General Information

This page contains general information about brick recycling practices and definitions of terms used in the building industry. This can also show how Cheap as Bricks can help your recycled brick needs.

The name "dry pressed" bricks are also referred to as "dry pressed commons" and is named this to describe how the bricks are made.

The method starts with a very thick clay mix so it forms more accurate and sharper edged bricks, as opposed to extruded bricks (bricks with holes). The thicker clay adds to the cost of the brick due to more materials used and a longer burn time required when firing the bricks in the kiln.

Brickwork is masonry produced by a bricklayer, using bricks and mortar. Normally rows of bricks are referred to as "courses" and are laid on top of one another to erect a structure such as a brick wall. Brickwork can have a load-bearing function or a non load-bearing function.

Load bearing is where there is usually a tremendous amount of weight assigned to the wall and it is not advised to demolish. If uncertain as to whether or not your wall is load-bearing it is best to consult with a engineer.

Where the bricks are visible to the eye, theses are commonly known as "face bricks" or "facing bricks". We stock these bricks and have a large amount of recycled face bricks for matching houses built before the 1950’s.

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