At Baines Masonry Blocks, we take pride in the products that we offer, investing in the latest technologies and innovations which ensuring the structural integrity of our cities buildings. To ensure the best results from using Baines Masonry Blocks several factors should be considered including the technology in the material, factors when ordering, storage issues, maintenance imperatives and construction practices.
Baines Masonry’s Traditional Split Face and Smooth Face coloured dense weight blocks are manufactured using pre-sealing technology. An innovative silicon-based
admixture is used in the manufacturing process, reducing the possibility of water penetration, efflorescence, mould, mildew and staining. The silicon-based
admixture is incorporated during the mixing process, promoting dispersion throughout the masonry blocks, forming an integral part of the life of the
The same admixture is available as a mortar additive and is highly recommended to help control leaching of efflorescence which will leave unsightly stains
on the face of the masonry block. This additive is available for purchase from Baines Masonry.
Also available for purchase from Baines Masonry is a post applied speciality sealer SRW RWX, a water-based sealer which has been specially developed to
protect vertical masonry walls from damaged caused by salt, road spray and pollution.
Enough product should be ordered to complete the project at the same time to avoid the possibility of batch variations, as the blocks are manufactured
from natural aggregates which do change in colour from time to time and Baines Masonry has no control over this aspect of manufacture.
Blocks should be covered if inclement weather is imminent as masonry blocks should be dry when laid and all unfinished walls should also be covered at
the end of the day for protection from the elements.
If matching mortar colour with the block, use a colour oxide, white sand and white or off white cement. Trial batches should be completely dry before assessing
the colour match. Care should be taken to ensure every mortar batch is mixed to the same measured quantities to avoid mortar colour variation.
Keep mortar off the face of the blocks. Clean off droppings as work progresses and before mortar sets, cleaning down with acid should be avoided. A guide
to cleaning concrete masonry is available from the Concrete Masonry Association’s web site - www.cmaa.com.au
Correct construction rules are contained in Australian Standard AS 3700 which covers such topics as the correct use of control joints, bond beams, joint
reinforcement and mortar types.
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