For those who are about to build a brand new home, or for those who are looking to give their home some kind of facelift, there is one type of building material you should use that you can’t go wrong with. This material is brick. Even though there are many other building materials on the market, bricks have sustained their popularity time and time again proving to be a successful building product in terms of function and aesthetics.
Bricks have been around for quiet a long time. From early civilizations till today, bricks have been used to build steps, pathways, walls, monuments, fireplaces, decks, and houses. Since bricks are an easy material to work with, just about anyone, novice or professional can work with them. The main reason they have stood the test of time is because of their durability.
Building with bricks has many benefits. First and foremost, bricks are known to be strong and durable. Bricks do not dent, twist, warp, rot, decay or erode, making them a highly reliable product. Bricks are also resistant to different climate extremes and can be made to withstand harsh soils. Due to these qualities, bricks outlast many other materials by decades, if not centuries.
Apart from being heavy-duty and long-lasting, another benefit of bricks is that they look fabulous. Given that they are made from clay and shale, bricks bring about a natural charm. Besides, being that bricks are natural, you won’t have to worry about any toxic emissions.
Bricks are completely safe for your health. What’s more is that no two bricks look the same, so when homes are built of bricks, each home carries its own unique character.
Even the design possibilities with bricks are endless. These days, there is a huge variety of bricks with differing sizes, colors, textures and shapes, so you are literally spoiled for choice when it comes to the design alternatives to choose from.
Another benefit of bricks is that they are good resistors of sound which is mainly due to their density. Bricks can decrease the external sounds made from aircrafts, cars and loud neighbors, ensuring you a quieter home. Also owing to their density, bricks perform well in terms of temperature control. Homes made from bricks slowly lose heat in winter and slowly warm up in summer consequently reducing heating and cooling expenses.
Since bricks are kiln-fired at extremely high temperatures, their colors are permanent. There’s no fading or peeling which may be associated with other materials. This leads us to another benefit and that is that bricks are maintenance-free. Building with bricks saves you time and money otherwise spent on maintenance.
Last but not least, is the benefit bricks have on the resale value of your home. Because bricks are dependable and are known to last, many home buyers trust and feel that buying a brick home provides a better return on investment.
In general, bricks are manufactured in two ways. The first is wire cut bricks. These bricks are made by shaping clay into one long column which is then wire cut into evenly shaped rectangular bricks.
Such bricks are known by their holes, are good value for money and come in many colors and textures.
The second is pressed bricks. Pressed bricks are made by pressing clay into separate moulds. Strong lines are formed and they are usually used to build homes. Dry pressed bricks have a grainy appearance, like a cork, while wet pressed bricks have a denser surface which is smoother and stronger.