How to Choose Bricks

Posted by Image Buildings

Here’s a few helpful tips when choosing bricks for your home.

Find a house style for you

First decide on the style of house you’d like to build, as the design can greatly influence the type of bricks you use.

Your home location

The location of your home will help determine the type of bricks and mortar joints you need. Exposure grade bricks are made to withstand severe coastal conditions, including homes subject to air borne salt spray. General Purpose (GP) grade bricks are suited to all other building types and locations


Colour & Texture

The look and feel of bricks you choose will help create your particular style of home. There are many choices:

  • Smooth bricks - almost ceramic appearance with straight edges
  • Velour bricks - grained texture and straight edges
  • Torn face brick-  a weathered look.
  • Rolled bricks -  distinctive with a variety of textures.
  • Tumbled bricks - a rustic look.
  • Fritted bricks - a mottled appearance.


Did you know Bricks come in different sizes?

  • Standard 76mm high bricks (230mm long x 110mm wide)
  • Slimmer 50mm high

All brick sizes can be used for the entire house or in patterns, window sills, feature walls, formal areas, fireplaces and architectural details.


You may be surprised to learn that the colour and type of mortarjoint (between the bricks) can have a striking impact on the look of your bricks.

Common Mortar Colours are:

  • Natural or grey
  • White or off white
  • Cream or buff
  • Coloured mortar to match the brick colour

The mortar joint refers to how the band of mortar between the bricks is finished. Common Mortar Joints are:

  • Flush
  • Raked
  • Ironed joint 

Get the look you love with the Boral Sampler the great new tool for selecting Boral products and colours. www.boralsampler.com.au

Why not call Image Buildings and speak direct to the builder about building your new home.

Source: http://www.boral.com.au/productcatalogue/CategoryDirect_CTR.aspx?country=AUS&category=4