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What Is the Difference Between Masonry and Concrete?

Masonry And Concrete Differences

While masonry and concrete are both used for building walls and other structures that make up buildings, the two are very different in terms of application and the method of preparation – here are some of the most important differences:

  • Composition – while cement is created using cement, water and some sort of aggregate, such as stone or sand, masonry uses brick or stone components glued together with mortar, a combination cement, sand and water;
  • Preparation – both concrete and the mortar used to make bricks stick together can be made in a mixer, but in most cases, concrete is manufactured in large quantities in a factory and it is transported to the building site ready for being used;
  • Application – concrete is usually poured into molds to form posts, floors and walls, while masonry walls are built brick by brick, stone by stone, spreading a layer of mortar on the top of a layer of bricks, then laying bricks on the mortar and continuing the operation until the desired height is reached;
  • Durability – both concrete and masonry walls are resistant and durable structures, the choice between the two being determined by the type of the building, budgeting considerations, architectural and terrain-related factors.  When looking for masonry experts, look to New England Masonry & Roofing of Connecticut for professional results.