The High Cost of Improper Drainage and Ventilation in Adhered Masonry Walls

Today’s adhered masonry veneer walls are typically more vulnerable to moisture problems than older “thick mass” masonry walls or today’s masonry cavity walls. The reason is simple – most of today’s typical masonry veneer walls are built without a space between the veneer and the substrate, so they don’t allow fast and complete drainage and More Info »

, July 24, 2017



5 Tips for Managing Materials on the Jobsite

When you’re headed out to a job site, managing materials is critical. You want all of your materials to show up at the right time, in the right amounts. You need to inventory them; you need to store them properly. Sometimes, it may feel as though material management is half of your job! These five More Info »

, July 14, 2017



5 Tips for Marketing Your Architecture Business

If you’re an architect, you’re probably not a marketer too. You’re focused on designing beautiful and functional buildings. But effective marketing is the only way to grow your business. The following five simple steps are easy to implement and can help you attract and retain more clients. 1) Know Your Audience Any marketing plan, regardless More Info »

, July 7, 2017



Seeing is Understanding

As all people that have an interest in masonry, it is important for us to realize that we often need help understanding new technologies, old traditions and why the architect drew such a thing.  All information shared is only as good as the person communicating the concern.  Now, I know I am not the world’s More Info »

, July 10, 2016



Mortar Net Products Help With Labor Shortage

According to a recent survey from the Associated General Contractors of America, 83% of construction firms struggle to fill positions for qualified craftworkers.  TotalFlash, LathNet and BlockFlash, MortarNet, CompleteFlash, and DriPlane are all products that provide superior performance while being quick to install. They are specifically designed to save labor time and costs, and to More Info »

, June 23, 2016



NAHB – Homebuilder Sentiment Rises To Best Level This Year

From the online news source, “Business Insider “: According to the NAHB, homebuilder sentiment rose more than expected in June and to the best level since January after holding steady during the four months in between. The National Association of Homebuilders’ housing market index for June climbed to 60 from 58, topping the forecast for a More Info »

, June 17, 2016



Construction Employment Increases in 244 Metro Regions

According to federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors of America, construction employment increased in 244 out of 358 metropolitan areas in the USA and was unchanged in 44 areas. 70 areas saw a decline between March, 2015 and March, 2016. AGCA data shows that the building recovery continues to be broad-based geographically More Info »

, May 25, 2016



IMI Position on Wall Systems Reinforces CavityComplete

The International Masonry Institute (IMI) position on the value of designing sustainable masonry cavity walls as systems rather than as a grouping of individual components reinforces the value of designing and building with CavityComplete. CavityComplete is the first and only tested and warrantied total cavity wall system. CavityComplete includes Mortar Net Solutions products MortarNet, More Info »

, March 21, 2016



Lack of Skilled Workers Still a Major Bottleneck for New Construction

A lack of skilled workers in the masonry industry and construction in general continues to make it difficult or impossible for contractors to keep up with building demand.  Ironically, according to this article from the Associated General Contractors of America, hiring has actually slowed recently.  The question is, has hiring slowed because demand is falling More Info »

, March 1, 2016



Jose Martinez Wins World of Concrete Fastest Trowel Competition

Jose Noe Martinez won the 2016 Fastest Trowel on the Block Contest at this year’s World of Concrete.  The contest pitted journemen masons and their tenders against one another to see who could build the best 30 foot-long 8″ CMU wall in twenty minutes.  Contestants were judged on both the number of block they laid More Info »

, February 11, 2016