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Masonry Matters: Four Reasons The World Needs More Brick, Stone & Concrete, By Steve Maxwell

If you ever go to Europe, be sure to knock on some interior walls. Every one that I’ve checked out has been solid masonry – no hollow sounding, noise transmitting frame walls. They use so much more masonry across the Atlantic than we do here in North America, even in regions that get colder and hotter than we do. Masonry makes for substantial, sound-resistant and long-lasting results, and I must admit that I feel jealous.

Would people come from around the world to marvel at a town filled with plastic-covered buildings?

While there certainly are situations where non-masonry building materials make the most sense, here are four reasons I keep thinking we should be using more masonry in homes and renovations here in North America…

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