Masonry is part of our daily lives, you may just not realize it. It has helped shaped communities and at times, even civilizations.
Masonry in Calgary
Masonry has been a big part of the history of Calgary. In 1886 a fire in downtown Calgary destroyed much of the wood home and buildings in community. After the fire, a new bylaw came into effect requiring all large downtown buildings be built with sandstone. Prominent buildings built with Sandstone following the fire include Knox Presbyterian Church, the Imperial Bank Building and the Calgary Courthouse. Calgary soon came to be known as “The Sandstone City”.
Today, many houses and businesses in Calgary have at least a portion of their exterior in brick or stone. Stone veneer is growing in popularity for its durability and high-end look on exteriors. It increases curb appeal and maintains its good look for decades.
Interesting Masonry Facts
Here are a few more facts about masonry that you may find interesting:
Many of the world’s significant architectural achievements were built with masonry. Masonry building have been known to last for hundreds – even thousands – of years. In fact, over 70% of the buildings in the world are built of masonry.
Masonry is resistant to mold, does not support mold growth because it does not provide a food source for mold spores.
Brick is man’s oldest manufactured product. For example, sun-baked clay bricks were used in buildings over 6,000 years ago.
When exposed to fire, masonry does not burn, melt, twist or warp. Also, masonry does not emit toxins during a fire.
Masonry is the most environmentally-friendly building system available and made entirely or primarily of natural ingredients
Masonry is slow to absorb or lose heat. That’s why masonry construction requires less insulation than other building systems. It’s a natural insulator!
Brick homes command an average 6% higher resale price than non-brick homes. Plus, masonry structures have lower insurance costs than non-masonry structures.
Masonry guidelines ensure that structures are built to resist fire, hail and wind. It’s fireproof, water and insect resistant. Masonry is virtually impervious to the ravages of time and weather (Perfect for the Calgary climate!)
Masonry is a skilled trade that takes much time, effort and talent to learn. Every brick, block or stone must be laid by hand and requires the skill of a craftsman. Mason’s must be able to read blueprint and understand building codes. The skill and precision of the mason can never be replaced by machines
Masonry’s life cycle is unsurpassed by any other building material.
If you are considering building or renovating with masonry materials, you are in good company! Hopefully these facts have given you the information you need to make an informed decision.
Feel free to reach out to Kapstone Masonry to ask any questions you may have about stone or brick masonry for your Calgary home.