Brick Information

Ordering Bricks

Colours of products may vary between claybrick batches, it is recommended that all required product be ordered and delivered at the same time.

Brick Selections and Samples

Selecting bricks and pavers is both a practical and decorative choice. To help make your decisions, we recommend viewing the products at one of our display centres and taking home samples that are available for you to compare colours, textures and finishes of the products.

Both the South Guildford and Myaree showrooms have a kids play area to keep your little ones entertained while you make your dream home decisions.

Architects, Designers and Builders: If product samples are required for your project, please contact our Commercial team to request them. We also have a CustomBrik service available so if you can’t find exactly what you had in mind, let’s chat today!

Inspection of Product Prior to Installation

Brikmakers encourages customers to carefully inspect and observe all delivered product to ensure all quality expectations are met. Should a problem arise, it must be directed to Brikmakers prior to the product being installed.

Chipping and Breakage

It is normal that some minor chipping and breakage may occur during the delivery and installation of the product. It is recommended that this product is used for cuts. This should not exceed 5% of the completed project.

Blending Bricks

To minimise any noticeable colour variations, it is recommended that clay brick products are blended from multiple packs during laying.

Variations in Brick Size and Colour

Clay bricks are made from natural raw materials and when fired will produce a wide range of colours. Individual bricks can vary in colour from batch to batch and as such, it is important that bricks are blended from different packs.

Size variations may occur due to the manufacturing processes. Coverage may vary according to installation methods. Brikmakers products meet the tolerance levels stipulated in Australia/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 4455.

Brick Face - A standard face brick features a single, purpose made face on one side. Colour variation may exist between the solid and cored version of an identically named product or between batches of the same product.

Score Marks - Score marks (vertical lines or ‘drag marks’) may be visible on the product face. These marks are the result of the manufacturing process and are included as a natural feature of the product.

Brickwork Cleaning

It is important to ensure correct cleaning methods are used to remove any mortar stains. Excessive use of acids for cleaning brickwork may cause staining which is difficult to remove and can permanently spoil the appearance of the brickwork. Brick cleaning should only be done by a trained professional.

Tumbled Bricks

Tumbled Bricks are mill rolled to give them a rough texture, uneven edges and a rustic look that's similar to recycled bricks. This service is available for our Traditional Collection, Lloyd Wright Collection, Revival Collection and Feature Face Bricks. Please contact a Brikmakers sales consultant for more information.

Brick Facings

Brick Facings, also referred to as Brick Tiles, Brick Slips or Brick Veneers are produced by cutting the face from a full brick. These can be attached to various walls types using an adhesive and give the look and texture of a brick wall. Brick Facings are popular for giving an existing facade a complete makeover or for saving room space on internal features walls. This service is available for our Traditional Collection, Lloyd Wright Collection, Revival Collection and Feature Face Bricks. This is a cut-to-order service. Minimum quantities and surcharges apply, please contact a Brikmakers sales consultant for more information.

Dimensions

Brikmakers manufactures its products utilising state of the art production equipment that shapes the product. This process ensures that the product supplied is within the allowable dimensional tolerances specified in Australian Standard AS / NZS 4455. Product dimensions quoted are nominal and subject to variation due to product colour and batch. Numbers per square metre quoted are nominal and subject to variance due to installation.

Pallet Collection

If you have any Brikmakers pallets on site at the completion of your project, please phone 9574 7219 to have any pallets collected. This is a free of charge service.

Utility Bricks

Some utility bricks may be unsuitable for external use. For more information on the suitability of our utility brick products, refer to our technical data sheets.

Certified Strength Bricks

Brikmakers have made a range of certified strength bricks available for specialised building projects. Please contact Brikmakers for the costs and specifications of these products.

Damp Proof Course

Damp proof course can provide maximum resistance from ground salts and moisture and must be installed. It is imperative that the damp proofing be installed above ground level to act effectively.

Bricks for Two-Storey Projects

It is recommended to take delivery of all face bricks required at the start of the project. Face bricks will be block stacked on two-storey project sites and can be moved by Brikmakers upon request. Based on the conditions of the site, this may not always be possible.

Coastal Brickwork

A weather struck sealed joint with approved damp proof coursing will be required to prevent the effects experienced by extreme exposure in coastal areas.

Stains on Brickwork

Bricks stored directly on the ground uncovered can absorb rainwater and ground salts. This will produce efflorescence or other stains that will crystallize on the brick’s surface. Yellow or green stains on light-coloured bricks are caused by a mineral which occurs naturally in clay called vanadium. Should vanadium stains appear on your bricks, there’s no need to worry – they’ll naturally disappear. Read more about this here.

Mortar Finishes and Joints

Mortar Overview

Mortar is a mixture of sands, cement and water and used to build brick or block walls. Mortar contributes to the overall structural integrity of masonry.

It is recommended that the sand used in making mortar with concrete masonry should be clean, sharp sand, such as clean pit sand, masonry sand or plasterer’s sand. The sand can contain up to 10% fines but it should not contain any clay particles. Sand containing excessive clay particles, which make the mortar more workable, also cause high shrinkage in the mortar and can lead to excessive staining that may be difficult to remove. Clay masonry units tend to expand, which compensates for the shrinkage in the mortar. Concrete masonry units’ shrink, so that if they are used with a mortar with high shrinkage, hairline cracking around joints may result.

Coloured Mortar

Using a coloured mortar can have a dramatic effect on the appearance of brickwork. Around 15% of the area of a wall is made up of mortar, so it's not surprising that using different coloured mortars can have such an effect.

It is well worth making a careful choice as to both the colour and style of the mortar joints as they can truly enhance the effect of your carefully chosen bricks. Incorrect mortar choice will have a detrimental effect on the appearance of your brickwork.

When matching existing brickwork for an extension or renovation project, matching the mortar and mortar joint is as important as matching the brick.

Coloured mortars can be obtained using oxides available from builder suppliers.

Mortar Joints

Finishing mortar joints improves the rain resistance and visual appeal of the wall. The surface of the mortar is compacted and pressed into contact with the bricks. The style of mortar joint you choose will influence the overall appearance of your brickwork. The most commonly used mortar joint profiles are:

ROLLED JOINT

A clean rolled (hosed) finish is a compressed joint formed by using a jointing iron or hose. It is finished off with a light brush or sponging to give clean crisp lines.

FLUSH JOINT

A full joint, finished flush with the brickwork. It is typically finished off with a brush or sponge and can be used on any type of brick.

STRUCK JOINT

A weathered struck mortar joint is created by pressing the mortar back into the brickwork to seal the joint. It gives a neat, well-ordered appearance and looks best with well-formed regular bricks.

RAKED JOINT

A recessed mortar joint that is raked out to leave the edge of the brickwork exposed, picking out individual bricks and creating a shadow effect.

PARGET FINISH

Formed with the mason smearing the surplus mortar from the joint with the heel of the trowel across the joint. The joint is finished off with a damp sponge. The amount of finish on the joint depends on personal choice and should be agreed with the mason by viewing a sample panel constructed on site. This joint can also be finished using a straight edge and a sharp edged tool, scribing a lined effect in the damp joint carefully.

Weather Protectors

Rolled, flush and parget joints are the best options as weather protectors, particularly when building on the coast. Raked joints are not suitable for use with this product. Depending on the location of the building, typically M3 (1C:1L:6) and M4 (1C:0.5L:4.5S) mortar classifications are recommended.