Each year, masons build and repair a wide variety of stone and brick structures, including retaining walls, steps, stoops, patios, chimneys, mailboxes, and outside home walls. While the cost of building the same structure out of brick, stone, and mortar is generally more expensive than building out of wood, brick and stone have a distinctive, classic look and, if constructed correctly, are extremely durable. Because experience is key to successful repair, make sure the mason you hire is experienced in the particular type of work you need. A mason highly experienced in building new homes may have no experience in repair or matching brick and mortar. Such a mason might not be the best choice for repairing a crack or a sagging arch. A few masonry companies did well in the Best Pick Reports research.