Save money with masonry

Masonry News July 22nd, 2009

Masonry construction is usually not the first thing that comes to mind when looking to save money on building or remodeling costs, as most people are under the false impression that building with quality masonry products such as brick, stone, or concrete block is exponentially more expensive than using other materials, and often settle for inferior options as a result.

The truth is, masonry construction is not only a viable choice for its aesthetics, strength, and durability, but it can also be a cost-effective choice for the budget-conscious homeowner/builder.

Initial Costs
In the past, many people shied away from using brick, block, stone, or other masonry materials in the construction of their homes because they feared the initial costs would be too high; however, more and more studies are showing that the cost differential is much less than initially thought. The same holds true in commercial applications: a recent research project set out to compare the initial costs of building multi-dwelling structures with concrete against building with wood and steel showed a cost difference of only 5% or less in most cases, and in one case masonry was actually the less expensive option.

Savings over time
Building with masonry construction materials such as brick and concrete block has numerous advantages over frame and other construction modalities, and those advantages often parlay themselves into ongoing savings for the property owner:

Weather resistance– masonry construction resists the effects of extreme temperatures, uv rays, and damage from heavy storms and winds. This is particularly beneficial here in the southeast, where the threat of hurricanes and other severe storms is prevalent for at least six months out of the year.

A brick or concrete block structure not only provides the occupant with added safety (and the peace of mind that comes with it), but greatly reduces if not eliminates repair costs should severe weather strike.

Termite resistance– Obviously, the lack of wood on the exterior walls of your home or building eliminates this costly problem.

Lower insurance premiums– Because of masonry’s strength, durability, and fire resistance, many insurers offer savings of up to 15% on homeowners’ policies.

Virtually no maintenance– Brick, stone, and other masonry materials are ideal for those who want to relax and enjoy the beauty of their home rather than spending valuable time and money on upkeep.

Energy efficiency– Masonry construction stays cooler in the summer and warmer in the cooler months, which significantly reduces utility bills.

Increased resale value– Studies show that masonry homes have a greater resale value than homes built with other construction methods.

Eco-friendly/green– Masonry materials are an earth-friendly alternative to limited resources such as timber, and fall within governmental “green-built” guidelines. As such, building with masonry can result in various tax breaks, as well as savings on impact and permit fees.

When considering all of the benefits and savings masonry construction has to offer, it’s no wonder that more and more people are choosing to build and remodel with brick, concrete block, and other masonry materials. If you are ready to start a building or remodeling project of your own, contact M & E Masonry & Sons, Inc. for your free estimate and start saving money today.

Sources
“Benefits of Masonry”. Arizona Masonry Guild. 07/24/2009. http://www.masonryforlife.com/Benefits.htm.

Szoke, Steve. “Fire Protection”. Masonry Construction Magazine. 07/24/2009. http://www.masonryconstruction.com/industry-news.asp?sectionID=790&articleID=654818&artnum=1.

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