National Masonry Systems Guide

The Building Industries #1 Asset

The masonry industry recognizes that the world of construction has changed dramatically over the past decade. New products, techniques, codes and regulations have changed the competitive landscape. This Masonry SYSTEMS Guide, a first ever of its kind, masonry system print guide and companion website, provide a standardized systems guide of best practices for masonry wall systems design and construction.

As you click through this website, you will find concise system guidelines addressing the key elements of the masonry envelope including 2D and 3D details, installation processes, specifications, product resources, and energy modeling. Each Chapter contains information that will create a more educated design and construction process with more efficient schedules, and a standardized bidding approach for the installers. The systems guide includes recommendations, details, in downloadable format for both Revit and CAD, for air and water barriers, tie systems, thermal analysis, rainscreen technology, cost analysis, an Assembly Comparison Matrix, as well as a Pricing Analysis.

The Masonry SYSTEMS Guide, Northwest Edition, is the Northwest masonry industry’s primary information resource on masonry systems and the first to address the challenges of energy code requirements for continuous installation. This website and the Masonry SYSTEMS Guide contains eight chapters outlining masonry systems, as well as a resource chapter for products appropriate for each system.

The Masonry SYSTEMS Guide and this website is produced with support from the Northwest Masonry Institute, an umbrella organization including the masonry industry, general contractor representatives, and national suppliers and organizations.

Thin Veneer V’s Full Veneer

Thin Veneer Vs Full Veneer

Full Veneer

  • Typically 3 to 5 inches in depth
  • Requires a foundation footing
  • Installed with wall ties
  • Averages 35 to 40 square feet per ton is typical
  • Strong and time-tested method of installation

Thin Veneer

  • Same high quality stone as full veneer
  • Typically 3/4″ to 1 1/2″ in depth
  • Roughly similar in weight to artificial stone
  • Reduced weight allows it to be installed where full veneer can not or is too difficult
  • Requires no foundation footing – it’s supported by the wall rather than the footing
  • Average of 3,000 square feet of stone per truck
  • Long lasting durability that’s based on proven track record over centuries with full veneer
  • Allows a creative and custom pattern as each piece is different and unique
  • Similar in costs to artificial stone – only it’s the real thing!