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Clay Bricks

The fact is that clay bricks last longer, need less maintenance and in the long run add value to your buildings - you may not want to wait 550 years to appreciate your decision to use clay bricks, but when you sell your property, you'll be glad that you built with clay.

At Clay-Bricks.co.za we supply a wide range of clay bricks for all applications, from clay stock bricks to clay face bricks. Please call or email for the latest brick prices and delivery costs. We deliver bricks in Gauteng, Orange Free State, the North West and Mpumalanga in South Africa.

Please ask us about brick price specials and latest brick availability as these change frequently. Below are some of our most popular clay bricks with specifications.

For photos of Clay Facebricks and some interesting facts on bricks click here

Clay Brick Calculator

A brick calculator works out how many bricks you will need for a given project. You may need a brick calculator if you are planning a project without a builder or double checking the figures for your home building project. Whatever the reason, our brick calculator will make it simple to work out how many bricks you will need for building a wall. Click here to use the free brick calculator.

Clay Stock Bricks

clay ctock bricksClay Stock Bricks are usually used to build walls and features that are to be plastered, but can also be used as a face brick where a rough "classic" look is desired.

Technical specifications for Clay Stock Bricks

Dimensions: 215mm x 100mm x 70mm
Coverage: 48 bricks per square meter of wall
Brick compressive strength: 23 MPa
Palletisation: 1000 Bricks per pallet

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Semi Face Clay Bricks

semi face clay bricksSemi Face Clay Bricks can be either unplastered or plastered.

Technical specifications for Semi Face Clay Bricks

Dimensions: 215mm x 100mm x 70mm
Coverage: 48 bricks per square meter of wall
Brick compressive strength: 45 MPa
Palletisation: 1000 Bricks per pallet

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Iron Stone Semi Face Bricks

Iron Stone Semi Face Brick has an attractive coutryside look, they can be plastered or left unplastered.

Technical specifications for Iron Stone Semi Face Bricks

Dimensions: 215mm x 100mm x 70mm
Coverage: 48 bricks per square meter of wall
Brick compressive strength: 30 MPa
Palletisation: 1000 Bricks per pallet

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Saxon Semi Face Brick

saxon semi face brickWith a pleasant earthy tones the Saxon Semi Face Brick is a great option for homes and extensions.

Technical specifications for Saxon Semi Face Bricks

Dimensions: 215mm x 100mm x 70mm
Coverage: 48 bricks per square meter of wall
Brick compressive strength: 30 MPa
Palletisation: 1000 Bricks per pallet

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Clay Maxi Brick

clay maxi bricksClay Maxi Bricks are substancially larger than ordinary clay bricks. The advantages of this is that fewer bricks are needed per square meter of wall and only a single layer wall can be built for most applications. Thicker bricks are better for colder weather, so if you are building at altitude or in Sutherland, this is for you!

Technical specifications for Clay Maxi Bricks

Dimensions: 290mm x 140mm x 90mm
Coverage: 35 bricks per square meter of wall
Brick compressive strength: 14 MPa
Palletisation: 1000 Bricks per pallet

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Clay Inner Brick

clay inner brickThe Clay inner brick has the same height as the Clay Maxi Bricks and it used in the contruction of inside walls.

Technical specifications for Clay Inner Bricks

Dimensions: 290mm x 90mm x 90mm
Coverage: 35 bricks per square meter of wall
Brick compressive strength: 14 MPa
Palletisation: 1000 Bricks per pallet

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Benefits of Clay Bricks

We have listed our most popular bricks above but the real question is why use clay bricks over any other type of brick or building material?

Good for the environment

Clay bricks are made from clay- pure goodness from the earth. Further, clay bricks can be recycled as building filler or crushed and made into bricks again. Compared to some modern building materials, clay bricks have a very favourable carbon footprint.

Further, clay bricks do not need to be painted and paints are made from petrochemicals which are non renewable and non sustainable.

Structural capability

There is versatility and durability in clay brick. Compressive strength is one of the factors which allows buildings to vary from single storey to more complex and taller buildings. These clay bricks are suitable for both ground level buildings and larger public spaces, like stations and town halls

The versatility of the brick is most evident in the way the choice of brick impacts on the final look of the building. The finish of the brick which ranges through texture and colour will lend a building its individual characteristics.

