What type of bricks are available from ET Clay Products

If there’s one thing we really know about at ET Clay Products, it’s bricks! We stock literally thousands of bricks in every conceivable size, shape, colour and texture. Choosing the right brick for your building project can be pretty daunting when you are faced with such a massive assortment of bricks, but then that’s why we have friendly and experienced staff always on hand to help that process go smoothly.

Although there are literally thousands of different bricks available on the market, they can be broken down into a few basic types. The vast majority of bricks are made from clay and are fired in a kiln. ET Clay Products also offer a superb brick matching service so you are able to maintain a consistent finish to any add on building brickwork.

Facing Bricks

Facing bricks are a high quality and durable brick with a great look for external building use above ground.

Wirecut facing bricks

The wirecut facing brick is manufactured using clay that is continuously extruded to the required size and shape and then cut into individual bricks using a wire. There are thousands of variations of wirecut facing bricks in colour and texture. Wirecut facing bricks are often the cheapest bricks available because the manufacturing process they go through is highly automated.

Stock facing bricks

Stock facing bricks have the clay moistened to what is referred to as a soft mud and then the brick is moulded to the requisite shape. This stock brick is then allowed to dry before it is fired in a kiln. Like the Wirecut facing brick, a lot of the manufacturing process for stock bricks is automated. Stock facing bricks are usually slightly irregular in shape. These bricks can be a little more expensive than wirecut facing bricks.

Handmade facing bricks

Handmade facing bricks demand a much higher price tag than the other facing bricks, but then they are handmade and are well worth the extra cash as the finish they produce is superb and distinctive. Handmade facing bricks are often made on a bench in a workshop. The bricks clay is placed or thrown into a mould. Because the clay doesn’t get compacted by a machine, each handmade brick normally is likely to exibit a certain amount of creasing, this isn’t a fault, it is intended and is commonly known as a smile. So if you need a premium brick for your building project, that displays tons of character, a handmade facing brick is the brick to choose.

Fletton facing bricks

Fletton facing bricks are probably known by the far more common name of London Brick. Fletton, or London facing bricks are made from Lower Oxford clay that is only found in the South East part of England. What makes these bricks so distinctive is that the clay they are made from contains traces of coal. These coal traces burn during the brick firing process, which reduces the amount of fuel required for the kiln, which keeps the manufacturing cost down and also produces some very interesting effects in the bricks finished look.

Common bricks

Common bricks are a rather cheap brick that is designed to be useful or practical, rather than attractive. Like anything in life, some people find these bricks to have a character all their own but they are generally suited for smaller projects as a greater area covered in common bricks could look rather monotonous.

Concrete or Calcium Silicate bricks

Concrete or Calcium Silicate bricks tend to be used more in areas where good brick making clay is in short supply. These bricks are certainly not something you would want as a facing brick, as they can look rather unnattractive. However, they are cheap to produce and buy and if they are to be finished with render, pebbledash or textured masonry paint, who’s to know?

Engineering bricks

Engineering bricks may not be the prettiest brick in the world, but they have certainly earnt their stripes when it comes to their strength and reputation for being a hard wearing and frost resistant brick. Because engineering bricks have such a good track record for resiting frost and water, they make a great choice of brick for groundwork projects and any brickwork that will be in continuous contact with the ground such as a retaining wall. Although not the most expensive brick, engineering bricks still command a reasonable price because of their longevity, toughness and vast range of application.

Special shaped bricks

Essentially, special shaped bricks fall into the category of any brick that isnt a standard rectangle. Special shaped bricks come as standard special shaped bricks, such as bullnoses, cants and radials, and an even more special, or exclusive type of brick such as cills and quoins. These special shaped bricks gives the builder an extensive and varied scope of design possibilities and make the brickwork finish extremely pleasing to look at.

Reclaimed, recycled or salvaged bricks

Reclaimed, salvaged or recycled bricks are essentially bricks that have been taken from demolished building and cleaned up to remove all, or most traces of old mortar. It is vital that you do your homework and use a specialist brick merchant when considering this type of brick as there can be some very poor quality examples out there.

Reclaimed, salvaged or recycled bricks undeniably have a great deal of character and may even have an interesting history that could be a talking point for years to come. Maybe the reclaimed bricks came from an old school house you attended as a child, or from the police station your dad served at, how cool to have your garden wall, extension or raised garden pond made from the same bricks!

Sadly there can be a high level of wastage with reclaimed bricks as many will be the old Imperial sizes, which are not compatible with the modern metric bricks. Should you think that a reclaimed brick is cheap, you would be in for a nasty shock. Many people see a reclaimed brick as a second hand brick and therefore it must be cheaper than new. What needs to be remembered is that the amount of labour that is put into cleaning and sorting these bricks out is considerable. So cheap they are most definately not!

