What Brick Should I Use For My Extension?

November 10th 2020

What Brick Should I Use For My Extension?

There's a lot of bricks out there.

All manner of shapes, sizes and colours.

This can make it hard to pick one that's right for your building project.

If you're planning an extension, you'll have an idea of what you want it to look like but you might not know what the actual bricks are called.

At the end of the day, the look is totally up to you - but that's sometimes part of the problem.

After all, where do you start?

Well, we're here to help.

If you're ready to end your search for the right brick, we have just the service for you. Head over to our Brick Selection page and we can help you find what you're looking for in no time at all.

In the meantime, here's some things to consider when looking for bricks. Further down, we've also suggested some actual names of bricks you might want to consider, depending on where you live.

Building On Firm Foundations

The bricks you use aren't all going to be picked based on their looks.

When you're starting an extension, you need to think about the foundations. For this, different bricks are often needed.

The popular choice for the first few layers of brick is the humble engineering brick.

These are harder, denser bricks that also have a higher compression strength and lower water absorption, making them ideal for the part of the wall closest to the ground.

These bricks are strictly functional - don't expect any fancy colours or designs. However, it does mean they are relatively inexpensive due to their functional use case.

Engineering bricks are widely available in red and blue, so when it comes to choosing which colour to go for, you're best going for the closest colour to the rest of your build.

You'll most likely want to get some of these at the start of your project.

How Many Bricks Are You Going To Need?

What bricks you pick may depend on how many you're going to be using and how big the extension is going to be.

If, for example, you're building a conservatory, you'll have a bit more to play with due to most of it being glass.

This may mean you can spend a bit more money on your bricks. On the other hand, if you're planning a sizable multi-story extension you may want to err on the side of caution or perhaps mix it up.

A great way of bringing some style to a wall on a budget is adding some special bricks to a mid-section or a pattern that breaks up the colour.

For more information about calculating how many bricks you'll need, why not check out our blog post?

Will You Go Reclaimed?

A popular option when selecting bricks is to go down the reclaimed route.

You don't have to buy bricks new and there is actually a fairly substantial market for reclaimed bricks.

These are a cheaper option and may even be preferable if you have an older existing property.

If your property is fairly old or looks a bit weather worn, then picking bricks that share this worn aesthetic will ensure that the extension fits right in.

That said, you may have to do a bit of hunting to find exactly the brick you want.

At least that would be true, if you didn't happen to be on a brick matching website that saves you the hassle. Did you know, we match your old bricks for you!

Colours Matter

Of course, the main thing people think about when building an extension is what colour it's going to be.

Although intuition would suggest matching the new bricks to the existing property, you don't always have to do that (yes, we're even surprising ourselves!).

In some cases, a contrasting brick colour could look quite impressive on the side of the building. For example, contrasting a blue with a red might give you a striking contemporary look.

However, if you want to keep it simple, you'll want to pick something that looks virtually identical.

Either way, you can trust us to help you achieve your desired look.

Here Are Some Examples Of Popular Bricks From Different Areas

Yellow/Gold - London and Cambridgeshire

These bricks often have specks of black and grey from the ash that was in the air when they were manufactured. Colours range from dark gold to pastel yellow.

This style can also be found in townhouses around the country, imitating the style of the capital. Types include various versions of London Stock (think everything from Dulwich to Westminster) and Alaska bricks.

Orange - Rural Midlands and Lincolnshire

From soft and light to mid-range oranges, sometimes including a few white bricks. Often seen in farm buildings. Look for Farmhouse Orange and Leicester Orange.

Grey/White - Yorkshire

You'll see a lot of this in places like Leeds and Huddersfield, in the cities and suburbs. Look for a Rothesay Blend, Bradgate or Brunswick Grey.

Red - South East

Of course red bricks are used all over the place but there is a certain kind that was quite popular in the south east. These were often softer bricks and used in Georgian townhouses. Look for Staffordshire Smooth Red, Berkshire Red and reclaimed soft reds.

Blue - Midlands

Staffordshire Blue is one of the most common types of blue brick but you could try Chelsea blue for a more contemporary look.

Don't Stress In Your Search For The Right Brick

Rather than struggling to think of the right brick and traversing the country looking for someone who sells them, let us do the work.

We created our Brick Selection service for this very reason. Just head here, put in your details and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.