London Elite Trades are among London and the Greater London area’s preeminent bricklaying contractors and masonry works contractors.
As part of this, we offer complete construction and building solution, with our bricklaying and masonry contractors representing the first cog in the wheel of construction.
We are experienced in the erection of load bearing masonry walls, reinforced masonry walls, unreinforced masonry walls, hollow masonry walls, composite masonry walls and post-tensioned masonry walls.
With London Elite Trades’ broad range of expertise, you can rest assured that your new build, renovation, redevelopment or extension project is in safe hands.
Our team of bricklaying and masonry contractors is experienced in and equipped to tackle all manner of projects, including small-scale domestic bricklaying as well as large-scale commercial bricklaying. Furthermore, masonry has versatile applications and can be used to enhance decorative features such as internal brick walls, decorative stone or brick fireplaces, brick or stone backsplashes for kitchen counters and marble or granite for kitchen countertops.
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- Load Bearing Masonry Walls
- Reinforced Masonry Walls
- Unreinforced Masonry Walls
- Hollow Masonry Walls
- Composite Masonry Walls
- Post-Tensioned Masonry Walls
Brick masonry is the most common form of masonry that is used today. Bricks are nice-looking and long-lasting, plus you can get a wide variety of them to meet your look. Brick masonry normally uses the staggered effect, being offset each layer. This is done because it ads more strength to the structure.
To lay bricks, you need a way to make sure the bricks are set in perfectly straight rows, so two mason blocks are used to hold a mason line to follow as you layer. Following a guide, layer the mortar on the bottom brick first, spreading it all around the brick.
Apply the next brick on top, tapping it with the handle of the trowel to remove any air bubbles.
Spread mortar along the sides to fix the bricks in place. Remove the excess mortar and it is done. Continue with this until the desired height is reached. Brick masonry is fairly straight-forward and not extremely difficult to do.
There are two types of looks for stone masonry that you can have – dressed and undressed. Dressed is when the stones are cut neatly and follow a pattern. Undressed is when the stone are left more in their natural state leading to a messier yet more authentic appearance.
When using stone masonry, they will use real stones with mortar for the building. Stone masons usually take time to visualize the wall before starting. Depending on what type of wall is wanted will determine what and where the guides lines will go. They start with laying footing or a foundation with footing, then lay the first stone as the cornerstone.
The most important part of starting with the corner is measuring. If this part is off, the entire rest of the wall will be off. Start fitting the stones together, matching them as you go. Stone masonry is one of the harder and more time-consuming of the types but brings a beautiful look to the area being created.
Cavity wall construction is when you separate the interior wall from the exterior wall leaving a cavity. This is done by leaving a physical separation, or hollow space, between the inner and outer walls.
These are usually called ‘skins’ and is done by using masonry which is absorbent. The masonry blocks pull the moisture from the inner walls of the structure helping to keep it dry.
There is also a layer of cavity wall insulation that goes in-between the two walls which helps stop heat loss from inside. This technique is also good for sound-proofing.
Using masonry for building, refurbishing and fit-outs can be done for structures, too. Internal brick walls, decorative stone or brick fireplaces, and brick or stone backsplash for kitchens and marble or granite countertops can all be used for interior masonry.
It is built the same as it is for foundations, except clean and decorative since it will be seen with everyday use of the structure. Marble, granite, limestone, brick and rock are all examples of masonry that is traditionally used inside the home.