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Learn more about Clay Stock Bricks
Erecting any building is a costly affair, whether it be a house or a commercial property.
For that reason alone you would want to choose quality materials to ensure your building is still standing decade’s later. Choosing the right type of bricks is of paramount importance, making sure they are of the best quality and up to the required standards.
If you are thinking of using clay bricks, you should know that they are an excellent option as they provide great value for your money.
Clay bricks comes in a variety of types and come highly recommended having been used for hundreds of years for constructing new buildings or for extensions to existing structures. Clay stock bricks are known for their strength and reliability. They are generally selected where durability is required more than aesthetics.
Clay stock bricks are also known as non-face bricks, plaster bricks or common bricks. They come in two categories:
- Non-facing plastered (NFP) – which is used for general work and must be plastered
- Non-facing extra (NFX) – is used in general building work as well as in damp conditions or in building underground.
Clay stock bricks will provide you with the following benefits:
- Cost effective – as they have a very long life span and require little maintenance besides being plastered and painted. They can be left unplastered and unpainted as well.
- Good noise insulators – clay stock bricks have the right density to provide an excellent form of insulation against noise whether the walls are built in a single layer or with a double layer. Keeping noises from outside out, leaving you with a peaceful living or working space.
- Excellent thermal mass properties – thermal mass is the ability of a material to absorb and store heat energy during the day and releasing it when temperatures drop at night. Clay bricks possess this property resulting in cooler indoor temperatures during the day in summer and warmer during night in winter – which is perfect for our South African climate!
- Fire resistant- because clay bricks are manufactured by firing them at very high temperatures they are incombustible. In other words, if they are exposed to flames they won’t burn and they also help in preventing the fire spreading. Because they are made to last a long time they are also highly resistant to collapsing.
- Weather resistant – they are made to last through all type of climates. During summer they absorb the heat and during the rainy seasons they are not affected by the rain as they are water proof.
- Environmentally friendly – bricks are made from the earth using clay of course, with no chemicals and other harmful ingredients added. They carry a low carbon footprint and are fully recyclable. They can be recycled by crushing them and then using it as building filler or made into bricks again.
- Water-resistant – if correctly laid the stock clay bricks will not have any holes or crevices saving you from problems with dampness and ensuring your building is safe from vermin infiltrations.
- Structural compatibility – clay bricks have the quality of compressive strength which allows you to use them to build single or multiple story buildings
Here are some of the things that you will need to find out when purchasing clay stock bricks as each brand of clay stock bricks varies:
- Their compressive strength (varies from 7MPa to 50MPa)
- How good is their water absorption?
- Their strength in bending
- Moisture expansion – important when detailing longer structures