Masonry Basics for Your Home’s Exterior Walls

When you pass by a house on the street, what’s the first thing that you notice? Chances are, it’s the house’s exterior walls. And for the most part, masonry had a lot to do with it.

If you’re planning to give your home’s exterior a do-over or thinking about what you can add to it to make it look more appealing, then applying masonry is a good upgrade option. However, your choice of type or material plays a huge role in the overall look of your exterior walls. At this point, if you are unfamiliar with your options or have no experience with this type of aesthetic add-on, we recommend that you hire the services of a professional contractor.

An experienced, highly skilled, and professional contractor is what this type of beautification project entails. A good contractor can recommend what’s needed, the type that will work best for the design of your home, and how it should be done so you don’t have to redo the whole thing again (which can be quite expensive).

There are different types of masonry, but the two most popular materials used are bricks and stones. The two materials have different textures, sizes, and colors; bricks are usually red or brown, while stones can be white, cream, or pale grey. Stone colors are not limited to these, however, and the number of options might give you a hard time choosing one for your project. Again, this is where professional help will be of valuable assistance to you.

Mixing and matching doesn’t always work.

Some homeowners prefer to mix and match bricks and stones. While this is well and good, the exterior walls could look messy if the materials aren’t matched right or don’t blend together properly. Instead of complementing each other, the two types end up creating an opposing theme. If you really want to use bricks and stones, make sure to choose masonry with a lighter shade.

For example, you can get stones in lighter shades like pale grey or cream so the color won’t clash with the red of the bricks. This way, you have one dominant color in the foreground and one complementary color in the background.

Do you need help with deciding what to do with your exterior’s masonry work? Please give us a call! You may reach us at 888-777-ROOF (7663). Advocate Roofing also specializes in sidings, gutters and downspouts, and roofing systems. You can learn more here.