If you’re considering a home renovation project, particularly to older homes, then one of the things that you’ll need to consider is that your bricks match. Whether you are adding on an extension or simply doing up your existing home, if you don’t match your bricks right they will stand out in a way that isn’t pleasing to the eye. Mismatched bricks can even affect the structural integrity of your home.
There are many kinds of bricks to be found in the UK nowadays but that doesn’t mean your task will be easy. Luckily, Glasgow Brickyard are the experts at this and they can advise on how to seamlessly blend your bricks so they look like they have always been there.
What to Consider
When it comes to sourcing bricks for your home renovation project, here’s what you need to think about:
- Colour: Colour variance is common in bricks because the colour comes from the raw materials used during the manufacturing process. What is important is to get an accurate timeline to try and get your bricks from the same batch. The usual practice is to use at least 3 packs concurrently so that you get a more blended finish.
- Size: The size of bricks has changed throughout the years. Until recently imperial bricks were used and their size is 228 x 110 x 68 mm. Since 1965 we’ve used the metric system and brick sizes changed to 215 x 102.5 x 65 mm. You can incorporate metric bricks into existing imperial masonry structure by increasing the mortar joint bed but it’s better to try and source the original size for a better result visually.
- Texture: Colour is usually the main concern when getting bricks to blend, but do think about the texture too. If the original brickwork is smooth then a heavy texture probably won’t look as good in your project. It’s something that won’t be that noticeable from afar, but becomes quite pronounced up close.
Ways to match bricks
There’s currently a current brick shortage in the UK, with many specialist brick manufacturers closed down, so finding your original bricks can be tricky, however here are some other ways you can explore to find a good match.
- Reclaimed Bricks
Some suppliers have bricks that have been sourced from demolished buildings and other projects where the bricks have aged naturally. This is good for older buildings and you’ll likely find imperial sized bricks this way. It’s also good for the environment as it means that no new ones need to be created. Find a reputable supplier and ensure that their strength and water absorption is up to scratch.
- Brick tinting
Brick tinting is altering the brick colour by applying specially formulated agents that bond to the masonry surface. It helps preserve the texture and character of the brick and it produces a lasting colour that doesn’t fade. This is a great way to custom match your bricks, but be careful to use a professional service as inconsistent application can spoil the brickwork.
Top Suppliers of Quality Bricks
If you’re looking for successful brick matching, it’s best to talk to the professionals. Call Glasgow Brickyard on 0141 552 7766 and we’ll be happy to help out!