If you are looking for a solid, sturdy, and attractive brick to start a new construction project, or to simply freshen up your interiors, Ibstock smooth red bricks have many benefits, including:
- High compressive strength
- Low water absorption rate
- Moderate degree of frost resistance
- Made from clay, which makes the product strong and durable, as well as having low conductivity and a long-life span
- Helps to contribute to the thermal mass of construction
- Made from locally sourced natural materials, meaning that waste is minimal and they are more ecofriendly.
No matter what look you are going for, we have a wide range of Ibstock red bricks and Ibstock blue engineering bricks for you to choose from. At prices to suit every budget, we are here to help you complete your project from start to finish.
Natural Variation Information
Ibstock rustic red bricks are made using naturally occurring materials, meaning the colour and texture will differ due to the location that the materials are sourced from. This needs to be considered if you are using the product for decorative purposes or for exterior walls, and it is recommended to buy at least 3 packs to achieve the right balance of colour and to avoid colour banding.
Installation and Aftercare
Bricklaying is not something that is generally considered a DIY project. It requires skill, experience and knowledge, and it is not something that we recommend undertaking unless you have all of these. Experts say that you should not try building a brick wall over 1.2 metres (4 feet) high unless you are an experienced bricklayer.
What is Ibstock red brick made from?
Red bricks are made from clay, making them the perfect choice for exterior walls on domestic and commercial buildings. Clay has a high thermal mass, low conductivity, and good acoustic insulation properties, as well as being able to withstand all weather types. If you look after your bricks, you can expect them to last at least 150 years with minimal maintenance.
What is the standard size of Ibstock red brick?
A standard red brick will measure 215 x 102 x 65mm (L x W x H), however you can also purchase them at 73mm high as well. Having standardised brick sizes means that you can match extensions or patch up during home renovation projects without having to worry about choosing specially made bricks that can cost extra money.
How long does a brick last?
Bricks that are made from clay are durable, sustainable, and reusable. You can expect a single brick to last between 150 – 500 years. You need minimal maintenance to keep this average life span, and with regular care and attention such as mortar replacing, your bricks will stand the test of time.
Which type of brick is the best?
The brick that you choose will all depend on the project you are undertaking. Red bricks are commonly used for exterior walls and decorative feature walls, whereas buff bricks can be used for garden walls and fireplaces. It is important that you know the look that you are aiming for before you purchase your bricks, so you know that you are going to get all the benefits.
How many bricks are in a pack?
The number of bricks in a pack of Ibstock varies with each specific product. You are able to buy Ibstock bricks in packs of 133 all the way up to 500. The standard facing bricks are generally available to buy in larger amounts (500 per pack), while the decorative bricks are available in smaller packs.
Are Ibstock bricks clay?
Yes, Ibstock red bricks are made from clay. Clay provides low conductivity, a high thermal mass, and excellent acoustic insulation, making them perfect for building houses. Clay bricks will offer you a long lifespan and they are highly durable, as well as being reusable.
What are bricks used for?
Bricks are used for all types of masonry work including walls and pavements. You will need to choose your bricks depending on the project being undertaken and the aesthetic that you are looking for. There are many different bricks available to choose from, and you need to ensure that you choose the right strength and material for the job in hand.
How heavy is a pack of Ibstock bricks?
The weight of a pack of bricks will depend on the size of pack you choose. If you are buying a pack of 500 standard Ibstock bricks, you can expect them to weigh approximately 2.2kg.
How do you age bricks quickly?
If you want your new wall or other project to look a bit more distressed and rustic, you can age your new bricks. The two most popular methods are a German smear (a mortar wash where wet mortar is applied to the bricks and then partially removed before it dries) or whitewashing (using undiluted latex paint to give a more uniform appearance).
How long does it take to make a brick?
The process of making bricks can be a long and complicated one, but the basics include the crushing and grinding of raw materials, the forming of the brick, and the moulding or pressing of the brick. Once the brick is ready and in shape, bricks are then fired in a kiln between 10 – 40 hours.
How many bags of cement do I need to lay 1000 bricks?
Firstly, you will need to consider the size of the brick and the size of the bags of cement before working out how many bags are required. If you are using standard bricks and 25kg bags of cement, then on average you should be okay with 6 bags of cement. Remember that you will also need to work out how much sand and the thickness of mortar required as well.
How many bricks are in a 10×10 room?
The total number of bricks required for a 10x 10 room will be 384 bricks. This number of bricks will cover 100 square foot (10 x 10) to create a 4.5-inch brick wall.
What are the different colours of brick?
Generally, bricks will fall into four main categories: reds, buff, browns and blues/blacks – but you can choose whichever colour brick you like! No matter what aesthetic you are going for, there will be a brick colour to match. Popular brick colours include brown, red, buff, grey, cream, black and white, and they are all available in different styles and cuts for you to choose from.