How do I choose the right brick and mortar colour?
Brick colour plays a huge factor in the finished look and feel of a project. One of the many advantages facing bricks can offer as a building material is that they are available in a wide selection of colours.
With such a vast range of bricks to choose from, finding the perfect brick for a project can be a daunting task. As colour is one of the first considerations when selecting a brick, Wienerberger places bricks into colour categories to help customers narrow down their selection.
The Wienerberger facing brick range is broken down into the following colour categories:
• Red and Red Multi
• Orange and Orange Multi
• Buff and Buff Multi
• Yellow and Yellow Multi
• Cream and Cream Multi
• White Glazed
The fired colour of clay bricks is influenced by the chemical and mineral content of the raw materials, the firing temperature and the atmosphere in the kiln. Created by applying glaze to high specification facing bricks, bespoke glazed bricks are available in any colour from Wienerberger’s Colour Fusion range.
Clay bricks are a natural product therefore colours may differ slightly from one production run to another. The mixing of bricks from packs will provide a good balance of colour, particularly with ‘multi’ coloured products, and help to prevent ‘colour banding’ within elevations of finished brickwork. Unless advised otherwise, mix from a minimum of 3 packs.
Using differing colours and textures of bricks can result in some striking facades, be mindful though that different brick types have different dimensional tolerances and if blending imported bricks with local bricks there may even be differing sizes to take into consideration. By working with us closely, we can help you with the selection of your bricks and the creation of your design.
Currently there is a growing trend for projects to incorporate a mix of different products to create their own signature blend for a building. This gives customers the chance to create a project that is entirely unique in appearance and character. We’re able to offer this service, with access to the largest range of bricks available in Europe, meaning that customers can mix and match from a huge selection of colours and textures for complete individuality.
Mortar accounts for 15 – 17% of the visible brickwork of a wall, depending on the bond pattern, so another key consideration for determining the overall appearance of a building is mortar colour.
The same brick can have a totally different appearance depending on what mortar colour it is paired with. It is important to check that your mortar will suit the surrounding built environment, particularly when repointing existing brickwork.
We would recommend trialling different mortar colours as part of the selection process, in order to ensure the end product has the exact look and feel that you’re looking for.
Colour fusion glazed bricks
Colour Fusion glazed bricks continue to see a growing rise in popularity in recent years, especially in the specification market. Wienerbergers Colour Fusion™ glazed brick range offers a core range of standard colours, matching any RAL colour reference that you desire. We even have the ability to match special shaped bricks, further demonstrating the ranges versatility.
The possibilities are endless, offering architects and designers a true artist’s palette with a choice of colors and hues matched to RAL references. We actively encourage you to be creative, expressive and inspired. Created by applying glaze to high specification facing bricks, the Colour Fusion™ range contains 12 core brick colours (yellow, light and dark green, red, light and dark blue, black, brown, dark and light grey, and two white shades) which can be ordered in a mix of colours and in bespoke sizes and shapes, with a fully customised glazed face.
The high gloss finish protects the depth and hue of the brick, keeping the finished structure vibrant and true to the original design for the lifetime of the building. With our bespoke palette mixing options, anything is possible.
Our unrivalled Colour Fusion range brings you a lasting, durable, visually appealing range of glazed bricks available in any RAL colour you desire.
215mm x 102.5mm x 65mm, Bespoke sizes, shapes and glazed surfaces to match any RAL colour reference are available to order.