Other walling products available from ET Clay Products

ET Clay Products don’t just sell bricks! We can supply you with reconstituted stone or products from our stone in stock range. The purpose of these products is to enhance the finished look of your building project. So no matter what sort of stone walling finish you require, just ask one of our expert sales team who will be glad to help.

Brick Articles

At ET Clay Products we have years of experience relating to all aspects of brick supply and usage. We have created a list of articles which we hope will be of use to our clients and the general public.

Antique or contemporary bricks for any build

When you are looking for the perfect brick for your building project, you will want to consider several factors. Firstly, you will need to ensure that you have the freedom to choose the brick colour and maybe even style fits in with the aesthetic of your area. Some areas only permit building with a certain colour of brick. Secondly, the texture is a consideration.

Brick built barbecues last a lifetime

As the weather warms up and the evenings get longer, many peoples minds turn toward that great summertime tradition, where the man of the house dons his apron and reverts back to his inner caveman to cook meat outdoors.

Brick built property extensions

Most people would like some extra room at home, whether it be for an extra bedroom, a bigger lounge or kitchen or even a hobby room. However, fewer people can afford to move house these days so they look for ways to improve their existing property.

Brick matching for all building projects

A frequent problem when making additions to any brick building is matching the bricks that were used to construct the original building. Whether the addition is an extension or a garage, the challenge will always be to source bricks that match the original ones.

Brick Matching Service from ET Bricks

How many times have you thought about adding to an existing brickwork construction, but have held back because you couldn't find the exact same bricks to match? Here at ET Bricks we are frequently getting enquiries from people who want to add on to an existing wall, or replace bricks that have been damaged by drilling.

Brick slips for that classic look

How many times have you watched a movie where the home set is in a converted factory or warehouse? Vast open plan spaces to live in with the charm of bare brick walls.

Brick sustainability

Bricks have been used for building countless structures over many thousands of years because of they last for so long and are very durable. This and a number of other factors make them a sought after building material and contribute to their inherent sustainability.

Bricks and their different applications

There are many thousands of different types of bricks, they cover an ever increasing range of coulours and finishes but they can be broken down into a handful of basic types. The majority of these bricks are made from clay and are fired in a kiln.

Bricks around the world

Bricks of one kind or another have been manufactured from many different materials throughout the ages. Whether they be for the construction of a simple dwelling hut to a grand cathedral, bricks have been the staple building material for many centuries. The manufacturing process may change from location to location, but the overall use of bricks has remained pretty constant.

Bricks in so many different colours

Depending on where you live, you may be restricted to a particular colour of brick for your property. The Olde Welwyn brick is a good example. A mellow red that is mixed with 25% grey tones to provide a mature weathered look, textured to give a traditional handcrafted appearance. These bicks form the bulk of properties in the Welwyn village and its larger neighbouring town of Welwyn Garden City, with very few exceptions.

Bricks inside as well as out

We all know that bricks are used extensively around the world to make dwelling houses and office buildings. We are also well aware that there are many different styles and colours of brick for such building projects. What many seem to be unaware of is just how good bricks can be when used as an interior building material.

Bricks: More than just a building block!

Rarely do we walk down the street and pay any particular attention to bricks. Bricks are everywhere and we generally take them for granted, why? Probably the reason we ignore bricks is because we are so used to looking at them on our own house when in the garden, or the view through the front or rear windows of our property may look directly at a very similar, if not the same type of build. Many people would think that a brick is just a brick, maybe different colours exist, but that's about as far as the changes go. In fact, the humble brick has more diversity and heritage than most would give it credit for.

Bricks: The best house building material

When it comes to choosing the right sort of building material for your house renovation or building project, what is the best material to go for? Brick and wood are practical choices as building materials for homes. They also come in a massive variety of colours, finishes, treatments and styles. Brick and wood are natural to look at and very durable and they insulate well too. You can build a house from all bricks, one from wood panelling or a mixture of both. What factors should affect your decision though when deciding what building material to use?

Dampening bricks before laying versus using dry bricks

Should you speak to any bricklayer worth their salt, they will tell you about the benefits of dampening any absorbent bricks before laying them!

Decorative bricks in and around the home

When most of us think of a brick, we tend to think of a red lump of fired earth that is used to build houses. Not very inspiring, but practical nonetheless!

Different uses for house bricks

Should someone ask you to think of the most obvious use for a brick, your mind would most probably start to focus on house building and the construction industry in general. Bricks are without a doubt used for building more than any other use, but just what else could the humble brick be used for?

