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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 6 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