A masonry contractor is a professional who designs and constructs buildings from masonry material. He is the architect and builder of record for a building, and is responsible for the entire construction project, from initial design through completion. While the architect is responsible for designing the structure, the masonry contractor does the work necessary to erect it. A masonry contractor must be specialized and skilled enough in this field to handle and do so much more than merely design a building.
The masonry contractor also usually performs other duties during the construction phase. One such duty is that of the structural engineer. A structural engineer is responsible for ensuring the strength of a building by analyzing the foundation, the integrity of the walls and other major components, and to determine how the various aspects of the structure will interact with one another over time. The structural engineer will also be responsible for ensuring that the rebar and other materials used for construction are of the highest possible quality, and will be able to incorporate the latest technological methods and materials to ensure the most durable structures.
In addition, the masonry contractor will have a number of responsibilities as the construction supervisor. On site he/she must supervise the workers, unload and set-up all of the supplies, and take care of any problems that may arise. On site, he/she will oversee the pouring of the Portland cement, and will oversee the placement of rebar once the cement has been poured. Once the rebar has been placed, the construction supervisor will monitor its location and continue to check on the progress of the pouring of the cement. If the cement has been poured correctly and the rebar has been properly attached and placed, the construction supervisor will check the interior of all walls and doors to ensure that they are held firmly in place and working properly.
The masonry contractor may also have a role as a flooring installer when doing remodeling and repairing of floors. He/she may be called upon to install and repair floor tiles, marble, linoleum, and other material(s) used in the Portland cement structure of the home. The flooring installer will need to know the correct way to mix the Portland cement, and will also need to know how to properly position the flooring material(s) in order to make the job done correctly. The repair job will also need to be done right. The flooring installer will be able to check all of these areas during his/her on-site job tour.
Another common type of construction work done by a masonry contractor involves remodeling of the interior of homes, as well as the construction of porches, decks, patios, and walkways. With regards to the manufactured stone veneer, masonry is done primarily with brick, concrete, stucco, and other materials. Most manufactured stone veneer requires cement to secure it to the surface it is being placed on, so masonry contractors are also well-versed in the installation of such products. The installation of manufactured stone veneer is done more often in kitchen and bathroom remodels, rather than other remodel projects.
When it comes to brick masonry, the job can either be done by an individual, or by a brickmason team. The most common type of project a masonry contractor would undertake would be the building of a new home. In this type of project, they would usually hire general laborers, to build the walls, flooring, and other interior parts of the home. If the homeowner wishes to have a brick patio remodel, he/she would most likely hire masons to construct the brick patio walls. If the homeowner wishes to have a brick fireplace put in, he/she would most likely hire masons to construct the fireplace brick walls. However, he/she could also hire a carpenter or a mason to build the exterior brick walls of the home.