ELEVATOR SHAFTS / STRUCTURAL WALLS
Our team has completed projects on several properties in Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, as well as Ft Worth. We have extensive experience with CMU installation on elevator shafts, retaining walls, structural walls, and in the construction of buildings and homes as well as other such structures in Marble Falls, College Station, The Woodlands, Waco, and San Marcos. If you want reliable and durable concrete masonry unit walls, we are the company to call.
WHAT ARE CONCRETE MASONRY UNITS?A concrete masonry unit (CMU) is a standard size rectangular block used in building construction. CMUs are some of the most versatile building products available because of the wide variety of appearances that can be achieved using concrete masonry units and its durability.
Concrete masonry units are a versatile, environmentally friendly building product that can be used for a wide variety of applications. With the variety of shapes and sizes available, they can be used as part of an attractive exterior design, as well as to add interest to interior walls. Using concrete blocks on a project can even contribute to it being designated as a “green” building.
Structural concrete masonry units are pre-fabricated blocks made from cement and aggregate. Most modern walls are built using CMUs and its common to have brick or natural stone veneers on them to enhance their appearance. Our team can create strong, resilient residential or commercial structures using this material.
WHY CHOOSE CMU FOR ELEVATORS SHAFTSIn building design, 8-Inch Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU) is a versatile building material but is sometimes under-utilized and unnecessarily replaced with its bigger siblings, 10-inch, 12-inch or 16-inch units. There are many situations where an 8-inch masonry wall can be used when you have knowledge of actual local material strengths, masonry design experience, utilize up-to-date spreadsheets and software programs, and current methods for design that don’t rely on outdated empirical height limitations simply based on wall thickness. Whether you design unreinforced or reinforced masonry walls, these height limitations can be exceeded if the walls are engineered using criteria from the Masonry Standards Joint Committee (MSJC) code.” So with appropriate software design tools and knowledge, there is no rationale for specific wall height limits for 8-inch masonry walls.
Using proven masonry design practices, you will find there is no need to unnecessarily thicken the wall or replace masonry with one of its closely related cousins, cast-in-place concrete or concrete precast elements at a premium cost. Again, there are situations that may warrant this, but when the client is requesting an aesthetically pleasing “exposed” structural element like masonry, it is important to have an in-depth knowledge of what can be designed with masonry, rather than have your client find out later that a change was made without sound reasoning.
BENEFITS OF CONCRETE MASONRY UNIT WALLSCMU’s offers a number of benefits that can vary from project to project. Some of the most common benefits of this material include:
- These blocks are non-combustible, which improves the overall resilience of a building.
- The blocks are durable and can withstand all kinds of weather conditions without becoming damaged.
- They’re eco-friendlier than many other products and some manufacturers use recycled materials which help with “Green Projects”.
- CMUs don’t contain any volatile organic compounds of VOCs.
- As these units from in specific shapes and sizes, there’s minimal cutting involved. We can use CMUs for window and door openings without cutting into the blocks.
If you want to know more about our services and structural masonry construction cost, feel free to call LMS Lonestar Masonry Inc., at 512-863-5544 or send us your queries about these services via this Contact Us form.