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.

The Brick Driveway, a smart way to upgrade your home.

There are countless articles on kitchen, bathroom and extreme remodels and likewise numerous ads for window replacement,
but one of the smartest and simplest upgrades for your home is often overlooked.  Consider building a brick driveway!

The brick driveway is an instant way to increase your home’s value.  Furthermore, one day you may want to sell your home.
When the market is fiercely competitive and most of the homes in a neighborhood have similar features, the home with the brick driveway will take the lead in getting noticed.   Brick driveways are elegant and they create remarkable first and lasting impressions among prospective buyers.

Brick driveways are maintenance free and may last well over 100 years.  Bricks can be individually replaced when needed and are super easy to clean.   Brick pavers come in a variety of colors that complement the colors in your neighborhood and your house.

If you want to build curb appeal this spring, then build a brick driveway.

 

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The mission of Summit Brick Company is to provide superior quality clay and building products accompanied by great service to all customers.  With the utmost respect for safety, environment and community, Summit looks to maintain controlled growth along with being an involved member and leader in the industry.

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