A masonry veneer is the ultimate cladding for any building. It can be left in its natural state as it is built; it can be painted, bagged or completely plastered. And although it is a top quality product, it is still extremely economic to use.
The modern brick varies significantly from its historical past. Fired in kilns at 1100ºC, the modern brick is very strong robust building material. The fact that it is extruded means that it is about 40% lighter than bricks made say 100 years ago, which were pressed. The core holes in the bricks can fill with mortar creating a dowelling effect so modern veneers in reality act like a large bracing panel and for this reason, if correctly installed, they perform exceptionally well during earthquakes.
If your concern involves masonry, regardless of what that may be, then I may be able to provide a constructive comment or solution to your problem.
The two main focuses of my consulting business are; project managing – ensuring that brick veneer is specified and installed correctly. Secondly, investigating and reporting on the quality and compliance of brick veneer installations when a problem arises.
The finished appearance of a brick veneer or brick-wall is paramount to the aesthetic appeal of the building or structure. Unacceptable bricks, poor bricklaying, mortar joints that present issues, cracks in plastered brick veneers, are all issues that devalue the completed project, and need to be addressed.
I have been working in the building industry for over 40 years. In that time I have gained a huge amount of experience and knowledge from both practical hands-on experience and from an excellent theoretical education.
My approach to the building industry has always been pro-active, innovative and professional. I enjoy a wide range of close contacts from all sectors of the building industry including manufacturers, institutes and associations, specifiers, teaching institutions, and territorial authorities.
Building in brick is all about imagination and for those individuals who like to think brick is boring, I would remind them, that 100 years ago, we only had a smooth finish and two colours, a red and a buff, and I’m confident in stating most people loved the buildings they designed and built. Today, we have a large range of colours, textures, and sizes of brick product – I can assure you, it is not the brick that is boring!
“A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.”
To talk the talk is one thing; to be able to walk the walk is best judged by those you have encountered over the years.These testimonials range from home-owners I have helped, to architects I have worked with, to building industry people who know me.