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What’s the best way to protect a masonry wall from freeze/thaw cycling?

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From Andrew Piedl of James R. Gainfort, AIA Consulting Architcts on March 14, 2016:
Over-cladding may not be an option in some instances. Keeping out water is another 'traditional' way: flashing, coping, belt courses; repointing open mortar joints. There are also products that when applied that will not significantly alter the appearance of the brick, such as water repellents.

From Tom Schwerdt of TxDOT on March 9, 2016:
...says the fellow who manufactures EIFS. I thought the response was fine until "always" in the last sentence. For example, perhaps a spray-applied insulating coating would be sufficient (and cheaper) in some circumstances.

From John Edgar of John R.S. Edgar Consulting Inc. on March 8, 2016:
The best way, and the traditional way, is to keep the brick warm. You can do that by removing all interior insulation or over-clad the brick with EIFS. Over-cladding with EIFS is alway the best way to protect brick !

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