For thousands of years, architects and builders have chosen masonry for its beauty and durability. The Egyptian Pyramids, the Coliseum in Rome, the Great Wall of China – these are what we consider to be among the most amazing architectural achievements ever built. …And they were created by leading innovators in the field of masonry. From laying a simple masonry wall to installing an ornate exterior – this is one industry that knows no bounds.
Over the years there have been many innovations in masonry construction, to say the least. For example, in 4,000 B.C. bricks began to be produced in uniform shapes, something we take for granted today but which was probably a pretty radical development at the time. In the 21st Century, the innovative accomplishments made by a company called Mortar Net Solutions would truly do their ancestors proud. In fact, if Mortar Net products had been available when masonry debuted as a building material, ancient masonry structures may have looked a whole lot different. And if those first masons had been provided with technical support that was of the highest level – which Mortar Net Solutions is famous for – perhaps they would have been even more successful – and probably less stressed.
In the construction industry, the best companies are working to make sure that our architectural achievements last just as long and stand just a proudly as the ones from long ago. Which is why Mortar Net Solutions is one company that inspires confidence and causes masons to not only want, but need, their innovative line of products in order to have total assurance that their work will remain beautiful and trouble-free for decades.
So, who would you go to in order to learn about masonry and the best products available for that industry? It’s not a hard question to answer-Experienced masons. (See? Not tough.) When you add a superior sales team and a technical support crew that is well beyond the ‘best’ – you have Mortar Net Solutions. This is the company that has been the leader for over 20 years in developing and providing moisture management solutions for masonry construction.
And it’s no wonder that Mortar Net Solutions is the leader, considering it was founded in 1992 by a winning combination of masonry experts: A man with over twenty-five years of experience as a mason, combined with a masonry industry expert consultant with over forty-five years’ experience. These forward-thinkers knew how expensive it is to tear apart and repair a water-damaged wall, and they decided to find a way to prevent that damage. They saw that most of the water damage resulted from clogged weep holes in the face brick caused by mortar droppings falling into the cavity between the brick and structural wall as the brick was being laid. They developed and patented MortarNet to solve this problem. With its distinctive dovetail shape and 90% open weave mesh material MortarNet prevents mortar damming by collecting mortar droppings on two levels while providing multiple open channels for moisture to migrate to the weeps. It was the first real solution to this devastating problem, and the company has been introducing innovative solutions ever since.
There is a wealth of new proprietary solutions for masonry construction that include: TotalFlash®, BlockFlash®, BlockNet®, HouseNet®, WallNet™, WeepVent™ and CellVent™ – Mortar Net Solutions continually researches and creates state-of-the-art solutions that are all about enhancing the durability and beauty of masonry construction while substantially reducing construction and maintenance costs.
One of the most important issues that masonry contractors have always faced is how to properly install flashing so that water is quickly removed from the building envelope and can’t penetrate to the building’s interior. As building materials and methods have evolved, flashing innovations have had to keep up to protect sheathing, siding and the building structure itself from excess moisture.
To give you just a taste of the patented solutions Mortar Net provides, the TotalFlash® Cavity-Wall Drainage Solution provides a cutting-edge flashing solution no one else in the industry can offer. It literally cuts labor costs in half (compared to peel-and-stick membrane installation), provides superior moisture protection, and offers a huge selection of configurations and materials that have every job taken care of.
TotalFlash is available in boxes of 10 pre-assembled 5’ 6” panels and in 50’ rolls. , TotalFlash panels consist of a flashing membrane with an integrated anti-damming drainage mat, weep tabs, drip edge and termination bar. On the 50’ rolls, the mortar collection and drainage mat is permanently adhered to the flashing membrane using a new method developed by the amazing minds at Mortar Net, allowing the formation of an air-tight and water-tight lap joint or termination point with minimal waste at any point along the membrane. And unlike the rest of the industry, Mortar Net provides 14” high injection-molded inside/outside High Corner Boots for use with the panels and rolls. (The rest of the industry stands at 8”.) These unique one-piece corner boots cut installation time by eliminating the need for field fabrication and reduce the chances of leaks at the corners. End dams and specially formulated sealant/adhesives are also available.
The ‘extras’ are monumental…and so are the benefits. This product is proven to cut installation time by at least 50%, and the rolls can be purchased with or without termination bars and drip edges, to match any job requirement. Add in the fact that Mortar Net Solutions provides a free takeoff service guaranteeing delivery of the right types and quantities of their products to your site, and you’re looking at absolutely no slow-downs on the job. What’s more, Mortar Net will custom cut TotalFlash to fit multiple wall openings so masons can quickly and easily install TotalFlash over windows and doors – another free service. Mortar Net makes sure that not only does the product fit the job, but that the job continues effortlessly and without unwanted delays.
BlockFlash® is yet another ‘gift’ to the masonry world. It’s a patented embeddable moisture management flashing solution for exterior single wythe C.M.U. walls. Not only does this product prevent mortar damming inside the C.M.U. cells, collect moisture in the wall and channel it to the exterior, but it’s a ‘complete’ flashing solution – no additional components are required. At the base of the wall; above door and window openings; above bond beams; in parapet walls – BlockFlash® provides quick and easy installation with minimal training and requires no fasteners or adhesives. Impervious to water, UV stabilized – everything about this ‘solution’ helps make sure the job is done well and cost-effectively.
What’s more, that outstanding technical support ‘crew’ that only Mortar Net Solutions provides is always there. No stone is left unturned, no question remains unanswered – this company is virtually a builder‘s and mason’s dream.
Best news? They show no signs of slowing down when it comes to finding solutions to moisture management problems for masonry construction. Far into the future, when our ‘pyramids’ are gazed at one fine day and people wonder to themselves how on earth they’ve lasted so long – Mortar Net Solutions will be one of the innovative companies to thank!
**Be sure to join Mortar Net Solutions at the “World of Concrete” – the industry’s annual international event dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry construction industries. Feb 5th – 8th at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV.