15 Aug Incredible Facts You Didn’t Know About Bricks
Aside from all the benefits of using brick – which you can read about in our previous blog “Why Build With Brick” – bricks are not as plain and simple as one may think. Here are incredible facts about brick:
Yes, you read that right. Some bricks have indentations on their surfaces which form after being baked and have been given the name ‘frogs’. Nobody really knows why, but bricklayers and traders are well aware of this term in their lingo and may use it to communicate which direction the bricks should be laid – up or down.
Chemical and Mineral Content Control Colour
The final colour of bricks after being baked is directly controlled by the mineral and chemical composition of the raw materials. Usually, sand, clay, lime, magnesia, and iron oxide are the ingredients used most conventionally. Red bricks are caused by the iron turning into iron oxide, and yellow bricks come from higher lime content.
Bricks Are The Most Eco-Friendly Building Material
Aside from the plethora of advantages of using brick to build with, bricks are the ‘greenest’ materials to build with. They are biodegradable and recyclable, last for many years leave a very minor carbon footprint. They are energy efficient to produce and when excess is created, many options for reuse open up. We have a blog on how you can use your left-over bricks wisely and efficiently,
Bricks were the first product in history to be properly trademarked, numbered, and branded. It started during the time of Ancient Egypt when slaves started marking their bricks with their names to ensure an accurate output count.
Different Bricks For Different Uses
While most bricks are made from clay and shale, bricks are sorted categorically for different uses. Common bricks focus on their functionality while Face-bricks focus on external appearance.
Fireplaces, kilns, and furnaces require their own type of brick known as ‘fire bricks’ since they can withstand extreme heat. Fire bricks have additives in their mixture to ensure low thermal conductivity and energy efficiency.
‘Paving bricks’ are another type of brick used in the construction of roads and walkways.