Masonry Levels: An Essential Tool For Stone Work


Levels are one of the most utilized yet underrated tools in craft and build work. There are various levels, from a simple line to post levels. Each level has its application. Typically, we can determine this by its sensitivity and build. One such specialized level is the mason or masonry level. As the name implies, much like concrete grinders, they are essential to every mason’s toolbox. This guide will explore masonry levels and how they differ from another level.

Why Do You Need Masonry Levels?

Masonry Spirit Level Held in a Gloved Hand

Masonry Spirit Level Held in a Gloved Hand

Primarily, masonry levels are far more robust as they must be able to withstand drops. 

Many good masonry levels feature a handle of some sort to make them easy to carry. Masonry level are also easier to clean. Therefore, it is inevitable that dust, dirt, grime, grout, etc., will cover many of your tools.

Types of Masonry Levels

Bricklayer Spirit Level

Bricklayer Spirit Level

There are two primary types of masonry levels:

  • Digital: they utilize a sensor to detect elevation levels or unevenness on a plane/surface. Consequently, they are more expensive than analog levels. They may use lasers or digital/photo imaging
  • Analog: traditional levels that use a bubble vial to measure the levelness of a field/plane/surface.

Picking the Best Masonry Level

A dirty spirit level on a bed of bricks

A dirty spirit level on a bed of bricks

How do you pick the right masonry level? You must look out for a few factors such as:

  • Size and weight: Masonry levels tend to be longer than other levels. Nevertheless, the dimensions and weight of the level are of utmost importance. The more lightweight, the better. However, its size will depend on your project.
  • Accuracy: Arguably, the most critical factor in choosing a level. It is best to select a level with 0.029°. 
  • Durability: Again, durability is what sets masonry levels apart from others. However, not all masonry levels offer the same amount of durability. A steel level is preferable to a wooden one. Make sure your chosen level has rubberized ends and fitted vials.
  • Coating: The coating will determine how easy it is to clean the level. Generally, metallic masonry levels have the best layers. 
  • Magnetism: If you plan to use your masonry level to measure metallic constructs, you should consider purchasing a magnetized one.
  • Price and Warranty: You should consider purchasing a spirit level with a lifetime warranty. However, cheaper ones will typically offer a year to a three-year contract. 
Worker checking the horizontal level of a house

Worker checking the horizontal level of a house


The above guide explores the masonry level. It investigated what makes them different and what types you can find. If you have reached this point in the direction, you should understand why they are an essential building tool for brick-and-mortar projects. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us.

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