Introduction to Brick Masonry

Brick Masonry Overview

Brick Steps Brick masonry is widely used in many forms of construction, landscaping and hardscaping industries. Ever since the days of the Mesopotamian's, brick masonry has been used to build houses and other forms of shelter, as well as pathways, decks, steps and walls. Amongst all the different types of building materials available, brick masonry is the most popular.

How is Brick Masonry Produced?

Brick masonry is made up from clay and shale. There are two differing methods to create brick masonry. One is when the clay is shaped into a column and then wire cut to provide rectangular pieces of brick. The other is when brick masonry can be made by pressing clay into separate rectangular molds. The bricks are then fired under extremely high temperatures. Both ways produce brick masonry which makes for an excellent building product.

The Advantages of Brick Masonry

Brick FireplaceBrick masonry has several advantages over other types of building materials. Brick masonry does not warp, bend, dent, rot, rust, burn or splinter. Even the colors of brick masonry will not fade since the bricks are fired at extremely high temperatures, locking the colors in. Brick masonry does not need painting or staining. It looks naturally beautiful just the way it is.

 

Brick MasonryBrick masonry is known to be hard-wearing and, most importantly, long-lasting. Constructing with brick masonry means you will have a piece of work that will last a lifetime. For this reason, and the fact that hardly any maintenance is needed, many homeowners consider brick masonry to be a very good investment. Studies have even shown that the majority of home buyers opt for houses made up of brick masonry due to its many advantages. Another fact is that brick masonry can reduce your fire insurance premium by up to fifty percent.

Bricks

Brick HomeMany homeowners enjoy do-it-yourself projects involving bricks, for it is very easy to work with. Plus, eliminating a professional builder will consequently save you a lot of money. Even if you are a beginner, there is no need to be concerned, a few carefully studied steps will get you working with brick masonry on what you intend to build.

Retaining walls, pathways, driveways, decks, patios, fireplaces, mailboxes and steps are all examples of popular do-it-yourself brick projects. With the many different colors and textures of bricks available on the market, you will be able to find just the right styles to suit your taste and allow you to be creative. If you are not convinced about working with bricks yourself, then you can be sure to find a number of professional builders in your area.

The average face brick size is 76mm high x 230mm long x 110mm wide. Other sizes do certainly exist, either smaller or bigger. You can even find square shaped bricks, not just rectangular. Just bear in mind though, when dealing with bricks it is better to choose bigger bricks. Bigger bricks will save you time when building as you will be laying less bricks, and they will also save you money for they require less mortar per square meter.

Masonry Stoves & Fireplaces

Masonry Fireplace There are so many benefits and advantages that masonry fireplaces and stoves provide for outdoor purposes in comparison to other materials that are available for home owners to choose from. The biggest issue is you really need to be careful in selecting the right material for your outdoor fireplace and stoves. You want a material that will tolerate rain, hail or shine. That is why the most popular material that many home owners choose is masonry stoves and fireplaces because it does tolerate all weather conditions and it is so durable. Some materials may be less expensive then masonry, but will they last as long or still look good in time? Other materials may corrode and rust in time and probably loose their appeal, so if you are considering an outdoor fireplace or stove, select the best and you wont regret it.

How to Lay Brick

Laying BricksThe main benefits of brick materials is their long lasting structural attributes , they are very strong, they will withstand all weather conditions, they will not rust or corrode, they will not fade and they are very affordable. The other benefit to brick applications is with the right knowledge the average home owner or DIY enthusiast can build just about any small project with brick materials. You don’t have to be a professional brick layer as long as you know and understand all the base preparation that are required, what materials and equipment that are required on how to lay bricks.

Patio Bricks

Patio bricks are the ideal and most popular choice for foundations because of their inexpensive costs, durability and long lasting attributes. Your patio furniture will not affect the surface of the bricks as they can be sealed for further protection against scratches, stains and spills. A stylish and beautiful brick patio will help add value to your property and also provide an outdoor entertaining area for families to enjoy all year round.

Patio bricks have been around for many years. They have stood the test of time because they will last a lifetime and this is a great investment for homeowners. Today there are so wide ranges of shapes, sizes and colors of brick patios. This means that we have much more design opportunities these days.

Thin Bricks

Thin BricksDecorative walls can be achieved at half the costs with the use of thin brick. Decorative thin brick can also be applied to all types of conventional brick applications to preserve the appearance of the conventional bricks and also preserving their advantages. Decorative features can be created around the home externally or internally with the use of decorative thin bricks.

A masonry wall with the look of class, style and individuality can be achieved by using thin brick. Thin brick can also be colored to imitate loads of natural stones and antique styled masonry materials. The precision of spacing, laying and patterning is vital for the overall finished decorative feature so it is important to plan and prepare before beginning this type of thin brick application.

Brick Flooring & Tiles

Brick FlooringThere are several types of brick flooring and tile products that will add character, out perform other types of concrete brick and pavers, on the market these days. Their enriched colors, rough surface, miss matched sizes provide an interesting but some what unusual flooring that oozes with character and an addition of American history. Bricks are a very popular choice for flooring applications in residential and commercial properties.

 

When there’s a need for surfacing, brick flooring and tiles will do the best job. Brick tile is normally used for covering walls and floors. Made from the natural resources of clay and shale, brick tiles have a beauty and appeal that no other material can match. Using brick tile as a flooring surface gives your home an elegant and traditional look.