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