What is brick made of?
Natural clay minerals, including kaolin and shale, make up the main body of brick. Small amounts of manganese, barium, and other additives are blended with the clay to produce different colors.
Will ivy damage a brick wall?
While ivy looks beautiful creeping up a brick wall, it isn’t recommended. According to the Brick Industry Association, ivy can deteriorate the lifespan of a high-quality brick wall by as much as 10%. That percentage increases the older and less superior the construction.
Will bricks fade?
Unlike concrete, bricks do not fade. Over time, environmental conditions can cause the brick to look dirty, but by following the Brick Industry Association recommended cleaning techniques, your brick can be restored to its natural beauty.
How long will brick last?
According to claybrick.org the average lifespan of a building made from clay bricks is 500 years or more.
Is brick fire-resistant?
Since clay bricks are fire-kiln to around 20008 F, they are non-combustible and will not contribute of flammability, ignitability or spread of flame. According to the Brick Industry Association, firefighters report that it takes about an hour and a half for a fire to breach a brick home—as compared to fiber cement in under an hour and vinyl siding in just minutes. This difference makes brick extremely effective in preventing damage and in saving lives.
When should I use thin brick instead of full brick?
While thin brick does not have the same fire rating as does a full-brick wall, it still provides more protection than most other building products and lasts a long time. The most significant difference between the two is that full bricks are typically used to hold up a structure, while thin brick requires a structure to hold it up. You can think of thin brick like a covering, which is lighter in weight and generally more affordable. Typically, if you are building a home from scratch, full brick is used on the exterior and for any interior projects. Thin brick is great for renovations, accent work, or when you want to create a special visual effect.
How do I clean my brick?
It is recommended that you follow the Brick Industry Association recommended cleaning techniques to keep your brick looking its best.