What to Look For When Buying Bricks
Our Beta clay bricks are a durable and versatile building material for walls, patios, and other structures. Given the long-lasting nature of bricks, buyers should be sure to get the most out of this investment by choosing the right bricks for the job. One of the most important things to consider when buying bricks is to match the brick to where it will be used. Another important tip involves picking the right type of brick for structural, decorative, or ground work. Finally, buyers should consider the appearance of the brick, including its profile, colour, and numerous other aesthetic properties.
The biggest mistake one can make when buying bricks is choosing the wrong type of brick for the job. Indoor bricks used in an outdoor patio are destined to fail, resulting in wasted time and money. Interior-grade bricks should only be used indoors, and builders should stick with specially crafted fire bricks when constructing a fireplace or fire pit. Another mistake buyers make is purchasing bricks that are not SAZ (Standards Association of Zimbabwe) certified, and SAZ certification means that the product has been certified in terms of safety an reliability and gives a guarantee that the product is being manufactured under an effective system of testing, control and monitoring and provides protection against inferior or sub-standard products.
To ensure the brick will fit the project, people buying bricks should look for units meant for specific types of applications. For example, bricks with holes cut through the centre are known as structural bricks, and are used for constructing interior or exterior walls. These holes reduce the weight of the brick in applications where the top of the brick will be hidden from view. Our Beta ‘load-bearing’ bricks are highly recommended as foundation bricks or for other load bearing construction. Beta bricks’ strength in terms of moisture resistance and compression is un-paralleled and this is important as this is a key the pillar of construction. Beta ‘pavers’ are designed for patios, walkways, and other hardscapes.
When buying bricks, homeowners have a wide variety of options in terms of colours, textures, and finishes at Beta, we have a wise array that suit any and all needs. When attempting to match existing brick, it’s best to take a sample along for comparison. Given the different types of brick sizing, it is very easy to purchase a standard brick size, then realize that the existing bricks don’t match. Even slight variations in colour can be hard to spot without a sample on hand.
Brick and mortar colour, size, texture, and type of bond, will all impact on the aesthetics of the brickwork.
This will also dictate what ‘type’ of brick you choose. Beta bricks are made of clay: clay is an efficient, cost-effective and sustainable option for modern construction, its natural properties provide complete, long-term sustainability, not only offering increasingly sophisticated low-carbon product manufacture, but giving a building life of up to 150 years with little or no maintenance.
Before committing to a purchase:
try to see a finished property in the brick you are buying
ask your bricklayer or builder to build a small sample wall (commonly a 60-brick panel, which tends to be 1m2 in size) so you can see the bricks laid, the bricklayer’s standard of work, and it will give the bricklayers a reference of what they are working towards.
Beta Logistics delivers your bricks in state-of-the art gps-enabled trucks-packed in pallets to ensure your bricks are secure, arrive undamaged and on time. Customers must make sure that the batches are stored on a hard standing to avoid bricks collapsing.
Note that it is not uncommon for the colours to vary slightly between each batch, so it’s wise to have your bricklayer mix the bricks within each batch to avoid any colour banding within the brickwork.
The appearance of brickwork will be primarily down to the pattern in which the bricks are laid, also known as ‘bonds’. The style of home you are building will depend on the type of bond you select.
Finally, when hiring bricklayers ask:
what their experience is
whether this is on smaller domestic projects or large-scale developments
the kinds of bricks they’re most familiar with
which bonds they have the most experience in laying
Bricklayers most often work in gangs of three (two bricklayers and one labourer), and their work will involve everything from bricklaying to blockwork, installing insulation, wall ties, damp-proof courses, and building in joinery. This is why it’s very important to hire the right people for the job