As with all building systems, there are minimum requirements required by Code, and then there are additional steps that can be done to improve the overall performance of the building system.
The following ‘Best Practices’ are our general opinion based on the knowledge of our local markets. They are not intended to override any code requirements mandated. If you have specific questions about our recommendations, please contact our representative in your market. Our representative will address your specific application needs.
Designing a water repellent masonry wall system requires proper design, proper workmanship and the right materials. All of these elements must also be coordinated with other work trades in order to ensure a weather tight building envelope.
By design, brick veneer walls are a drainage-type wall system. Water is assumed to penetrate the brickwork; therefore, precautions must be taken to both minimize its entry and to redirect any water that does get in back out to the exterior. Proper flashing, weeps, and an air space are all necessary to create an efficient drainage system.
Manufactured stone veneer has the appearance of natural stone, but is manufactured from concrete. The veneer is increasing in popularity and being used aesthetically for commercial and residential applications, giving buildings a rich, upscale look.
The intent of this document is to communicate the best practices for design of Segmental Retaining Walls (SRW) as determined by Allan Block Corporation based on 25 plus years of research, design and field experience. This is not meant to be a final authority as each project has their own set of unique situations