Types of Bricks

Compare the photos of different types of bricks, including those made of clay and concrete and fire bricks.
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Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Common Brick

Common bricks are clay-based and general-purpose. Today they tend to be used for garden walls and patching masonry.

Facing/Faced Brick

Facing bricks have good faces on all sides. Faced bricks have one good face and one or both good ends.

Engineering Brick

Engineering bricks are very dense and are made of clay. They are used for extra strength and resistance to weather conditions.

Calcium Silicate Brick

Made from lime and sand, these bricks come in a vast range of colors. They are also relatively smooth to the touch and provide a very uniform finish.

Fire Brick

Made from a special form of clay that can withstand particularly high temperatures, fire bricks are commonly used in fireplaces.

Concrete Brick

These bricks are composed of concrete and made in a large range of colors and textures.

Air Brick

Used in a wall's structure to allow ventilation, air bricks are often used around the base of a house, ventilating the area beneath a suspended ground floor.

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