What Is Freeze-Thaw and How Does It Affect My Concrete and Masonry Products?

Concrete is durable, but there’s one substance that can wreak havoc on it if you aren’t careful: water. Water can cause freeze-thaw damage, making it a necessary consideration in masonry work. It can come in contact with concrete structures in a variety of ways — from rain to snow to dew to humidity. Also called freeze-thaw weathering, this process […]

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Bond Beam: Bond Beam Block vs. Lintel Block

In the world of concrete masonry units (CMUs), two types of blocks stand out in how they bring strength and support to a structure: Bond beam blocks and lintel blocks. Both help to improve the integrity of the building by providing reinforcement, but they have key differences. The differences address where bond beams and lintels […]

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How to Improve Your Home’s Value with Landscaping

It can be easy to overlook your landscaping when you’re busy repairing and upgrading the interior of your home, but landscaping is a critical piece of the home-selling puzzle. Your home’s landscaping is the first feature a potential buyer will see when they pull up to your house, so you want to make a good […]

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How to Choose/Use Concrete Fasteners and Masonry Screws

Builders often call concrete “nature’s perfect building material.” There’s a lot of truth in that statement, as concrete and concrete building products make up a significant part of many of the nation’s construction projects. You’ll find concrete in everything from high-rise buildings to backyard landscape designs. Concrete is a universal and genuinely incredible substance. According […]

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What Is Efflorescence and How to Remove It

Efflorescence is a crystalline deposit of salts that can form when water is present in or on brick, concrete, stone, stucco or other building surfaces. It has a white or greyish tint and consists of salt deposits left behind when water evaporates. In addition, efflorescence can appear as a powdery substance on floors and walls […]

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