Masonry Walls Available In Toronto & Ontario
Load Bearing Masonry Walls
Load bearing masonry walls are constructed with bricks, stones or concrete blocks. These walls can be exterior as well as interior walls. The construction system with load bearing walls are economical than the system with framed structures. The thickness of load bearing walls is based on the quantity of load from roof it has to bear. The load bearing walls can be reinforced or unreinforced masonry walls.
Reinforced Masonry Walls
Reinforced masonry walls can be load bearing walls or non-load bearing walls. The use of reinforcement in walls helps it to withstand tension forces and heavy compressive loads.
Hollow Masonry Walls
Hollow masonry walls are used to prevent moisture reaching the interior of the building by providing hollow space between outside and inside face of the wall. These walls also help in temperature control inside the building from outside wall as the hollow space restricts heat to pass through the wall. When the wall is exposed to moisture for a sustained period and penetrates through the outer face, the water reaches the cavity or the hollow space and flows down. Then they are drained through the weep holes to the exterior of the building. These hollow spaces may be coated with water repellent coating or damp-proofing to further reduce the ingress of moisture.
Composite Masonry Walls
These walls are constructed with two or more units such as stones or bricks and hollow bricks. This type of masonry wall construction is done for better appearance with economy.
Post-tensioned Masonry Walls
Post-tensioned masonry walls are constructed to strengthen the masonry walls against the forces that may induce tension in the wall such as earthquake forces or wind forces. These walls are constructed from the foundation level and post-tensioning rods are anchored into the foundation. These rods are run vertically between the wythes or in the core of concrete masonry units. After the masonry wall construction is completed and cured, these rods are tensioned and anchored on the steel place at the top of the wall.