If we have new construction done on our home and it involves any masonry, there are certain basic steps to follow to ensure the work done by the contractor doesn’t have any problems down the road. We as inspectors have to know these steps to identify any issues or problems that may be happening with the brick or stonework. Here are some basic steps.
- Water resistant barrier. This is vital to ensure the masonry isn’t damaged by precipitation. This can be installed in various ways, but it is important that the material is not damaged and there are no exposed areas behind the exterior wall
- Space between a masonry veneer and the supporting wall is necessary. At least 1 inch but no more than 4 1/2 inches, usually 2 inches is a good rule of thumb.
- Is there flashing in the needed spots? Is it installed properly?
- Are there weep vents? These allow the water to escape and should be placed with sufficient and not too much distance apart from each other.
- Wall ties and anchors will hold the brick or stone to the building
- Mortar joints should have the proper distance apart, not too wide, and be tooled to a high standard.
These are some of the basic things that we look for as inspectors and that may help you be on the lookout if you are having work done on your home.