Facing bricks are the face of the house, which means that when selecting, it is necessary to pay attention to its decorative functions and how long it will retain its appearance.
Correctly selected facing bricks not only decorate the building, but also provide it with additional sound and heat insulation.
Choose a brick color
Presented in the stores samples facingThe bricks impress with their bright saturated colors, but any, even the most light-resistant brick will fade in the sun, so when choosing it, you first need to find out how brightly concrete a brick is, and secondly, to buy a brick for a tone darker than necessary.
You can find a house lined with the same brick as the one to which you are looking, and with your own eyes see how it becomes in the sun.
It is important not only the color of the brick, but also the uniformityIts color. On the sample in the store there will be no stains and blemishes, but they can appear under the influence of rain and snow. To check whether the brick is evenly dyed, simply, it is enough just to boil the brick so that the water is completely boiled, if the divorce does not appear, then this brick is painted qualitatively.
Bricks are produced in factories in batches, shadesCan slightly differ from party to party, this will not be noticeable when buying, but after finishing the work, the cladding will "please" you with ugly stripes. Try to buy a brick from one batch, and if this is impossible, make sure that your builders have brick masonry experience of bricks from different parties interspersed, such a lining can even bring some zest to the appearance of the house.
All facets of the facing brick must convergeUnder perfectly straight angles, the dimensions of the brick should also exactly match the given ones. When laying, make sure to select a reference brick and check with it all the rest, if some bricks have defects in shape, use them in the least noticeable places. Make sure that the brick does not have cracks and chips.
The facing brick should have a bevel, this improves its appearance. A high-quality brick must have absolutely flat surface, irregularities indicate the presence of lime in the structure.
Lime in the facing brick not only spoils its appearance, but also significantly affects the strength.
Functionality of facing brick
Choose a facing brick not only forAppearance, but also on its other characteristics. Facing brick protects the load-bearing structures of the house, it is he who first becomes in the way of wind, rain, snow, sun rays.
The most important characteristic of brick -Frost resistance, it determines how many freeze-thaw cycles it will withstand. Also, heat conduction is important for facing bricks, the lower it is, the less heat exchange between the house and the environment. Facing bricks should have low water absorption, a wet brick quickly deteriorates and the cold suffers less.