Can you fire proof a building?

While no building material is one hundred percent fireproof, selecting fire-resistant materials can help reduce the impact of fire and any potential tragedies. At Baines Masonry, we understand the importance of designing and constructing safe buildings, developing an innovative range of masonry products that exhibit fire-resistant characteristics.  ... Read more

Noise and Good Design

Noise can interfere with sleep, rest and conversation, causing fatigue, irritability, headaches and stress. Thoughtful design and the selection of materials with high acoustic performance is critical, especially in multi-residential contexts, as it can reduce the impact of noise and improve the quality of life for occupants.  ... Read more

Product Focus – SRW Premium Stone Seal

After an investment in stone, whether it be for a retaining wall or paved driveway, it’s important to always protect your stone surfaces. Our SRW Premium Stone Seal range is perfect for all types of stone, offering sealing and protective properties ensuring the longevity of use.  ... Read more

Benefits of light weight Masonry Blocks

While new wall systems become available as innovation and design evolve, it is often the proven construction systems that are best for effective and efficient construction. Baines Masonry’s BETTA BLOCK™ is one such block system providing environmental, structural, aesthetic and economic benefits.

The Baines Masonry BETTA BLOCK™ is made of 65% heavy industry by-products, reducing the amount of landfill generated from coal fired power stations and steel making industry. It uses 40% less cement then normally required with the addition of Discrete Super Fly Ash, resulting in 40% less CO2 emissions and up to a 45% lower carbon footprint than other masonry products

The BETTA BLOCK™ is a structurally sound option for building any project, ensuring longevity not only in design but in use. While the BETTA BLOCK™ light they remain strong with a compressive strength of more than 15MPa, complying with Australian Standards AS/NZS 4455.

The BETTA BLOCK™ “H” Block has a dry weight of less than 10.5Kg, making it the lightest full block available in the range. A lighter block means more product per load, reducing the transport impact on the environment and reducing freight costs. Its light weight also reduces injury risks and OH&S claims, ensuring a safer working environment with happier and more productive employees, adding to a cycle of further economic benefits.

The BETTA BLOCK™ provides an industrial but modern design aesthetic which is easily mixed and complemented by contrasting materials, such as timber, stone and metals. It provides an opportunity to use a variety of different colours, or keeping to a monochromatic tone. With options to cover with insitue stone or rendering the design possibilities are endless!

For more information on our BETTA BLOCK™ range and how our lightweight products can save you money, contact one of our industry experts!


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Designing with Coloured Masonry

Organic appeal with masonry blocks

Creating spaces with natural finishes has become increasingly popular when designing homes, with many homeowners wanting to incorporate outdoor spaces inside. Masonry blocks provide the answer!

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Product Focus – LockBlocks

The Baines Masonry LockBlock™ is a thin bed jointed interlocking block alternative to the standard mortared concrete block. The self-locating connectors make block laying easier and faster with no mortar to be mixed, just shell bed the blocks using SRW Adhesive to form 2mm joints.  ... Read more

Masonry Design Trends

Although masonry is a timeless choice when designing a new structure, key trends have been identified that elevate a project to new standards. Stay on trend with these styles for 2019!


Modern designs with sleek finished are a key when deciding on your masonry block. Smooth, honed and polished blocks provide a blank canvas for designing spaces and also enable you to develop spaces that evoke a sense of harmony and Zen. In contrast, the use of different textures can against a smooth surface create a point of interest. Try mixing it up and making a feature or two!


Light colours with natural tones, provide the perfect backdrop to any design. Light colours can make spaces look larger and ensure spaces can have versatile uses. Combined with natural elements, including stone and wood, light tones help create a cosy, warm, and friendly environment.

Creativity in design

While designs have seen an increase in modern and minimal designs, creativity has been reintroduced through clever uses of blocks, space and colour. Infinity illusions are a new trend characterised by an exterior masonry or stone that continues through to an interior wall, making a grand impression and an illusion of an infinity wall.


Using masonry to introduce warmth has been achieved through the creation of features throughout a space. This has been seen particularly in bathrooms, where traditionally they have been designed to be minimalist spaces. The introduction of stone and contracting masonry has enabled for natural tones and spaces that exuberate warmth and cosy atmospheres.

Larger Blocks

The want to create greater and open spaces has seen the introduction of larger masonry which provides greater uninterrupted surface areas. Again, this lends itself to a modern style, however, is a versatile design choice which would benefit an array of design styles.

To discuss how our masonry blocks can help you stay on trend in 2019, contact one of our industry experts!

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Masonry Blocks VS Bricks

Masonry blocks and bricks share some factors including their fire resistant properties, their high thermal mass and low insulation values. While Masonry blocks and bricks share these similarities, learning the difference between each can help you make an informed decision on what product to use in your next project.

1.Insulation – Masonry blocks have a higher insulation level, with bricks being that similar to wood-framed buildings.

2. Strength – While the strength of a wall can be dependent on the type of mortar used. In general, concrete blocks have a slightly higher level of strength than clay bricks, making them a stronger choice.

3.Cost – While the cost of the individual block or brick may be similar, it is the labour and technical skill needed that may influence costs. The larger size of the concrete masonry block may reduce the time needed to kay the blocks, thus reducing the costs associated with labour.

4.Weight - Masonry block and brick are both quite heavy materials. Their individual weight depends on the materials and type of construction. The cost associated with transporting and moving the blocks onto site may increase with the larger concrete blocks, with some instances requiring heavy machinery to move into specific areas before laying.

To find out how you can use Masonry blocks in your next project, contact one of our experts.


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