Strong and Durable
An incredibly hard wearing building material, clay brick is able to take the knocks of every day life as well as the weather extremes sometimes experienced. They won’t fade, twist or warp, rot or decay, erode or dent and termites can’t eat them. For hundreds of years, no material shows so few signs of ageing. All Discount Stones bricks have a strong load bearing capacity to North American Standards.
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Brick houses have negligible routine maintenance, maybe a clean every so often, but they do not require any finish to maintain performance like render does. In most constructions they do not need re-sealing, re-painting or the like.
This is an important factor to consider when looking at the “whole-of-life” cost of a building and wall siding. The costs incurred don’t just stop once your home is complete so don’t forget to take a long term view when choosing materials.
Brick buildings, particularly double brick, have excellent thermal mass. Thermal mass, the ability of a material to retain heat energy when subjected to a temperature differential, plays a key role in stabilizing temperature swings, keeping the internal temperature in the comfort zone longer. This means it is cooler in summer and warmer in winter. It also showed the performance of walls with internal thermal mass was markedly improved by the inclusion of cavity insulation.
In conjunction with good design principles, appropriate use of thermal mass throughout your home can make a difference not only to comfort but to your artificial heating and cooling usage as well. This is significant considering that more than 30 percent of the average home’s energy use is made up of heating and cooling.
The density of brick makes for a quieter building compared to lighter weight materials, reducing external sound such as aircraft and road noise. When building in cavity brick, adding insulation helps further by absorbing resonating sound.
Internal partition walls made of brick can reduce noise transfer further when used between rooms of the house. When assessing acoustic performance, it’s important to look at the properties of the finished wall, not just the raw materials, and making sure they are sealed correctly and gaps filled in properly.
Clay brick has a classic, timeless quality, while still being contemporary, innovative and versatile. Today’s generation of bricks mean the variety is now vast, and so are the uses.
Their compact size, colors, textures and shapes provide infinite design options. Made from natural clay and shale, no two clay bricks are identical, giving each building its own distinct personality.
Be creative and experiment with brick orientations and decorative effects such as stacking, vertical stretcher courses, banding, corbelling and racking. Such design features are further emphasized by changes in brick color and size.
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