Brick

Brick is a time tested hardscape option that many owners love. It has many uses and can be used for walls, façade, walkways, driveways and more:

How Do They Come?

Brick comes in different sizes and types. The usual size of brick is about 4” x 8”. But many can be found smaller or larger. All brick is mainly made from clay and shale (shale is a kind of rock). However you can also find bricks that have additional minerals and are manufactured differently which create different looks.
There are bricks with: harder and softer structures, smooth and textured surfaces, straight and ridged etc. All of these will come at a different cost.

To see some examples of different brick options check out these links to some manufacturers:
Pacific Clay: http://www.pacificclay.com/index.php?option=com_djcatalog&view=show&cid=33&Itemid=55&layout=blog 
H.C. Muddox: http://www.hcmuddox.com/residential_brick/standard/california_handmold.html 

Are There Any Advantages To Using Brick?

The biggest reason that customers opt to have brick installed is that they simple love the look. However there are a few advantages to brick that someone can also consider.

  • Brick offers lasting value. It doesn't rot, dent, or need to be painted and it won't be eaten by termites and will never dent or tear.

  • Its modular shape has resulted inbeautiful structures in just about every architecturalstyle, ranging from colonial to Victorian to post-modernist.

  • It is one of the few materialsthat can actually look better with age.

  • Brick has natural energy efficiency. It does have better thermal qualities than some other materials. That basically means that in the summer it keeps things cooler and in the winter helps retain heat better.

  • According to a nationally - renowned, independent building products research laboratory, brick veneer wall assemblies control moisture better than wall systems clad with other exterior materials. Therefore, brick veneer wall systems help minimize mold growth, wood rot and infestation by insects, and corrosion of fasteners embedded in wood better than other wallassemblies.

  • Brick absorbs noise - giving it anacousticadvantage over other materials (especially helpful in denselypopulated areas.)