The most brilliant ideas are often the simplest. These 10 product innovations, introduced during the past decade, have taken some of the discomfort and delay out of masons' lives and have improved masonry's performance. They do for the masonry industry what innovative masonry contractors do for themselves: speed up the construction process by promoting efficient work habits and use of materials, make masonry an affordable building system, and ensure a top-quality final product. The following products were suggested by the magazine's editorial advisory board members:
  • powered mast-climbing work platforms
  • self-adhering rubberized asphalt flashing
  • base isolation systems
  • staining system
  • chamfered pavers
  • autoclaved aerated concrete block
  • grout admixtures
  • integral-water-repellent masonry systems
  • post-tensioning systems
  • adjustable veneer ties and adjustable joint reinforcement