When it comes to the masonry over traditional wood debate, studies have shown that brick and stone are the better options in most cases. The biggest advantage that stone and brick have over wood is overall protection. A study from Storm in 2004 reported that brick offers much better impact protection from wind-blown debris. To be exact, the study proved that brick structures well exceed the 34 miles per hour impact resistance that is required for high-velocity hurricane zones in place in Florida’s building code. Also, you won’t have to worry about a fire destroying your structure, unlike wood, while there may be some ash left over, your brick or stone will stand tall.