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Hudson Contractor NY – Your Best Choice for Masonry Work Around Your Home

If you live in the Westchester area of New York,  you’ve probably seen some homes with masonry exteriors.  There are a few reasons why this type of exterior is becoming more popular.  It can offer a lot of advantages, and  the reasons not to use it are few and far between.  Here are a few reasons why we think masonry can be a great choice for your home.

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The Advantages of Masonry Work for Your Home’s Exterior

There are many reasons why more  people are choosing to have masonry work done on the exteriors of their home.  From siding finishes to patio work, there are many examples in and around the New York area that shows exactly what quality stonework can be a great asset to your home.  For example:

  • Superior Fire Protection – Masonry work, including brick and stone can offer great protection from fire for your home.  More than any other type of building material, stone and masonry materials will resist  fire and keep you safe.
  • Extreme Durability – There are examples of masonry style homes that have lasted for more than a century with a minimal amount of upkeep. The long lasting durability of stone, brick or concrete is truly hard to beat.
  • Energy Efficient – Stone or bricks are a great way to conserve energy. Heat and energy are stored easily in these materials, and transferred slowly through them.  This means that more heat is retained during the winter months, and less heat gets in from the outside during the warmer times of the year.
  • Resists Damage – As you can imagine, it’s hard to break masonry material.  Unlike other building materials that are prone to scratches, dents, or even holes, masonry constructed homes rarely have to be repaired after a heavy storm.

Masonry May Not Be The Best Choice In All Cases

While we certainly adore the look and overall advantages of mason work for residential structures, it does have a few disadvantages.   One potential problem is the weight of the material.  Things such as stone or brick have the potential to be quite heavy, and not every house foundation are designed to support it.  It’s important to work with a qualified contractor, like Hudson Contractors, to make sure that your home’s foundation can support your desired masonry work.

Another potential drawback of masonry work is that it’s sometimes made of a bunch of little pieces, such as bricks or smaller stones that need to be joined together using things such as mortar or other binding compounds.  This means that moisture, plant growth, and sometimes even debris can make its way inside.  However, with proper maintenance, this problem is reduced greatly.

Masonry construction does have one other drawback that people don’t consider.  Not every contractor has the training and experience needed to work with the material effectively.  That’s why it’s so important to work with a qualified contractor like Hudson Contractors.  But how do you know that a contractor can handle the job?  Here are a few things to look for in a quality contractor.

Traits of a Quality Mason Contractor

There are three things to consider when hiring a masonry contractor.  The first, of course is the price of their services.  Masonry work can be a bit expensive, so finding a contractor willing to work with your budget is a good thing.

However, that shouldn’t be the only thing you take into account.  It’s important to work with a contractor that has specific experience in the type of masonry work that your interested in.  Simply put, a brick layer won’t have the same expertise as that of someone used to working with concrete.  Each type of masonry material requires different methods of applications, equipment and training. So be sure to ask exactly what they have experience in before you hire the contractor.

It’s also important to work with a contractor that is local to your area.  There are many reasons for this, including knowledge of local building requirements when it comes to stone work, the ability to contact them directly if there is a problem, and a local contractor can usually complete the job more efficiently than someone out of town.

 

At Hudson Contractors, we pride ourselves in helping homeowners create the look they want through the use of masonry materials and expertise.  If you considering such a project, give us a call today.  We are also able to deliver an unmatched services on roofingsidingflooringpainting serviceswindow replacements as well as bathroom remodeling projects on your home. We’d be happy to discuss the options with you.