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Concrete Masonry Veneer

Where a full concrete masonry wall is not practical or possible, Veneer units manufactured by Angelus Block afford the same attractive and maintenance-free wall surface as structural cmu. Certain conditions may exist that would dictate use of Veneers instead of a full cmu wall, such as weight limitations in a wall, cantilever, long spans, existing walls, etc. Otherwise, it is generally more economical to construct a conventional structural cmu wall. The installed cost of concrete masonry veneer is very near that of a full hollow unit wall of like face texture, and, added to the cost of the structural backing, will likely total more than the self-supporting cmu wall.

Concrete masonry veneer units are installed as anchored veneer or adhered veneer. Construction and materials are governed by Chapter 14 of the California Building Code and Chapter 12 of MSJC (TMS 402/ACI 530/ASCE 5). See Masonry Veneer Code References. Please refer to the code for specific requirements.


A common veneer system consists of (from inside out) the structural back-up (studs and plywood sheathing shown here), waterproof sheathing, wall ties, 1-inch min. air space, joint reinforcement, and the cmu/mortar installation.

The basic elements of a veneer application above an opening, including a steel angle lintel and flashing.
Basic Wall Tie Types
Corrugated
Slot

For Seismic Design Categories E and F, the tie shall have a lip to engage horizontal joint reinforcement.

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Concrete Masonry Veneer