The popularity of brick and stone as building materials dates back centuries, but it wasn’t until the mid-1900s that masonry units beyond the standard shapes, sizes and colors became readily available. By the mid-1980’s, the mass production of so many different styles, colors and finishes of brick and block gave architects and contractors enhanced license for building creativity and design. Unfortunately, at that time, mortars for laying this new found wealth of masonry choices were still basically limited to gray and white.
Thanks to the advent of factory preblended mortars, today, architects and contractors enjoy the ability to provide custom colors for nearly any project. From the Texas Rangers Brick Red used on the Ballpark in Arlington to the Cordova Cream used on the George W. Bush Presidential Center (see project profile in this In The Mix issue), custom mortar color options are relatively endless when there is extensive collaboration and a shared commitment between the architect, mason contractor and mortar manufacturer. At QUIKRETE, we’re proud that our partnerships have resulted in thousands of custom mortar colors and satisfied customers on projects across the country. We credit a methodical approach for our success in delivering custom mortar colors to customers. A few considerations include:
The ability to make custom mortar colors that complement the bricks and/or stone as well as other architectural features allows the imagination to run wild in the design of any building, so while it’s a more complex and timely process, the results are worth the effort.