Contractors should ensure that their clients are aware of the vast selection of brick shapes and colours available for their new home or renovation project. It’s easy to match a specific architectural style or create something spectacular if you know what’s out there. The following tips will help narrow down options and guide you to the perfect brick for your or your client’s home.
Brick Tip 1: Know the Home’s Architectural Style
Before you begin, make sure you know the home’s current or planned architectural style. If this project involves an existing structure, then it is imperative to ensure that the material you choose will match. Not doing will prevent the update or addition from blending seamlessly.
Most brickmakers carry a certain style or collections that match different styles. For example, if you want a traditional brick house, then you likely won’t need to look at bricks in unusual colours with sleek finishes. Austral’s Everyday Life or Character lines would be a good place to start.
Brick Tip 2: Choose a Brick That Matches Environmental Conditions
Bricks are very durable, but not all are equal in strength and longevity in certain conditions. Consider the environmental factors that will surround your home. Some regions may be relatively mild, so this isn’t an issue. However, if you live in a place that has high-saline soil or is located along the coast, you may need exposure-grade bricks. If not, then you may be safe to stick with general purpose grade products.
Brick Tip 3: Find Inspiration by Looking at Brick in Action
Find inspiration by looking at bricks in action. Go online and search for brick homes. You can also visit the ABC Brick Sales website to view brochures featuring available product lines. If possible, tour nearby neighbourhoods with similar homes to what you are looking for and take note of the style and colour they chose.
Brick Tip 4: Compare Brick Colour Palettes and Your Décor Style
Consider your personal décor style when reviewing brick colour palettes. The hues available today are amazing. If you prefer the classic look, Warwick Brickworks carries a traditional face range in Red Buff, Dark Tan, Chestnut, and Light Brown. For more excitement, check out Austral’s Galleria or Burlesque lines which include refreshing shades like Enchanting Yellow, Eden, Aqueous, and Bursting Orange.
Brick Tip 5: Don’t Forget to Choose the Best Mortar Colour
Brick colour isn’t the only thing to consider when finding the perfect building material. Mortar is also available in multiple hues and can change the tone of the finished structure. Off-white mortar used with a dark brick will create contrast and make each block more visible. If you want a softer look, consider using mortar that matches your brick colour.
Start your search for the perfect brick at ABC Brick Sales! Visit our showroom to find a huge selection of high-quality building materials. See our lines in person so you can look and feel before you buy. We also offer convenient delivery options. Talk to one of our in-house experts to learn more.