Below you'll find helpful general information as well as information specific to Brick Installation, Paver Installation and Paver Maintenance.

General Information

Ordering

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

Delivery/Collection

  • Delivery for all our products can be arranged by Brikmakers sales consultants.
  • Loose Loading - Legal restrictions exist for the loading of loose product into vehicles. Please contact a Brikmakers sales consultant for more information.
  • Securing Loads - Brikmakers will only load vehicles where the load can be adequately secured. Under no circumstance will Brikmakers allow product to be loaded unsafely or insecurely.
  • Trailer & Vehicle Weight Restrictions - Please ensure your trailer is marked with load specifications. Unmarked trailers will only be permitted to carry a maximum of 500kg. Brikmakers can provide a loan trailer if required.

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

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.

Variances

Size and colour variations may occur due to manufacturing processes. Coverage may vary according to installation methods. Product meets 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.

Blending

To minimise any noticeable colour variations, it is recommended that clay brick and paving products are blended from multiple packs as they are installed. Please contact a Brikmakers sales consultant for more information.

Physical Characteristics

Brikmakers products are manufactured to exceed the requirements of the Australian and Industry Standards (Australian Standard AS/NZS 4455 – Masonry Units and Segmental Pavers). Brikmakers pavers are manufactured with chamfered top edges which minimise chipping and spalling and facilitates the removal of water from the surface of the pavers. Faces without chamfers may be prone to chipping. Most pavers are made with space nibs on the sides of the unit which automatically provide the minimum joint width when installed. Brikmakers pavers meet or exceed pedestrian slip resistance guidelines in Australia Standard AS/NZS 4586.

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

At the completion of your project, please phone 9574 7219 to have pallets collected.

Brick Installation

Utility Bricks

Some utility bricks may be unsuitable for external use. For more information, please contact a Brikmakers sales consultant.

Architectural Shapes/Custom Colours

Certain products are available in customised shapes and colours. Please contact a Brikmakers sales consultant for further information.

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 (DPC)

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.

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.

Treating Vanadium stains

Have you ever noticed those yellow/green stains on light-coloured bricks? They’re 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. However, if you want to give mother nature a bit of a hurry-up, you can get rid of the stains by applying a diluted solution of house hold bleach.

Paver Installation

Product Presentation / Installation

Every effort is made to provide products consistent with samples. As all our products are made with naturally occurring raw materials and differing manufacturing techniques, variations will occur. Colour, surface appearance/ texture and size variation will occur naturally within and between batches. It is recommended that there is careful inspection of all pavers delivered and appropriate blending and supervision during installation to ensure satisfactory results.

Minimum Ground Preparation Requirement for Pedestrian Light Traffic

Paving must be laid on a compactable sand bed of at least 30mm thick. The sand must be clean, well graded with no soluble salts, containing no roots or rubble. Failure to use clean sand may result in your pavers becoming stained. For heavier vehicles refer to the Concrete Masonry Association of Australia www.cmaa.com.au Crossovers need to be prepared in accordance with your local government requirements. Contact your council for their specific requirements.

Laying

For best results it is important to blend products from various packs as you lay. It is recommended to maintain a 2-3mm joint between pavers for clean jointing sand to be swept between the pavers to provide effective lock up.

Cutting

Prior to cutting please fully wet the product. This will reduce the chance of cutting residue staining the product. It is also important to ensure all residue is washed from any cut product immediately after cutting prior to laying.

Finishing Sand / Jointing Sand

White finishing or jointing sand is needed to fill the gaps between the pavers once laid and will give you a professional finish. Jointing sand must be clean, sharp and well graded with no soluble salt or clay. Brikmakers do not recommend yellow sand for jointing as staining can occur on the surface of the pavers. Brikmakers recommends white finishing sand. Please contact a Brikmakers sales consultant for further information.

Edge Restraints

Edge restraints are recommended for all driveways and garden beds where paving is not abutting another structure. Edge restraints will help to keep your paving secure and gives a professional finish.

Sealing

To protect your finished project and to allow easy cleaning it is recommended that your paving be sealed, in particular paving in coastal areas or harsh environments. The application of a sealer will protect your investment and maintain the pavement’s appearance. Brikmakers recommends and distributes Crommelin products. The Crommelin range includes sealers based on acrylic, epoxy, polyurethane and silicone resins. With the full range of sealer types, you can be sure that the ideal type is available to meet your particular circumstances. Please contact a Brikmakers sales consultant for further information.

Paver Maintenance

Efflorescence – Do not be alarmed

A white deposit known as efflorescence may sometimes appear on any concrete or masonry product. It does not affect structural integrity and will dissipate over time. Efflorescence is not indicative of a flawed product. Efflorescence is a temporary condition where salts migrate via evaporation to the surface of the paver. This is a transitory phenomenon as the pavers acclimatise to their new environment. Efflorescence may be temporarily removed by stiff brushing. Alternatively contact Brikmakers for cleaning instructions.

Staining

Occasionally various types of stains, blemishes or efflorescence may become visible on the paver surface. These are typically caused by tannins, humus and salts from the surrounding soil/environment. To protect your paving it is recommended your pavers are laid on clean salt free bedding sand and that they are sealed.

Tyre Markings

Tyre marks may appear on the pavement surface. This may occur due to the tyre compounds, vehicle weight and action of the power steering. Tyre marks will gradually fade over time or they can be removed with a propriety cleaner.

Garden Mulches

Mulches contain tannins that can leach onto paving. Avoid dumping mulch directly onto paved areas and minimise water run-off from the mulch onto the pavers.

Salt Water Pools

Where paving is to be used around a pool it is recommended that the pavers along the edge are protected with the appropriate sealer.

High Pressure Cleaning

The use of high pressure water cleaning is not recommended unless performed by a professional, as it may damage the paver surface.