Weathering the Storm

Long periods of cold, wet weather can result in joint color variations in completed masonry projects.

Figure 1: Sample of light and dark mortar joint appearance.

Figure 2: Mortar in wet brick cured lighter than in those laid dry. The color variation ran through the depth of the joint.

Figure 3: Shrink-wrapped brick from deep in the cube are fully saturated even after a long period of warm, dry weather. Brick on top of the same cube are less than 5% saturated.

Project specifications require mason contractors to protect brick from weather exposure. Raised pallets provide some ventilation to keep brick dry.

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