man laying bricksThe rounded African huts are famous for their bricks, and Africa is not the only region in the world that uses them. Constructing with these bricks has become very popular today due to their aesthetic appeal. The bricks are typically laid flat and bonded with a material to form the structure and make it stable.

However, as with other building and construction supplies, not all bricks are the same. Below are the three most commonly used bricks in masonry and their advantages and applications:

Burnt Clay Bricks

These bricks are formed when clay is pressed into molds, dried and fired in a kiln. Since the burning is often uncontrolled, the bricks can turn out uneven in colour. They are used for general construction, especially in buildings that need a layered finish, such as plastering, since they are not attractive.

Sand-lime Bricks

To make these bricks, the pros mix fly ash, lime, and sand. They then take the mixture through a chemical process and then mold the mix under pressure. The bricks that result are gray in colour, uniform in shape and smooth. They do not need plastering or rendering.

Concrete Bricks

These bricks are made using solid concrete. Consequently, they are stable and are suitable for fences and facades. They also present an aesthetic presence as they are manufactured in different colours.

Besides the aesthetic appeal, bricks bring to the table a unique strength and porosity that other materials do not have. They regulate the temperature within structures and protect the buildings against fire. When faced with different construction options, consider going with the brick to enjoy the listed benefits, all at a lower price regarding construction and maintenance.