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8 Factors to consider when choosing masonry support

Choosing the right masonry support is a crucial decision that directly impacts the safety, longevity, and overall aesthetics of your construction project. In this blog post, we’ll explore eight essential factors that should be at the forefront of your mind when making this critical choice.

  • Building height and load capacity – The height of the masonry wall & expected loads it will bear (both dead & live) are crucial factors in selecting the appropriate masonry support system. Different systems have varying load capacities and it is essential to know your structure to ensure you pick the right one.  For more info on masonry systems please visit our website or call 01603 722 330 to speak with a friendly advisor.
  • Building codes and regulations – To ensure the longevity of the building, occupants, and your company, you must always double-check the weight-bearing loads of the masonry support you are choosing. Masonry Support – British Standards . When purchasing masonry, you need to look for UKCA & CE marking, this shows the quality of the goods and service provided.
  • Channel system is often used as a means of attachment for various masonry support components. The channel is fixed in the buildings structure, usually steel or concrete and the brackets of the angles of the masonry support are then connected to these channels using appropriate fixing methods.
  • Weather Resistance – Consider the environmental conditions the masonry support system may be exposed to. In coastal or harsh weather areas, corrosion resistance materials are essential to maintain the system’s longevity.
  • Ease of installation – Choose masonry support systems that are easy to install, and efficiently integrated into the construction process. This will help save time and labour costs during the construction phases.
  • Cost-effectiveness – While quality is crucial, consider the overall cost-effectiveness of the system. Compare different options to find a good balance between, cost, quality and something that works for the given budget.
  • Thermal Movement – Masonry materials expand and contract with the weather – Especially in the UK! You will need a system that allows for thermal movement to prevent cracking and damage.
  • Aesthetic Considerations – Some masonry support can impact the aesthetics of a building. Depending on the design vision and architectural vision you may opt for a visible shelf angle or a concealed support such as Brick Slips.

Remember, the right masonry support not only upholds the structural integrity but also adds value and visual appeal to your project. As you move forward, armed with these insights, you’re better positioned to navigate the complexities of masonry support selection and achieve a construction masterpiece that stands the test of time.

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