When choosing the correct brick it can be a challenge with all the different textures, colour and sizes, so here is a simple guide to follow.
Types of Bricks.
Most facing bricks have a pattern on one side this can rustic (pictured) sand faced, wire faced and hand made. strengths vary as some bricks are fired in the kiln for longer which makes the stronger. If you require brick matching to compliment an existing building, take pictures or take an existing brick to the Builders Merchants or you can hire a brick matching expert.
These bricks are the strongest and very versatile, they are used most commonly used below DPC (Damp Proof Course) as they do not penetrate water as a normal brick. Most garden walls will have the first 2-3 courses of brick built with these so water wont travel up the wall. They are also good for decorative purposes on top of windows and garden walls
Most common colour for a brick is red, but can also be bought in an array of other colours, yellow, brown and multicoloured variations, this can make it even more confusing when purchasing the correct brick for the job at hand. Brick match your project well because nothing looks worse than if it sticks out like a sore thumb!!
Today we use metric sizes and they are 215 x 102.5 x 65mm some of the older properties we live in would have used imperial bricks, the sizes for imperial are 8½ × 4 × 2½ inches it again can be confusing as the new replacement for imperial is 215 x 102.5 x 73 so when laying these be careful as the length is a little smaller than the original imperial brick which can cause problems trying to match existing.
Hope that has helped with your choice of bricks, my next article will be on efflorescence (that chalky white stuff that does your head in) please share and like!!!