Brick is an excellent building material. Whether you're building a
shed, an add-on bedroom or garage, or an entire home, a brick exterior
will improve the strength, longevity, and aesthetic appeal of your new
building. That being said, choosing the right exterior brick can be tricky.
There are a lot of factors to take into consideration, especially if the
exterior brick is visible to neighbors and passerby. Here are some factors
to consider when shopping for exterior brick from your
San Jose building materials supplier.
There are three
types of bricks
that are graded for exterior use. Top-grade SW brick is made to withstand
below-freezing temperatures in a moist climate. MW, or second exterior
grade brick, is made for drier and milder climates. NW brick is primarily
for indoor use, although it can be used outdoors as "backup"
brick or as facing brick in warmer and drier regions. Your building materials
supplier can help you select the right grade based on your needs.
Although common brick is typically red in color, brick colors can vary
from almost black to almost white, through a range of brows, reds, and
yellows. The color of the brick depends on the type of clay used, how
the clay was fired, and other factors. Visit your local hardware store
to see different brick samples in person.
For façade or facing bricks, the brick face is a critical factor
in the decision process. While most standard exterior bricks have smooth
surfaces, there are many variations to choose from. Some bricks are finished
with "struck" faces, inscribed with irregular lines. Others
are "sand struck," molded against sand to produce a rough texture.
There are also glazed bricks, which feature a glossy, ceramic layer on
one side. Again, your San Jose building materials supplier can recommend
the right brick face depending on your needs, preferences, and budget.