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What Are The Types Of Masonry Walls Used In Building Construction?

Not every masonry wall is created equal. There are different types of masonry walls designed for different purposes. The majority of the people are only familiar with the load-bearing masonry walls only.

But by the end of reading this post, you will get to know about all major types of masonry walls used in landscaping construction.

Following are the types of masonry walls;

  • Load-bearing masonry walls- These masonry walls are designed with bricks, concrete blocks, or stone. These walls directly transfer the load from the roof to the foundation of the building. These can be constructed as an exterior as well as interior walls. They can be economical to construct, offer durability, and withstand different climatic conditions. Depending on the quantity of load from the roof it has to bear, these walls may vary in thickness.

  • Hollow masonry walls- These sorts of masonry walls are constructed to prevent moisture from reaching to the home interior. These walls also help in controlling interior temperature as the hollow space between the walls resists heat from passing through the wall. Simply, when the water reaches the wall, it enters the hollow space and flows down. This keeps the other side of the masonry wall always dry. The hollow space may be coated or painted to make it water-resistant.

  • Reinforced masonry walls- Depending on your purpose, the reinforced walls can be load wearing or non-load bearing. These walls are constructed to withstand tension forces and heavy loads, while the unreinforced masonry walls are susceptible to cracking under compressive loads and earthquakes.

  • Post-tensioned masonry walls- These masonry walls are designed to strengthen the masonry walls against the forces created by a natural calamity like an earthquake. In fact, wind forces can also create force on the masonry walls. These types of walls are constructed from the foundation level with tensioning rods anchored into the foundation. These tensioning rods are installed vertically between the wythes. Once the masonry wall is constructed, these rods are anchored to the steel at the top of the masonry wall.

  • Composite masonry walls-These walls are designed with two or more units like bricks, stones, or hollow bricks. Two wythes of masonry units are bonded with each other. The one wythe can be brick or stone, while the other can be hollow bricks.

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Whether it is masonry wall construction or bluestone work for constructing pavers in Chester, New Jersey. MCE Masonry & Landscape Services, LLC is right here for you, with its highly trained and experienced team of masonry experts.

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