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Everything You Need to Know About Bricks

9 June 2020


Bricks are an essential material used for masonry construction work. Bricks are also one of the oldest and most common structural materials in the industry. The most common bricks are common burnt clay bricks. These are red bricks that are often used for exterior housing walls and interior fireplaces. The second most common brick types are sand lime bricks and engineering bricks. These are known for their strength and load bearing capacity. Other types of bricks include concrete bricks and fly ash bricks.

Did you know bricks are also categorized?

There are ‘facing’ bricks that are usually used on the exterior of a home. ‘Backing’ bricks are used for internal structures. There are thin brick veneers used for cladding. Paving bricks are used for pavements.  There are also perforated bricks with large holes drilled through them, these are much lighter in weight.

What are bricks used for?

Bricks are used for foundations, pillars, walls, landscaping, road surfacing (though this is less common now), and for design purposes. Bricks are usually mixed with a cementitious mortar which acts as a binding agent to join the bricks together firmly.

What are the advantages of using bricks?

First and foremost, bricks add a natural, warm aesthetic to any room. Bricks are also strong and durable which is why they are often used for foundations and structures. They are also very wear-resistant, unlike wood. They are a very porous material, meaning that they absorb and release moisture easily. This regulates temperatures and humidity.

What type of brick do you need?

Bullnose brick-a smooth edged brick that is typically used for aesthetic purposes. Its corners are rounded off so it is perfect for rounded, circular structures like garden beds, steps or in capping walls.

Channel bricks-channel bricks are designed for channels or gutters. There have a draining capability. 

Cownose bricks-this brick is curved on both top ends. Similar to the bullnose brick, it is often used for design purposes.

Coping bricks- These are usually used at the top of a brick wall or structure. They range in thickness and shape depending on desired design. The most common coping brick is rounded with a pointed top. It provides a neat finish.

Hollow bricks-Also known as cavity or cellular bricks. Hollow bricks is a light-weight brick with cavities in the center that are designed to be filled with cement or clay. Due to their light-weight nature, they have a quick build time making them an efficient construction material. They are used in the building of partition walls.

Paving bricks-are a solid brick, sometimes made with small cavities through the center. They are generally made from clay and are most commonly used for outdoor pathways/pavements. Can also come in various colours from red-grey depending on design requirements.

Perforated bricks-These light-weight bricks have cylindrical holes through the center. They are used to make more light-weight structures and offer reasonable insulation.

Can I find bricks on GreenHands?

As previously mentioned, bricks are one of the most common construction materials. If you have just completed the demolition of a property and you have a bundle of leftover bricks, upload them to the GreenHands platform and see who else might want them. Bricks are a recyclable material.

Perhaps you are about to start on a new construction project, and you need some facing bricks. There are some waiting to be collected on the GreenHands platform right now! Simply follow this link:



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