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A Closer Look at the Different Types of Bricks used in Brick Masonry Projects

The brick masonry concept works on the principle of stacking up of different bricks using mortar for greater resistance. Today, we will focus on the different types of bricks that can be used for this purpose. Let’s have a look: 

Acid resistant bricks

This is the type ideally suited for masonry work in chemical plants. The bricks that show resistance to acids are made from white sand, flint, refractory clay, and feldspar. 

Silica bricks

Silica composition is higher in these bricks, ranging in between 95-97 percent. The composition also feature minimal amount of lime (1-2 percent) for greater binding strength. These bricks are ideal for constructing chimneys since they can withstand temperature as high as 2000 degree Celsius. 

Engineering bricks

These bricks have less porosity and somewhat different from the regular clay bricks you can see around. The water absorption quality is also less in engineering bricks. Being extremely hard, they are ideal for paving purpose in different driveway and walkway construction projects. 

Sand lime bricks 

These bricks are extremely strong, and possess sharp edges. They are produced using a certain chemical reaction and comes with a fine texture and color uniformity. They look similar to clay bricks but considered to be stronger. For backyard bricks masonry in Los Angeles, sand lime bricks is a popular choice.

Refractory bricks

These bricks are practically used for constructing of different furnaces, stoves, and lime flakes. They are manufactured in highly secured brick kilns. They have the ability to withstand extremely high temperature, somewhere around 1700 ° C.

Hollow brick  

They are also referred to as cellular/cavity bricks. With a wall thickness around 25 nm, they are lighter compared to other alternatives. They reduce the transmission of sound, heat, and dampness. They are manufactured from homogenous clay. The hollow bricks are perfect choice for brick masonry project works in Los Angeles. 

Blue bricks

These are made from a mixture of soil and iron oxide and promises heavy density and hardness. Construction of bridges is the best option to observe the use of these bricks. 

Perforated bricks

These bricks are popular for home masonry works. You can see them used in construction of multi storied frames and panels. 

Colored bricks  

You will notice cylindrical holes in these bricks. They are primarily used for decoration purpose. Being light in weight, they require minimal soil for the construction process. 

Fire bricks 

Again another brick variant that can withstand high temperature, fire bricks are an ideal choice for manufacturing furnaces, chimneys, and stoves. 

Fly ash bricks

 Fly ash is made from aluminum oxide, ferrous oxide, and silica. It is acidic. To create fly ash bricks, the correct proportion of sand, lime, magnesium chloride, and fly ash is chemically accelerated. Fly ash bricks are known for their high compression strength.

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