Masonry Industry Resources

A list of masonry industry associations that provide free technical information on their websites.

Brick Sizes

Brick dimensions for standard brick types - includes information on the specified size, actual size, and nominal size.

Brick Orientations

Shows the different ways that a brick is laid and how those ways are described based on what surface of the brick is exposed.

Typical Brick Bonds

Provides descriptions and diagrams of the different types of brick bonds that are typically used in construction.

Concrete Block Sizes and CMU Dimensions

Concrete masonry Unit (CMU) sizes for standard CMUs - includes both nominal and actual dimensions. Covers concrete block sizes from 4" CMU through 12" CMU.

Mortar vs. Grout

Describes the difference between mortar and grout.

Masonry Mortar Types

Description of the various types of mortar including characteristics and when to use each type.

Masonry Mortar Joints

Describes and depicts masonry mortar joints and how well they stand up to weather.

Masonry Grout Types

An overview of the various types of grout used in masonry construction including specification options and admixtures.
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