Brick & Block Construction

Brick & Block Construction

Brick and block construction has been popular in the UK for centuries. The traditional visual appeal, durability and insulation properties, plus the large number of well-practiced builders in brick and block-work, certainly make it a practical choice. The nature of the material also means all work takes place on the chosen site, obviating remote crews and delivery of large prefabricated sections.

Is brick and block construction expensive?

Standard brick and block materials won't be as costly as for some other methods, but the build is likely to take longer, meaning increased labour costs, and there can be long delays (and associated expenses) caused by poor weather.

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How long will building take usingbrick and block?

Large quantities of 'unassembled' brick and block materials arrive suddenly on site, followed by the skilled fabrication of masonry, the pace of which will feel much slower than with prefabricated sections. Finished masonry must dry-out thoroughly before internal work like electrical installation can proceed, and frost can cause expansion damage to new walling. Hence consideration of seasons is highly significant in scheduling.

How 'green' is brick and block construction?

Although the extraction, manufacture and distribution of brick and block materials represent a substantial carbon-footprint, the impressive durability of this method looks favourable when seen in the very long term. The enormous thermal mass of masonry compared with other construction types can also be seen as a benefit, provided careful use is made of cavity walls and maximum insulation.

Availability of attractively solid materials used in brick and block-work, mean the method is likely to remain popular. Their sound-proofing qualities are preferred in urban environments, but it is worth remembering that the most efficient heating of masonry buildings can require continuous energy input, even when the property is unoccupied for predictable periods.