From this article, you can learn how to choose a facing brick, and what you should look at first.
Every developer dreams of a safe and beautiful home. Few building materials for walls can boast of both good strength and attractive appearance. Brick is one of these building materials, which has two of the above advantages at once.
The brick is building and facing. Unlike building bricks, facing bricks have a wide variety of colors and a beautiful appearance. All this makes it possible to give the house a unique design, as well as to reliably protect its walls from the harmful effects of bad weather.
Today, you can easily choose different types of facing bricks.
Facing bricks are usually divided into several types:
Let’s consider each of the above types of facing bricks in order.
Ceramic facing brick – used mainly for facing residential buildings. The main material for its manufacture is clay, which is fired during the production of ceramic bricks.
To give a certain color, various dyes can be added to the brick composition. At the moment, ceramic facing bricks are produced in a wide variety of colors and shades. This material is an excellent solution for wall decoration at home. Ceramic brick is resistant to mechanical stress, it does not fade in the sun.
Hyper-pressed facing brick – Produced mainly from fine limestone and shell rock.
By mixing these materials with Portland cement, and adding dyes to the water, the resulting mixture is not fired, but pressed under high pressure on special equipment.
The main advantages of hyper-pressed bricks for cladding include frost resistance and moisture resistance.
Clinker facing brick – made from the same clay. However, unlike ceramic bricks, the production of clinker is somewhat different.
Clinker bricks are made from plastic clay, which is first pressed, and only after that it is fired.
The result of this approach is two indisputable advantages of this building material at once, these are excellent indicators of sound and heat insulation.
To choose a high-quality facing brick, you need to understand what you should first look at when choosing a given building material. Initially, you should find out the dimensions of the facing brick, which is used to decorate the facade of the house.
The standard dimensions for facing bricks are as follows: 250-120-65 mm. A brick of this size is ideal for façade and wall cladding. Narrow facing brick has slightly different sizes: 250-60-65. As a rule, such material is used exclusively for facades.
Important The second thing to look at before choosing a facing brick is the color of the building material. This nuance applies primarily to ceramic and clinker bricks. If these materials appear to have a pale pink hue, then, most likely, the technology was seriously violated during their production.
Also, when choosing a facing brick, be sure to knock on it several times. A dull sound will mean that the brick was not properly fired during the production process. If, when examining a brick, it was found that it has a “glass surface”, then this is also not good. Most likely, the facing brick was burnt, and it is better not to use it for finishing the facade of the house.
In addition, when buying, you need to pay attention to the appearance of the brick in one batch. In this case, all material should be of a uniform color, without strong deviations.
And, of course, there should be no chips, any inclusions or other, serious defects on the facing brick. If at least one of the above shortcomings was found, then it is best to refuse to buy such a brick. published by econet.ru
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