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Masonry Reinforcement

Masonry Reinforcement

Ancon Masonry Reinforcement, otherwise known as Bed Joint-Reinforcement, improves the structural performance of masonry walls by providing additional resistance to lateral loads e.g. wind. It also reduces the risk of cracking either at stress concentrations around openings or as a result of movement, in accordance with BS5628-3: 2005.

Bed joint reinforcement may be used for a variety of purposes and locations:

  • Increase panel sizes
  • Increase movement joint spacing
  • Feature courses, corbels, plinths
  • Collar-jointed walls
  • Corner and T junctions
  • Stack-bonded panels
  • Differential movement control
  • Above and below openings

In walls which have door and window openings, bed joint reinforcement can reduce the frequency of control joints. Reinforcement should be provided in the first and second courses above and below all openings and should extend no less than 600mm either side of the opening.

Bed joint reinforcement can also be used near the top of the structural walls abutting concrete roofs and to provide additional strength to parapet walls.

The Ancon range of masonry reinforcement comprises AMR, AMR-X, AMR-CJ and SMR 225C. Click the links below for more information.

Expanded Metal Lath

Expanded stainless steel lath, to be embedded in mortar joints, for the reinforcement of brick and block in non-structural applications. Suitable for use in internal and external masonry leaves.

Building Information Modelling

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