art form in its own right. Similar to other art forms like jeans making and leather tanning, it cannot be rushed but it guarantees a strong product that will last a lifetime.

Going back to Oklahoma, the state is part of what people call Tornado Alley. Every year, tornados ravage Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, South Dakota, and other states. Masonry Repair in Tulsa OK has been thriving because of this natural occurring event. By this time, it would already paint a good picture as to why masonry construction is preferred in these parts. Concrete, bricks, and stone can take a beating from whatever a tornado hurls, not to mention that it can withstand the force that a tornado can generate. Wooden houses do not stand a chance against a full blown tornado.

Even though masonry construction is way more expensive than regular construction services, it definitely is more durable than regular wood. And it definitely looks better than regular panels, so in a sense, you are putting money into a better investment, and you get to have a piece of art in the process. It is not enough to stress how much of an art masonry is and how the concept of art contributed to its durability.

Believe it or not, masonry has long been part of human architecture. The early nomads wanted to have a house that doesn’t take much time to build. So they came up with shelters that were made of sticks and leaves. Fast forward and we see them using mud to cover crevices that can let cold air in. fast forward again and we start seeing them use the same mud and compact them into bricks. Stone work goes on par with clay development, maybe even earlier than that. Masons learned how to use these materials to their advantage. This progressive understanding paved the way for new designs that contributed to a structure’s overall durability and aesthetics.

One thing that cannot be denied is the labor that is needed in creating such durable products. Brick contractors in Tulsa OK can testify to that, but what can be guaranteed is the quality. As with any other form of art, it takes a skilled artisan to work on creating a masterpiece that will definitely stand the test of time. Brick1 Masonry stands firm in this ideology that masonry is not simply done by any regular contractor but has to be done by skilled artisans who know what they are doing.

If you are about to invest in a new home, get in touch with the people who takes masonry seriously, get in touch with Brick1 Masonry. For more information, you can call us at 918-698-3575 or you can also send us an email at info@brick1masonry.com, you can also visit our office at 191 North Birmingham Place, Tulsa, OK. Masonry construction is a time tested form of practical art worthy of respect, and you, as a property owner, deserve that kind of respect as well.

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