One of the first things DIYers notice when searching for brick is the enormous selection that’s available. Brick comes in many sizes with textured or smooth finishes. Some products offer a unique shape while others come in unusual colours. There are five main things you should consider before choosing a brick for your project.
Step 1: Learn Your Home’s Style
Always make decisions with your home’s architectural style in mind. Is your home more modern with distinctive angles and clean lines? Choose a brick with a smooth finish in a bold colour to match. Does your home favour traditional or rustic elements? Look for classic bricks in natural hues. Make sure that the new construction will match what’s already there.
Step 2: Know Your Environment
If you want to get the most out of the money you invest in your brick project, you need to know about environmental conditions. Some bricks survive better in different climates. For example, if you own a cottage on the coast, then you are going to be working on high-saline soil that may require exposure-grade bricks (or EXP). These can handle the extra salt in the environment. Otherwise, General Purpose-grade bricks (GP), may do the job.
Step 3: Compare Brick Colour & Texture
Bricks have three visual characteristics that will stand out as soon as you see them: shape, colour and texture. Some have a ceramic-like finish that’s smooth and consistent. Others appear torn or weathered with a more traditional appearance. Don’t be afraid to visit your brick supplier and see each product in person. This is a great opportunity to study them side-by-side and experiment with different layouts and colour combinations.
Step 4: Choose Your Mortar
Mortar is what holds your brick project together. It binds each block in place and adds to the overall appearance of the structure. There are different colours and finishes available. The most common hues are natural (grey), white (or off-white) and cream/buff.
Also, remember to choose your mortar joint finish before you begin. You can work with a round, flush or ironed joint that may produce more or less contrast. For example, a flush joint will reduce shadow while a raked joint will increase it.
Step 5: Find the Best Brick Supplier
Once you know what type of brick you need for your location, what style you want, and to put it all together, it’s time to find your supplies! ABC Bricks offers a large selection of high-quality construction products that will let you get as creative or innovative as you like. Check out our website or tour one of our four showrooms to learn more about how to pick your brick!