What is a brick?

Brick is man's oldest manufactured building product. The durability of brick can be seen in the ruins of virtually every civilization. Clay brick is an extremely durable building material, which is composed of shale and clay that is fired in kilns causing the clay particles to physically bond together.

Why pick brick?

When you build with Brampton Brick's genuine clay brick, you're making the best choice for your new home or building. Brick is a versatile material, which comes in a full range of colours and textures. The design opportunities are endless, and you can combine colours into patterns for completely new looks.

Do Brampton Brick's genuine clay bricks offer protection from the elements?

They certainly do. As a building material, genuine clay bricks reduce the effect of wind, snow, hail and sleet on everything inside your home. Because of its ability to maintain a consistent thermal transfer rate, brick keeps your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

Are bricks really fire and sound proof?

Yes. The natural density of clay acts as a barrier against outside noises all year round. Since clay bricks are kiln fired, they become a naturally fire-retardant material. Vinyl, aluminum and wood offer very little fire resistance compared to brick. That's one less thing to worry about.

What makes genuine clay brick a unique building material?

Brick and mortar are unique because they not only become part of the exterior of your home, they become part of the structure, actually making your home stronger and more durable.

Is brick really maintenance-free?

With proper design and detailing, genuine clay brick is virtually maintenance-free. You never have to refinish, re-glaze, replace or repaint your new brick structure.

Why is choosing a brick finish so important for your new home?

Your brick exterior will be the first thing you see when you move in, the last thing you see when you leave. And if you ever decide that it's time for you to sell your home, it will be the most important feature your real estate agent will notice. Unlike vinyl or aluminum siding, a brick exterior instantly adds to its resale value. It's one of the first things homebuyers look for in a home.

Is there a difference between Brampton Brick's clay brick and concrete brick?

Yes. Genuine clay bricks are much denser, stronger, more enduring and have a better appearance and a better colour.

What kinds of safety measures can brick offer your new home?

Because of its great strength, brick lends itself to keeping you and your valuables safe and secure. It won't corrode, rust, dent, warp, peel or rot. Brick withstands high winds, hail, rain or snow and cannot be eaten by an animal or insect. Also, your brick home won't buckle, melt or produce toxic gases when exposed to high heat.

When it comes to savings, does brick as a building material stack up?

Yes. SAVE on home maintenance! Just think of the savings in labour costs and time, as brick will NEVER rot, fade, peel or dent. Also, brick doesn't require painting or refinishing. Brick is also a proven insulator, which means SAVINGS on fuel bills. Slow to lose or absorb heat, brick reduces the load on your heating and cooling system.

What does clay brick mean to you?

When you use Brampton Brick's genuine clay bricks you are not only building a beautiful home but also increasing the resale value on a virtually maintenance-free home. Clay brick homes last for decades and look better as they age.

Will my new bricks fade?

Genuine clay bricks by Brampton Brick never fade. You'll be astounded by the colour retention of your bricks, which improves over the years. Other materials such as concrete brick fade over the years. You'll never have that problem when you build with Brampton Brick.

Do genuine clay bricks outlast stucco, vinyl, aluminum, concrete and wood siding?

Definitely. Concrete may eventually require colour correction due to fading; aluminum or vinyl replacement may be needed due to scratches, dents and warpage; stucco may peel; and wood requires painting. With proper design detailing and good masonry practice, little or no maintenance is required on your bricks.

Do genuine clay bricks stand the test of time?

They certainly do! In fact, in 1666 a fire ravaged London, England. Thereafter, King Charles II ordered all future rebuilding to be of brick. If bricks are fit for royalty, they're certainly fit for you!

Will my bricks ever go out style?

Never. Your choice of colour and shape may eventually change, but brick never goes out of style. Brick has been the choice of home buyers for hundreds of years. Simply take a look around any neighborhood to see why building with Brampton Brick will ensure that your home is built with a classic beauty and an uncompromised strength.

What is Water in Wall?

The main wall system in use today is the veneer rainscreen wall. This wall is designed to allow water transmission in both liquid and vapor form in and out of the wall, and if properly designed and detailed, will keep the overall moisture content of the wall low. However, things do happen, and walls may build up moisture from time to time for various reasons. If this condition is left unchecked over a period of years, the moisture can lead to wall staining and freeze thaw failure.

What is Efflorescence?

Efflorescence is one of the most common problems encountered within the brick veneer construction. Efflorescence occurs when soluble salts are present in the wall and moisture carries the salts to the wall surface. The salt usually shows up on the brick, since the brick dries 7 to 10 times faster than the mortar. The situation may occur immediately following construction due to either uncovered walls during construction or salt migration from the mortar paste to the brick. This is commonly known as "new building bloom" and should naturally disappear in a few months of natural weathering, depending on the type of salt which is present. If the efflorescence is persistent over the course of many years, this may be an indication that water is continually entering the wall structure causing the salt to migrate to the surface. This is either a design or workmanship problem and should be investigated immediately as it may manifest itself into more serious envelop problems such as building leakage and wall deterioration if left unchecked.

What causes damage to chimney bricks and piers?

One of the most common questions on damages to brick is on the chimney and piers. Bricks at the top of fireplace chimneys or piers have flaked off in some places due to water getting into bricks and then freezing. There are a number of ways this can happen.

What causes damage to brick used for window sills?

Periodic maintenance must be done on the window sills. This may entail recaulking between the wood sill and the brick. If this area is not caulked, water will seep through allowing brick to take in more moisture, thus causing spalling.