One of the most important decisions you can make when building your home is what material to use for its foundation. Masonry or wood? It’s not an easy question, but it doesn’t have too much impact on overall cost and time frame in comparison with other choices like metal panels versus steel joists!
Masonry walls are made up of concrete blocks stacked from the bottom to the top. They’re placed in beds that contain mortar and reinforced with steel rods embedded into their cores so they can handle heavy weights without breaking or cracking under pressure.
Termites? No Problem!
The key to preventing termites from ruining your house is by using a “termite shield.” This barrier blocks the insects’ ability (subterranean or dry wood)to migrate up wood framing. Termites are not usually an issue when building with concrete block, brick & mortar construction because those materials do not provide much food for them; however, if you’re going all out masonry then pest control might be something worth considering!
These shields will protect your home from termites and other insects. In addition, pressure-treated bottom plates are always used which makes it an even more effective barrier against these pests! With routine maintenance (inspections) you can ensure that they never become a problem for years into the future.
Isn’t a Masonry Wall Stronger than Wood?
Masonry and wood are both strong enough to meet current building codes. A masonry wall is sheathed with plywood, which gives it an amazing amount of strength; nailing patterns will affect the overall structure as well.
Masonry is the most cost-effective option for walls, but it’s also an easy one. That makes masonry construction perfect if you’re looking to get things done quickly without sacrificing quality or efficiency!
What About Insulation?
Insulation is always a challenge with masonry walls, but it can be especially difficult in cold climates where the blocks themselves are not good insulators. To achieve insulation as high quality and durable as that found in wood construction, you’ll need more than just foiling or filling core spaces; these methods only work well when combined together!
Wood framed walls are generally insulated with batts ranging from R-11 right up in the 20s, depending upon wall thickness. Battered masonry has a higher thermal mass which will tend to regulate temperatures better than other materials like fiberglass or aluminum panels would do so – but it also makes them more difficult (and expensive) for homeowners to try their hand at installing themselves!
Masonry Walls Use More Space
If one uses a standard 8″ masonry block and compares it to a typical 2×4 exterior wall, one can instantly see about a 5″ difference in the amount of each exterior room that is taken up by the wall. From this common example, it can be seen that framing takes up less usable space inside the home.
The debate over which construction material offers the better value is an old one, but when you look at it from a masonry home’s perspective there are some compelling reasons for choosing brick. For starters, they’re strong and can be beautifully crafted with pride in their workmanship or left natural for that rustic touch we love so much. However, framing is ahead in some regard. It may seem like nothing more than wood posts supported by stringers–but trust us; this type of structure has been studied ad nauseam (helped along significantly thanks to modern technology) until every little detail was accounted for. It undoubtedly takes up less space.