One of the most significant architectural benefits of designing with concrete masonry is its versatility.
The finished appearance of a concrete masonry wall can be varied with the unit size and shape, color of units and mortar, bond pattern, and surface finish of the units. Concrete masonry can be manufactured for specialty applications, whether it’s for noise reduction or swimming pools.
Because of masonry’s strength and durability, the need for a frame is eliminated, creating a degree of design freedom not available with other materials.
It’s an excellent surface on which to bond stucco or other finish materials. It’s easily integrated into the design of buildings that use other materials such as steel, glass, stone and brick.
Concrete masonry is also flexible through multiple uses – older buildings can be reused, either in their entirety or as recycled materials. Structures built with concrete masonry typically exceed the required strength for the design load, which makes reuse possible and creates a durable, lasting structure.