Clay bricks have been used as a construction product for thousands of years, finding uses in Roman and Medieval times, and are still very much relevant today in modern architecture.
Bricks are a versatile and sustainable building material. They are durable, require little or no maintenance and can be recycled at the end of their use. They also contribute to thermal mass, resulting in buildings which need less energy for heating and cooling. When combined with good building design, bricks can offer long term life performance and provide healthy and comfortable environments.
There are a wide range of high quality clay facing bricks within the UK – all with BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing of Materials certification. This includes a range of wirecut extruded bricks, stock pressed and thrown bricks and the original Fletton London brick. To complement the clay facing bricks, there is an enormous range of standard and non standard special shaped bricks, modular bricks and blocks, blended bricks and restoration bricks.
Wirecut bricks are available in a range of colours including red, buff, yellow, brown, blue and grey all of which come in a variety of textures: a smooth finish, which gives a consistent, uniform character; light textured, which is modern and uniform, with an indented or printed finish; heavy textured, which has a harder and rougher texture for a more rustic brick with a consistent finish; and tumbled, a distressed and irregular shape associated with reclaimed bricks.
Stock bricks are available with a pressed or thrown finish to provide a softer profile and a creased surface texture often replicating the appearance of a traditionally hand thrown product. These come in a range of colours and are suitable for all domestic and commercial applications.
For more information visit the Brick Development Association at www.brick.org.uk.