Is a North American stone, or an imported one, the right choice for a project? Many times, an international stone is selected based on price, but designers must take many other factors into consideration.
The design and construction of today’s commercial buildings require a seamless integration of high performance with aesthetics and functionality. This must be achieved while containing the material, labor, and installation costs of the products specified.
The costs of cleaning efflorescence from grout joints and tile surfaces can range from a lost day on a callback to a financial fortune, depending on the size and type of project on which it occurs. For example, to acid-wash tile on one large project, remediation costs exceeded $100,000 for the labor and the scaffolding.
Thin fired-clay brick veneer is increasingly specified for multistory, wood-framed construction to gain the flexible aesthetics, durability, and performance benefits of traditional anchored brick veneer at a lower cost.
The conversation about the cavity in masonry wall systems, to say the least, is ongoing. There is a general agreement on the need for separation between the backside of the veneer and the exterior face of the structural backup wall. However, there is some discussion about the functions this cavity performs and their prioritization.