Bricks

Most of our branches have extensive brick libraries with manufacturers photo cards to be taken away to assist with your brick match. Many of our branches have a brick specialist with comprehensive knowledge of bricks that are manufactured in and imported into the UK. You will get a professional and friendly service backed up by the technical support offered by all of our brick suppliers.

Clay Brick Types

Facing:

Wirecut

The Wirecut range of bricks is the most widely used in the UK. The process of clay extruded through a shaped die with sand or texturing giving the final finish to the brick. Wirecut bricks are produced with crisp sharp edges in a vast range of colours and textures.

Stock Bricks

Stock bricks are formed by pressing wet clay into a sanded mould. This process gives the brick a softer texture and a more irregular appearance. These are also manufactured in a vast range of colours and textures.

Waterstruck

This is a soft-mud process. The moulds are lubricated with oil or water giving bricks a smooth finish.

Handmade Bricks

Handmade bricks are made by a person throwing the clay by hand into a mould giving the brick a distinctive look with both creases and an irregular appearance. These are widely known bricks which give a character finish with its own style.

 

Engineering:

Engineering bricks have a high compressive strength and low water absorption. There are two grades of engineering brick, Class A being the stronger with a minimum compressive strength of 70N/mm². Class B has a minimum compressive strength of 50N/mm². Both types are ideal for use below DPC level.

Special Shape Bricks:

All manufacturers make a vast range of special shaped bricks to match all the above processes. Some of our branches keep a range of these bricks in stock. We also offer a cut and bond service reducing lead times on special shaped bricks.