Since the mortar joint makes up about 20 percent of a brick structure’s surface area, coloring the mortar enhances the building’s appearance. Solomon Colors’ Mortar Colors are available in unique, pre-weighed and pre-measured amounts to assure accurate color consistency. The A, H, and X series offer 60 standard colors pre-measured for use in mortar and other mixes. Solomon has set the standard for decades as the most consistent and most frequently specified mortar colors in United States. The company’s consistent coloring and depth of color choices enhance the beauty and value of brick, stone, and colored concrete block. See all of Solomon’s mortar colors on Autodesk Seek.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that up to 48 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions contributing to global climate change are a result of building construction and maintenance projects. That’s a much larger percentage than most Americans believe. According to a recent survey conducted by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), 40 percent of Americans blame auto emissions for global warming, while only 7 percent attribute the causes to the built environment.
Ironrock, a ceramic tile and thin brick manufacturer located in Canton, Ohio, has a new line of thin brick veneer called Royal Thin Brick®. Royal Thin Brick is kiln fired and tumbled thin brick made from locally sourced and recycled clay and shale.
What does alphabet soup have to do with Cast Stone? A major initiative of the Cast Stone Institute (CSI) is to interact with peers to affect mutual benefit for the concrete products industry. Two initiatives – implementation of a refined plant certification program and a change of executive directors a few years ago – brought to light the need to reach out and broaden our horizons. Credibility and accountability became more than buzzwords as we put teeth into the requirements for membership.