Types of brick available for your new build

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10.09.2021

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When it comes to types of bricks available for your new-build property development, there are several options. To help simplify things, here are some key considerations that will help you choose the right type of brick for your construction project:

Colour – Bricks come in so many colour variations. With white, cream, yellow, orangey reds, browns and blue tones in appearance.

Texture – Handmade bricks have a rougher, open texture and feature an attractive creased face. You can also achieve a more bespoke look with a range of colours as well as sizes. Wirecut bricks are smoother in appearance and designed to fit snugly to one another. The finished product is slightly lighter and more suited to modern building techniques without any loss of strength.The cheapest types of facing bricks are wire-cut and are between £250 per 1,000 and £400/1,000, while distinctive handmade bricks are upwards of £600 per 1,000

Size – Pre-1965 houses were built using imperial-sized bricks, which typically measured 9in (w) x 4.5in (d) x 3in (h). Now metric size bricks are used. They’re slightly smaller at 215mm x 102.5mm x 65mm.

Specification – Bricks should carry a BS EN 771-1 certificate and comply with UK and EU laws and standards. Bricks are made from natural clay minerals, including kaolin and shale. Manganese and barium are added to create different colours as well and barium carbonate is used to improve brick’s resistance to the elements.

Delivery – With some manufacturers having over 12-months wait times, make sure you know they offer a speedy delivery. This guide to types of brick explains the options available, their distinguished features and where they’re best used to help your brick buying decision for your new-build property development. Best of all, they’re readily available to order straight away.

Wirecut bricks

Alderley Antique pressed stock bricks

Pressed Stock

Alderley Antique

Rosley Red

(Best for a smooth finish)

Is a wire-cut brick with a clean, straight pattern and vibrant colour. The Rosley Red is an iconic brick that features a bright red colour with grey undertones and sand-like texture. Great for new build developments offering value for money and simplicity of specification.

Alderley Antique pressed stock bricks

Pressed Stock

Alderley Antique

Kentmere Light

(Best for those on a budget)

As a facing brick, the Kentmere light brick is commonly chosen for its aesthetic qualities and will provide a light reddy/yellow textured façade. This wirecut brick is perfect for new build developments for speed, looks and style in a smooth finish.

Alderley Antique pressed stock bricks

Pressed Stock

Alderley Antique

Stainton Antique

(Best for decorative)

With a plethora of colourful tones, the Stainton Antique wirecut brick is handcrafted to perfection. Closely fashioned after the traditional colonial brick seen on Philadelphia’s historic streets, it is both functional and decorative.

Handmade bricks

Adlington Multi bricks

Wirecut

Adlington Multi

Old Mill

(Best for an earthy, textured finish)

This distinctive brickwork style is synonymous with traditional homes in Cheshire. The Old Mill handmade brick is weathered and aged to a highly textured finish and are indistinguishable from salvaged bricks.

Adlington Multi bricks

Wirecut

Adlington Multi

Barcombe Blend

(Best for an authentic look and building in conservation areas)

Handmade to replicate building materials used throughout the shire counties for hundreds of years, Barcombe Blend bricks feature subtle orange, red and brown shades. They blend unobtrusively into their surroundings making them perfect for the town and countryside.

Manchester Victorian Pressed brick

Pressed Stock

Manchester Victorian Pressed

Newlyn Heritage

(Best for a characteristic and vintage look)

The Newlyn Heritage handmade brick is made by skilled craftsmen using traditional methods. Only the highest quality clay and natural local sand and grit are used in its manufacture. The strength and quality of Newlyn Heritage handmade bricks are also shown in their longer-life and resistance to frost and decomposition. The bricks use traditional, old-fashioned firing techniques to give them their characteristic vintage look.

Once you know the brick you are after, you will be ready to buy the bricks for your development. There are plenty of places to buy our bricks from, either directly from us or your local builders’ merchant.