Efflorescence on bricks: The causes, prevention and cure

We have probably all seen it! That nasty white powdery coating that spoils the look of brick buildings. A recent development of luxury home in Hertfordshire looked amazing when they were finished, but within a short space of time, the majority of these attractive red brick dwellings were white with efflorescence. So what is the cause of this phenomenon and what can be done to prevent or cure it?

ET Bricks and other brick manufacturers

ET Bricks can source virtually any brick you want. We have been leading the way as a brick merchant for many years and not only manufacture superior quality bricks, we supply them from other renowned brick manufacturers too, so our customers can be certain of getting the bricks they want.

ET Clay Products and Wienerberger: The perfect partnership

ET Bricks can source virtually any brick you want. We have been leading the way as a brick merchant for many years and not only manufacture superior quality bricks, we supply them from other renowned brick manufacturers too, so our customers can be certain of getting the bricks they want.

Facade and Cladding Information

A facade is the front or face of anything,  but the term is mainly reserved to refer to a building. Facade is a pretty common word that is used for anything that changes the face of anything. The exterior face of a building which is the architectural front, is sometimes distinguished from the other faces by more elaborate architectural or ornamental details.

Glazed bricks for that extra splash of colour

Glazed bricks have been used to great effect in many building projects over the years. They can really stamp the property with its own unique look and feel when incorporated into a period restoration project.

News of a UK house brick shortage: ET Bricks have the answer

It has been claimed recently in the media that Britain is currently facing a shortage of house bricks! The sudden flurry of house building activity following the recession has been blamed for the severe lack of house bricks available.

Quality Indian Sandstone

When people think about having a new patio, they are faced with a bewildering array of paving slabs to choose from. Many of the slabs for sale at the local DIY centre look great, but are they really up to the job?

Reclaimed house bricks

If you are you building a new property or possibly even refurbishing an old property, you may have considered using reclaimed bricks.

Reconstructed, Reconstituted, Artificial and Synthetic Stone

It's no just bricks that ET Clay Products are famous for, we have a vast range of cast stone and it really is taking off in a way we knew it always would! Cast Stone is often referred to by different names such as reconstructed stone, reconstituted stone, artificial stone, synthetic stone, manufactured stone and art or artistic stone. The two most popular names the buying public use for this product seems to be reconstructed stone and reconstituted stone, but the industry term for it remains 'cast stone'.

Special shape bricks for all your building projects from ET Bricks

When somebody thinks of a brick wall, they tend to imagine a flat vertical surface constructed of bricks, but depending on the design or terrain, it can be so much more!

Special shaped bricks

There’s far more to bricks than just the standard shapes! Imagine how monotonous architecture would be if all buildings were constructed from standard bricks.

The history of bricks and brickmaking

Bricks are without doubt, one of the oldest known building materials. They date back to 7000 BC where they were first found in southern Turkey and around the city of Jericho. The first bricks were sun dried and made from mud. Fired bricks were found to be more resistant to the harsher weather conditions, which made them a far more reliable brick to be used in the construction of permanent buildings, where mud bricks would not have been sufficient. Fired bricks were also very useful for absorbing any heat generated throughout the day, and releasing it at night.

What type of bricks are available from ET Clay Products

If there's one thing we really know about at ET Clay Products, it's bricks! We stock literally thousands of bricks in every conceivable size, shape, colour and texture. Choosing the right brick for your building project can be pretty daunting when you are faced with such a massive assortment of bricks, but then that's why we have friendly and experienced staff always on hand to help that process go smoothly.

Wienerberger Dartmoor Heather Brick

The Wienerberger Dartmoor Heather Brick is a glorious red brick that has been a perennial favourite with our customers for quite some time. The enduring qualities of this versatile brick are the reason why customers continuously ask for this particular brick over many others.

Wienerberger Peak Bordeaux Brick

The Wienerberger Peak Bordeaux brick is a glorious red multi brick that is ideal for so many building projects that require a naturally rustic looking red brick.

Why build with bricks

A home that has been constructed out of bricks displays more than just a style. The bricks allow you to offer a personal reflection of the people who live in the property. With bricks the designs are endless, there are so many wonderful finishes that can be achieved. You can transform your home into a beautiful, living experience with countless ways to have bricks make a real statement about the sort of person you are. It really depends on the sort of look and feel you want to achieve, a classic or modern design, one that is quietly understated with traditional lines or boldly announced in a look that could well be years into the future. The simple fact is that bricks, unlike any other building material can make for an unmistakably individual home.

Why use weathered bricks?

At ET Clay Products, we frequently receive enquiries from customers regarding weathered bricks. There are many reasons why a client will need bricks that have a weathered appearance. Probably the most obvious reason for wanting weathered bricks will be for an extension to an existing brick built building.