Facing bricksBrick R

Brick R

Technical Information

Color description
The colour of the body is predominantly grey.
Manufacturing dimensions (L x W x H)
ca. 224x73x54 mm (LxWxH)
Quantity / m² with a traditional joint
ca. 66 (12 mm)
Number/m² with a thin joint
ca. 75 (6 mm)

case studie Brick R

Rugged and robust character of Brick R triumphs as part of an architectural gem

Rugged and robust character of Brick R triumphs as part of an architectural gem

Cadiz, 40.000m² of housing, offices, a residential care facility, cafés, restaurants and shops

Cadiz is a multifunctional block in the Cadixwijk on the Eilandje in Antwerp. The construction of this prestigious project has helped to create a brand new, fashionable district within the city.

Vertical applications concept

Vertical applications concept

Facing bricks as a creative source of a new school building

A brand new building has been erected at the north side of the sports facility, on the playgrounds of the elementary school building. The new school building is home to a nursery school and equipped with several class rooms and all of the facilities that teachers need to fulfil their tasks in the best way possible.  

Modest church building with a natural look

Modest church building with a natural look

A unique brick for a unique project

The architecture of the new church building is based on two starting points: the powerful lines of the original burnt down church, and the wish to make the building a great place to meet.  

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Postal code Postnr City Street Style and description Joint Window Roofing  
2000 Antwerpen Luppenstraat 46-50 6 mm
2000 Antwerpen Oostkaai 22-Kattendijk 12 mm
8580 Avelgem Kortrijksestraat 108 6 mm
2880 bornem sint amandsesteenweg 41-43 6 mm
8600 Diksmuide Essenweg 65 12 mm
9031 Drongen Mariakerkesteenweg 100 6 mm Mix sEptEm 7039 - Brick R
3550 Heusden-Zoldder Joachimstraat 15 6 mm
8900 Ieper Brugseweg/Polenlaan 12 mm
1190 Jette Tiebackxstraat 13 12 mm
8670 Koksijde Salvialaan tov 37 6 mm
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ProcessingTips

Preparation of the construction site

Quality brickwork starts with the proper storage of the materials. Provide a firm level base to so that bricks are not in contact with rain and/or dirt.  
As clay is a natural material, successive production runs of the same kind of bricks may present colour variations and size tolerances.
The following precautions will help minimizing this:
  • Always order the full amount of bricks required for a specific site. In this way, the entire order can be made during one production run.
  • Try to have the full order supplied at one time. If this creates several deliveries, always mix a number of packs from the previous delivery with a number of packs from the new delivery. This procedure is especially recommended in case of re-order or for an additional order.
  • Take bricks diagonally across the pack.
  • Draw and use bricks from at least five different packs.
  • For setting out, use bricks from the delivery made to the site in question. Do not exclusively use the theoretical dimensions of the brick, or samples previously supplied, or different production run from that intended for the site.
  • As soon as the bricks arrive on site, check delivery tickets and certificates against the specification and order. Also check that there are no visible inconsistencies with the order.
  • Do not lay bricks in freezing weather or protect the ‘fresh’ masonry with insulating mats in order to avoid frost damage to the mortar.
  • In the case of prolonged dry hot weather, lightly dampen the newly laid brickwork to stop the mortar drying and curing too quickly.
  • Do not lay bricks in precipitation in order to prevent mortar from running on the wall.

Avoid Efflorescence

Brickwork is sometimes marred by white bloom. This efflorescence is usually caused because bricklaying is done under unfavourable weather conditions. The necessary protective measures are often not implemented due to a tight schedule and fast building pace. In very wet conditions, water in soluble substances can result in efflorescence on the surface. In spring as well as autumn, after a wet period (when the brickwork has dried again), soluble substances can rise to the surface as a result of moisture transport. After evaporation of the water, a white bloom is left behind. (Source: Efflorescence on brickwork – Heidelberg Cement Group)
 
Efflorescence on brickwork is always likely to occur. There is no brick - or combination of a certain brick with a specific mortar - that is absolutely efflorescence-free. By taking a few simple precautions, the risk of efflorescence can be reduced.
  • During and after laying, protect the newly built brickwork for a height of at least 60 cm - but ensure there is airspace between the brick face and the waterproof covering.
  • Provisionally install rainwater down pipes to avoid saturation of the newly laid brickwork
  • Never lay bricks in driving rain conditions