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Masonry contractors in Ottawa: we found the best ones!
If you’re looking for a bricklayer or mason in Ottawa - to get masonry work done in either a residential or commercial setting - you’ve come to the right place! We’ve gathered together the best masonry contractors in Ottawa and have taken the liberty to pass them through a fine-toothed comb. Our contractor audit is purposely done to allow you to get your brick or stone installed properly by trustworthy masonry contractors .
At RenoAssistance, we only work with masons worthy of our 360° Verified Contractor seal of approval – coincidently the best verification process in the industry – to reduce any risks you might be taking when undergoing renovation projects. We’ll even send you all referred masonry companies’ verification reports. A Renovation Advisor will also be available to answer any questions you may have regarding the masonry work you need to get done – all at no cost, no obligation to you.
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3 free quotes from the best masonry companies - and much more!
At RenoAssistance, we aim to find the best bang for your buck. By putting up to 3 masonry contractors head to head for your project, they tend to satisfy their clients one after the other. Seeing as they all bid for your masonry work, they have no interest in over-charging, nor doing a bad job. With this competitive component, we boost your chances of finding the perfect mason for your masonry work – at the best possible price!
What is a mason? What is a bricklayer?
A bricklayer is a craftsman (usually a worker) that specializes in building walls or buildings by primarily using (laying) bricks.
A mason, on the other hand, is a contractor or worker that builds or restores masonry work (grand projects, repairs, etc.) – whether it be with stone, bricks, rubble – all held together with mortar, plaster or cement. A mason has a greater skillset than a bricklayer as their work can be more detail oriented.
Which questions should I be asking a masonry contractor?
First and foremost, to pick the best professional for your masonry work, we insist that you meet with those who will be providing you with quotes. You should avoid doing business with masonry contractors that offer to pass by while you’re at work and leave a quote in your mailbox. All you’ll have to base your decision on is a piece of paper with a price on it, which isn’t ideal.
When meeting with the contractors, you’ll be able to sense which ones are truly interested in doing the work you need to get done. Do they walk around the building to assess the situation? If unsure, do they test certain areas or elements to avoid any surprises coming your way? Do they discuss the procedures they will be putting into place to ensure safety on the grounds?... Or, do they pressure you into signing an agreement with them so that they can move onto another paying customer? Of course, a simple meeting might not divulge all the information you need, but it will surely give you an impression on their business and their intentions.
10 questions to ask masonry companies that will quote your project
Here are some questions you should ask masonry professionals when you meet with them:
- How long will the work take?
- Will it be your employees or subcontractors doing the work?
- How many years of experience do the workers doing the job have?
- Who will be supervising the worksite?
- How will you protect the grounds around the worksite?
- What materials do you use to get the work done?
- Is debris disposal included in your quote?
- What guarantees are included in the work done?
- Will we need to prepare anything before, or pick up anything after the job is completed – or are you offering a “turnkey” service?
- How long have you been in business with this business name and license number (if applicable)?
What kind of work can a masonry contractor do?
Laying stone or bricklaying
Brick or stone can remain in good condition for over a century, however the mortar joints have a lifespan of only about 25 years – and that’s if they were done correctly by a good mason in the first place!
It’s totally normal for a brick or stone building to have to get its masonry joints redone. The work consists in removing part of the old mortar and redoing the joints with new mortar – that’s what we call repointing.
Bowed brick (bulging brick) repair
Bowing brick is an issue that arises when there is water that has infiltrated through the mortar joints on a brick or stone wall. When this infiltrated water freezes, it expands (the same concept applies when potholes are created) or rusts the anchors. Bowed brick is usually noticed at the end of winter months and must be repaired quickly so as not to ruin the wall’s integrity and cause it to detach from the building and collapse.
Heritage building restoration
If your building is in an older part of town, where preserving its heritage is required, you’ll need to work with highly skilled masons (not bricklayers) that have experience in heritage restoration. This work is quite meticulous – there’s a possibility that every stone needs to be numbered in order to preserve the originality of the building and to respect the municipality’s requirements.
Examples of masonry work done by our 360° Verified masonry contractors
How much does a masonry contractor cost?
A qualified mason usually works for a rate of between $45 and $80/hour. This means that your masonry project’s cost will depend on the labour hours and the materials – not only the brick or stone, but also the anchors used, the mortar, and other supplies. To that cost, you’ll also need to budget for the time and material used to protect the worksite, installing and removing the scaffolds, etc. To have a better idea on the cost breakdown, take a look at our masonry work cost article. Our Renovation Advisors can also provide you with an approximate estimation of the price your project will cost you if you provide them with photos.
What are the potential consequences of working with "inexpensive" masonry contracors?
It’s quite easy to find contractors that supply themselves in cheap laboured masons (more often bricklayers). Though, be warned, their work may not be up to your expectations. Saving some money isn’t worth the hassle of having to get the work redone or having to get expensive repairs done on poorly executed work. Badly prepared (i.e. mixed) mortar – or a poor quality one – can erode (crumble) only after a few months. Poorly installed anchors won’t hold the wall properly either. And, of course, poorly installed brick or stone will make way for water infiltration and cause the brick to bow prematurely and put people’s safety at risk.
We truly believe that paying a fair price for a competent mason with a good reputation is worth the investment – especially over time. That’s why we pick up to 3 masonry contractors to compete against one another so that you can get the best possible price for quality work!
How to find the best masonry companies in Ottawa
If you’re looking to find the best masons in Ottawa, you can ask your friends, family, or neighbours to refer you to some. Though, it can take a few years to know if work was well done. We suggest you audit the contractors that interest you before hiring them.
At RenoAssistance, we’ve already taken the time to audit dozens of masons (and masonry companies) and have kept the most noteworthy ones in our database. Why not make your life easier by letting us refer you them? We can do so at no cost, no obligation to you. One of our advisors will gladly help you understand the quotes you receive or answer any questions you may have. We aim to minimise any risks you may incur during renovations, all while maximising their success!
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