Choosing the colour of brick
Choosing the right brick for your home is an important decision, as it really does determine the look. These days, there are hundreds of types of brick to choose from, all varying in colour, texture, and size. Choosing the right brick for your home is not easy.
What determines the colour?
There are several factors that determine the colour of a brick:
- The colour of the fired clay mixture (fragment colour)
- The colour of the sand or engobe (thin layer of clay) on the surface
- The colour nuances resulting from the firing process
With these elements, the brickmakers can get to work. With their expertise and creativity, they are quickly able to offer a very wide range of colours.
In the style of your home
The colour of a brick needs to match the style of your home, but very often, there isn’t a straightforward rule to follow. A modern home can be given a sleeker look by using a single-colour, uniform brick. But, a more nuanced brick can add a little extra cachet. If you prefer a rural home with an authentic appearance, then aged or tumbled bricks can enhance the character.
A range of colours
The colour selector allows you to quickly and easily find the bricks that you are looking for. You can filter by colour or style. You can see examples of all bricks, the joint effect, and even download 3D textures. The architect can import these 3D textures so that he can work with you to create realistic simulations of your home or project.
The texture of a brick gives your home or project a very unique look and character.
We have three surface textures.
- Stock brick is by far the most well-known and commonly used type of brick, which features extensive texturing. The effect is a facade colour with more depth and cachet.
- Waterstruck: a special moulding technique, whose name references the use of (atomised) water. The brick is relatively smooth, with less texture.
- Aged: these are not recovered bricks, but new bricks with a natural ‘aged’ look. These bricks have the same quality as new bricks. Plus, the ageing process means that these bricks look like genuine recovered bricks.
The size largely determines the look of a brick façade. The larger the size, the larger the proportion of brick in relation to the mortar used in the joints. And vice versa. A large brick costs more per unit, but when the total price is compared with that of a small brick, there is little difference. With larger bricks, you need fewer bricks per square meter. They are quicker to lay, and there is less jointing work afterwards.
- M50: ± 190 x 90 x 50 mm (±83 units per m²)
- WF: ± 210 x 100 x 50 mm (±72 units per m²)
- DF: ± 215 x 100 x 65 mm (±58 units per m²)
- NF: ± 240 x 115 x 71 mm (±48 units per m²)
- Zero: ± 204 x 100 x 50 mm (±90 units per m², joint-free brickwork)
- LF40: ± 240 x 90 x 40 mm
- XL45: ± 290 x 65 x 45 mm
The joint plays an extremely important role in the final result. Depending on the brick size that you opt for, it’s possible that as much as 10 to 20% of a facade will be joints. Deciding on the colour of the joint is something that you should take your time over, as the joint can make or break a facade. Tip: try out some test areas on a facade before completing the whole area. If you opt for the pure effect of brick, the joint is a disruptive factor. More and more construction professionals are opting for joint-free facades. There are three known ways of creating joint-free brickwork:
- Using a thin mortar: a joint width of 4 to 8 mm
- Bonding: a joint width of just 3 to 6 mm
- Traditional brickwork with the Zero® brick: the joint-free facade can be laid traditionally with a trowel and mortar. There is no need for special tools. The joint width is just 3 to 6 mm.