Brick and Mortar

Mortar is the bonding agent that integrates brick into a masonry assembly. Mortar must be strong, durable and capable of keeping the masonry intact, and it must help to create a water-resistant barrier   (The Brick Industry Association).

Although we like to focus on our quality brick, mortar makes up 17% of any brick work so it carries a large amount of importance as well. Aesthetics, weather, exposure, function, and other factors need to be considered when deciding what mortar type will be used for a project.

There are four different types of mortar. See table below:

mortar table

(Table from The Brick Industry Association)

The way we like to remember the more common mortar types in the office is:

Type N for Normal (this is the most common mortar type)

Type S for Strong

Type M for Mega Strong projects

Beyond functional and structural purposes, another consideration for mortar is color. Color can completely change the way a brick color, building, wall, home, etc. look. In the picture above, that is our Summit Plant’s Coronado brick on BOTH houses. The color of the mortar drastically changes the appearance of the two homes. In the second picture, the mortar is also smeared over the brick to create a different aesthetic. The option of color mortar, different mortar joints and techniques contributes an added aesthetic layer to the appearance of a brick project.

There are many different components of mortar. Check out the following links to learn more about what holds us together!

http://www.gobrick.com/Portals/25/docs/Technical%20Notes/TN8B.pdf

http://www.gobrick.com/Portals/25/docs/Technical%20Notes/TN8.pdf

Jessica Huebner
Marketing Manager
Jessica Huebner has been working in Marketing at Summit Brick Company since July of 2013.

2013 MasterWorks in Masonry Awards

Summit Brick Company is proud to announce that this past weekend we were awarded the Grand Award and Honor Award for the Rocky Mountain Masonry Institute’s 2013 Masterworks in Masonry Awards! As the only brick manufacturer to win a Grand Award, we feel pretty special! We are proud of our product and were honored to work with the teams of owners, architects, general contractors and masons to create these true masterpieces of masonry craft.

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Jennie Smoley Caruthers Biotechnology Building :: Honor Award – Education Category

Groundbreaking: September 2009
Completed: February 2012
Owner: University of Colorado
Architect: HDR and Robert Am Stern
General Contractor: JE Dunn
Mason: Glover Masonry

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Brown Hall :: Grand Award – Education Building

Groundbreaking: January 2010
Completed: January 2013
Owner: Colorado School of Mines
Architect: AndersonMasonDale Architects
General Contractor: Whiting-Turner
Mason: C Morgen Masonry

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