A Guide to Buying Brick and Stone

Both brick and stone are high quality and low maintenance materials that can be used to build pathways and walls. It does not matter if you are doing the project, using brick and stone, yourself or hiring a professional to do the job, you have to make sure that you are buying the right materials for that specific job.

Here are a few tips on how to buy brick and stone.

* Look over the area that you plan to cover with the brick or stone. Then calculate the square footage of the area so you know how much material that you will have to buy.

* Be sure that you will know the cost of the labor if a professional will do the job. The cost for jobs involving brick and stone can get expensive. If you are doing fieldstone work it can cost more than $15 per square foot just for the labor, not including the materials.

Go to a few brick or stone dealers and find out what types of brick and stone they have. It is easy to find dealers in the yellow pages and you can find some reputable ones with the best products by talking to a professional mason.

* Make sure you check out, in person, the brick or stone that you are considering using. Do not place on order for either of these two things just by looking at a brochure.

* Look for dealers that will have displays of what the brick and stone will look like when they are installed. You can usually find small walls built from different types of brick and stone so you can get a good idea of what they will look like. You need to be aware of the finished look, as there are many materials that will look different when they are in larger quantities.

* Look into the material variations. Most types of brick and stone will come in varied colors and textures. Try to pick out the type that will look best for the job you are doing.

* When looking at the final price that you pay for either the brick or stone make sure that delivery is included in that price. These types of masonry materials are very heavy and sometimes the process for delivery can be quite expensive.

* When buying either brick or stone find out form the dealer how much cement you will need for how much of the masonry material you bought. Even if they give you a figure of how much cement to buy it is a good idea to buy a little extra just to be on the safe side.

* Before the masonry material is delivered to your home you should make sure that the delivery vehicle will be able to get the area closest to the job. You may have to clear out space or move some items, as it is better to drop off the material near the job area rather than carry the heavy masonry to the area.

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