Masonry consists of building structures from individual units that are placed and joined together with mortar. Brick, stone and concrete blocks are the most commonly used materials in masonry construction. Masonry is a popular construction technique worldwide, due to its many advantages. Non-combustible masonry construction is one of the six categories of building construction established by the Insurance Services Office., Inc.
ISO), in its Commercial Lines Manual (CLM) in order to develop rates for insuring commercial properties, based on the susceptibility to damage caused by a fire. Brick masonry construction uses first-class burnt clay bricks. For less important constructions, third-class bricks are used in masonry. Second-class bricks are best for plastered masonry construction, as they lack a finish compared to first-class bricks Class. Stone is the most durable, strong and weather resistant building material compared to any other.
These are less affected by everyday wear and tear. Therefore, masonry structures made of stone last longer. It has a lifespan of more than 300 to 1000 years. Due to its many advantages, it is widely used in masonry construction. In concrete masonry construction, concrete blocks are pressed onto other constructions similar to those made of brick masonry.
The dimension of concrete blocks is larger compared to that of bricks, so less time is required to place concrete blocks.