October 6th 2020
Brick Matching. It's kind of what we do here at Brickhunter.
So, here's a little intro to what it is, why people want to match bricks and how it works.
Brick matching is pretty self-explanatory. It's used when building an extension or adding to an existing structure to ensure the bricks used in the new construction look the same as those in the original.
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Of course, you may think to yourself, why do they need to match?
And perhaps 50 years ago, you may not have been that bothered about matching bricks.
The luxury wasn't necessarily there, there were far fewer types of brick available in the first place and you may have been less bothered about the aesthetic qualities of the building.
As long as the building was structurally sound, it perhaps didn't matter so much if the new bricks were a slightly different shade of orange or even a completely different colour altogether.
These days though the aesthetic look of a building is much more important. In fact, they're probably the main reason people buy and use brick in the first place.
New buildings aren't as reliant on brick for their structural integrity. It doesn't really matter what brick is on the outside - it will still be weatherproof and fit for purpose.
But people do care about the way a house looks and getting it right may even add value to the house. So, ensuring you have bricks that look virtually identical to what is in the existing structure is a big priority.
It's amazing how much of an effect a different kind of brick can have on the look of a building.
So, you've got an extension planned or are renovating a building or existing wall. You want bricks that look the same as the old ones because, well you care what it looks like.
Brick matching can be a daunting prospect (which is why we're here to help!) as it's not as simple as looking at the SKU number on the back of the brick (because they don't have one!) and looking it up online.
Also, believe it or not, bricks aren't all the same! There are thousands of types of brick out there and many with very subtle discrepancies and differences.
Even the smallest changes in colour or texture can be seen a mile off and be incredibly frustrating to look at.
So, a few things to bear in mind:
The standard size of bricks has changed.
Metric brick measurements came in in 1965 and that is now the standard brick size. If you're building was built after that then you may be alright and most bricks available to buy will be the same size as the bricks in your building.
If, however, it was built before that you might have more difficulty. Prior to 1965, brick sizes were determined using imperial measurements.
Of course, if this is the case, there will still be some of this style of brick available, particularly from reclaimed centres; they will just be harder to find. You can also make up for the change in size by adding extra mortar but this won't always be a satisfactory solution.
Of course, colour is an obvious consideration to make as this is what will show the most difference.
An important thing to bear in mind however, is that colour changes over time. Exposure to the elements and general wear of the brick will change its colour.
For that reason, the bricks you are matching may be the same but may have developed a slightly different colour over time. You could think ahead and choose a newer looking brick on the basis that it will match the original over time or you could get something that is pre-weathered to make it look like it is older.
Successful brick matching isn't just about the colour. The texture plays a big role too.
The texture of a facing brick can have an impact on what the brick looks like from further way. How the sun reflects off the surface and any shadows that are formed by crevices and undulation will make the brick a different shade at different times of the day.
Equally, you could find a brick that is the same colour as the original but has a very subtle change in texture. These subtleties will come back to haunt you as time goes on, so it's important to get it right first time.
A bonus thing to remember - match your mortar!
Believe it or not a change in the colour of the mortar can also make a wall look very different. It comprises a significant proportion of the wall after all!
You're in the right place.
We can help you with a lot of the considerations above and will be happy to inform you on the brick matching process. We can source the right brick for you so your building project doesn't stick out like a sore thumb.
What are you waiting for? Visit our Brick Matching page to begin your matching journey today!