Why Clay Brick

Why Clay Brick

Clay Brick has been known for centuries as one of the most sought-after and reliable construction materials.

The Natural Choice

Made of clay and shale, the final composition of clay brick includes the four natural elements: earth, wind, fire and water. Therefore, they contain no pollutants or allergens and are resistant to noxious insects. They are also known to have a benign effect on the environment.

The natural insulation properties of clay brick contribute significantly to the life cycle of a building. Clay brick has the ability to absorb heat during the day and release it at night, thus reducing the need for artificial heating in winter and cooling in summer. So much so, that clay brick has become the preferred choice for many residential and commercial projects.

Cost Effective

Buildings should be built to last and as such the life cycle value of a building derived from long term durability, low maintenance and energy savings should be the key determining factor to be taken into account. Clay bricks fulfil all these requirements in ensuring solid quality constructions, and offer the most efficient and cost-effective solutions in the long-term.

Dimensional Accuracy and Symmetry

Clay bricks have the highest dimensional stability and compressive strength. Deformations in buildings can lead to creep and shrinkage of mortar, which in turn can lead to surface cracking due to compressive strains and temperature fluctuations, thus jeopardising the safety of the entire building. These cracks can be avoided by adapting the structural design to the properties of the building material, using a building material with extremely low deformation values, like clay brick..

Durability

Durability is as an important factor in sustainable building design - the longer the building lasts the fewer materials and less energy it will consume over the long term.  Clay brick is a durable and timeless building material that complements the aesthetic and functional needs of any building. Structures that were built from clay brick and remain standing after centuries of exposure, have proved the durability of clay brick many times over.  Thus, with very little maintenance, buildings made from clay brick can outlast many generations.

Ease of Use

Seldom do clay brick become too wet to work with, which means builders and developers benefit from significant savings on time and labour too.

Energy Efficiency

Clay brick’s are renowned for their thermal attributes that provide warmth in winter and cooler conditions in summer, thus ensuring that energy is not squandered on artificial heating and cooling mechanisms.

Acoustic Insulation

Apart from its natural thermal qualities,clay brick also has highly sought after acoustic properties that facilitate the reduction of external noise. Acoustic insulation is the ability of a wall to resist the transmission of airborne sound. The density of clay brick provides maximum insulation against noise.

Versatility

Clay bricks are available in a variety of colours, shapes, and textures to suit any building application. A key characteristic is the way clay brick walls and pavers remain solid and pleasing even after long tem weather exposure.

Weatherproof

Clay bricks are rendered water resistant making them impervious to all forms of weather conditions. They comprise of a fine capillary pore system which has the ability to absorb moisture from rain or water vapour and then release it back into the atmosphere again as quickly.

Clay brick is the most reliable and enduring of all building materials. Few other fabricated building units have enjoyed such widespread and continuous popularity.

Consistency

Clay bricks are made to the same formula that has been used in the construction of many prominent landmarks. It has proved itself as a durable and aesthetically pleasing building material that performs consistently over long periods of time.  Clay brick owes its unique properties such as strength, durability, dimensional stability, longevity, fire- and weather-resistance to the final composition of raw materials as well as a time trusted process that is as rich in tradition as it is in performance.