masonry training

Why You Should Consider Masonry Training

Learning a new trade is often a rewarding experience. It not only allows you to dabble in unexplored territories, but you could even make a career out of it if you work hard enough. This is especially true when it comes to masonry training. The only downside is the cost, as it is usually quite expensive to learn a new trade. However, that is not the case with Brickworks Academy.

Brickworks academy is a limited-time program that will teach you a wide variety of different mason-related skills and have you come out on the other side as a seasoned professional. But how do you know if the program is right for you? Here are some reasons why you should consider masonry training.

You’ll Learn a New Trade

Nothing is quite as exciting as learning something new, especially when you can use that new trade to make money and open the door to exciting opportunities. With Brickworks Academy, you’ll participate in two weeks of hands-on training where you will learn the ins and outs of masonry work, acquiring skills such as chimney repair, matching mortar and joint styles, and much, much more. If you love working with your hands to create and construct while being rewarded for your efforts, you might want to consider masonry training.

Masonry Training Opens Up Opportunities

Opportunities present themselves to us each and every day, and by seizing the opportunity to undergo masonry training, you’ll be opening the doors to many more. Those who pass the Brickworks Academy class with flying colors are even eligible to join the Brickworks team! Job opportunities will become immediately available as well, allowing you to use the skills you have just acquired in a real-world setting. By applying this knowledge, you will continue to gain valuable experience and build up a formidable line-up of projects for your future endeavors, providing support for your family as well as those whose homes you work on.

It Won’t Cost You a Penny

One of the best reasons for considering masonry training, at least at Brickworks Academy, is the fact that it is completely, one hundred percent free! Normally a training program like this can cost thousands of dollars, but Brickworks is offering their training service to anyone with the drive and determination to see it through to the end. This opportunity, valued at approximately $3,000, is entirely free of risk, allowing those that are interested the chance to complete the course without worrying about their bank account. You won’t even need to worry about paying for food during this time, as lunch and drinks will be provided daily!

Ready to Start Your Masonry Training?

There’s a lot to learn in the world of masonry work, but by undergoing the proper training courses, you’ll be able to confidently perform all of the masonry tasks of a professional and gain access to all of the benefits that come with it. With the opportunity to join the Brickworks team and learn all the skills of the trade free of charge, who could refuse? This year the program runs from February 28th through March 11th, so act fast!

If you’re interested in learning more about masonry training or brick work in general, Brickworks has you covered. Contact us or give us a call at 1-(586)-868-3234 today!

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3 Considerations for Repairing Brick Porches

When masterfully crafted, brick porches can provide a welcoming and aesthetically pleasing entrance for your home. They come in a variety of styles and colors, shapes and sizes, each uniquely designed according to their homeowner's personal preferences and the home designs. 

However, no porch is immune to the forces of mother nature, and eventually, they all need to be touched up or even completely reworked from the ground up. In this case, you’re best off contacting a trained professional—like those at Brickworks—to get the job done right. Here are some things to consider if you plan on having repair work done to your porch.

The Cost to Repair Brick Porches

Until the act of walking up their porch starts to feel like climbing over a pile of rubble, many people put off repairs for far too long. Why? Because it costs money, of course! However, the value of an up-to-date porch far outways the price.

Determining the overall cost to repair brick porches depends on a variety of factors, such as the severity of the damage, the types of repairs being done, the cost of labor, the materials being used, the scope of the project, location, and much more. When all the variables are taken into account, the price can range from a few hundred dollars all the way up to a few thousand! To gain an accurate picture of what it’s going to cost you specifically, get in touch with a reliable and trustworthy masonry contractor that can give you an estimate.

What’s the Damage?

A few cracked or raised bricks don’t pose much of a problem, and you might even be able to do minor repairs by yourself, but when things become more serious you’ll want to have it assessed. It might be worthwhile to hire a mason to inspect your porch, as they would be the best equipped to determine its overall condition and what your best course of action would be—Brickworks can give you a free estimate today! 

Water damage from rain, wear and tear from use over time, structural deterioration, damage to the foundation, overgrowth of roots, improper installation, certain types of ice melt, and simply having an older home can all affect the condition of brick porches. If the damage is extensive enough, you might want to consider forgoing repairs and instead opt to replace the porch entirely.

Porch Design

You might not need to think about porch design very much if the repairs needed for your porch are mostly aesthetic, as the overall design will not really need to be altered. However, if enough repair work is needed, you might be able to tweak its appearance. When additional structural work is required and the whole porch more or less needs a full makeover, it’s the perfect time to shake things up with a little redesign. 

Depending on the layout of the front of your home, you can most likely do whatever you like with your porch. It might benefit you to speak with a professional about your potential options as well as do research on your own to gain a sense of something you might like.

Don’t Let Your Porch Crumble!

If you want your brick porch to look as though it's just been reworked from the ground up—and in your case maybe it has—then it’s time to consider hiring a professional. Here at Brickworks, we’re dedicated to ensuring that your porch is in tip-top shape, whether that means assessing it for minor repairs and cleanings or changing things up by redesigning and building it for you brick by brick.

How does your brick porch look? Is it holding up, or does it need a little love? Maybe it needs to be replaced completely! Regardless of its condition, Brickworks is here to help. Reach out today or call (586) 330-4920 to learn more about how we can best help you!