Fire resistant properties

Not that cement bricks catch on fire, but there are many new age claddings that are not as fire resistant as clay bricks. Most cement bricks are plastered and painted, and most paints are flammable- not a problem that you would experience with clay bricks.

Vandal resistant

Put simply, clay bricks dont make very good canvasses, so the chance of your brick wall bearing the tag of the latest teenage wannabes is slim. If you are concerned about graffitti on your wall you can get wall varnish for face brick that will enable you to wash off graffitti.

Low maintenance

In case you were not bombarded with messages at the top of this page about how long lasting clay bricks are, let's just say it again: clay bricks last a long, long time and do not require any maintenance. Plastered walls are much more susceptible to damp and peeling which in the long run may costs you a lot in repairs.

Easy finish

Clay bricks can be produced to have a finished appearance which allows the builder to finish a building without plaster or paint as the face-brick compliments the final image of the building and often takes into account the surroundings.

Stock bricks and non face bricks on the other hand leave a surface which is ready for the right treatment. A building crew will usually have a professional plasterer that can finish the final surface of the building as the client requires, usually a smooth appealing finish but occasionally texture is called for. This will be applied by the plasterer and then painted as required.

Face brick requires very little maintenence and will maintain it's facade for a long time. Plaster and paint will deteriorate over time and will require maintenence.


Thermal mass in Clay Bricks

Clay bricks are wonderful heat absorbers and have a Thermal mass which is optimal in the South African climate. Read more about thermal mass in bricks.

 

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Cement stock bricks

If we have not convinced you that you need clay bricks, then you are probably interested in cement ctock beicks. Click here to read about cement stock bricks.

 

Latest news

29 August 2013 -Industry statistical monitors have announced during August 2013 that retail and industrial building is on the increase country wide. Nationally the growth rate in terms of the value of plans passed for the private sector have shown a dramatic increase of up to 23%, based on a comparison of the first five months of 2013 to the same period in 2012.

In Gauteng alone the value of plans approved in that period is estimated to be worth over R2,7billion rand. Gauteng Business News has reported similar findings; indicating that at present this is more prevalent in the Irene to Pretoria area where land allocated for industry is being snapped up by developers. Office parks and similar commercial concerns are taking a bit longer to get back into the growth cycle that was cut short by the world economic crisis in 2008.

Similar growth has been reported in the rest of the country with the Eastern Cape delivering 43% of the total growth while Natal, showing a growth of 26%, as having the lowest impact on the overall growth percentage in this period.

This improvement in development will in turn necessitate increases in the building of new housing, and retail and commercial districts, having a positive and profound impact on the economy.

 

Carbon emission of a typical residential property.

28 March 2013

It is tempting to ask what impact building a new house has on the environment. It is an easy question to ask but the answer is not so simple nor is it intuitive!

According to the Guardian online, the carbon footprint of a typical 2 bedroom brick house is 80 Tonnes. This may seem rather high for one home but this is not all bad news.

By far the largest carbon contributor is the walls of the house, which comprises bricks, cement and labour. Labour is inevitable in any construction but bricks are not. There are now a plethora of building materials on the market that offer much lower carbon footprints than bricks for the contruction of a building. Research shows that wood houses use up to 25 tonnes less Greenhouse gasses to manufacture, according to EcoLogHomes.

When taking a long term view of the construction of a house the footprint figures change dramatically. A brick house will outlast every other form of construction by quite a long margin, residential brick houses are known to last for hundreds of years whereas timber houses usually last a few decades at most. This factor is pivotal when looking at the carbon footprint of building a house because renovating an existing house has a significantly smaller carbon footprint than demolishing and scrapping an old house then building a new one in its place.

If one conservatively assumes that a brick house will last 100 years and a timber house will last 33 years (but has a carbon footprint 25 tonnes less than the brick house), then after 100 years the brick house would have used 80 Tonnes of CO2 whereas the timber house would have used 165 Tonnes of CO2, more than double the brick house.

The whole point of sustainability is to improve the world in for the future and it is clear that brick houses are the right answer for anyone looking to reduce the impact that they will have on the environment in the long term.

Gauteng still growing fast

4 February 2013 - Stats SA is reporting that there is a significant increase in the value of building plans passed from the previous year. For the period January to November 2012 Gauteng experienced a 19.5% increase in the estimated value of building plans passed, this contributed 38.4 % of South Africa's total estimated construction spend.

Throughout South Africa the largest increase was in new residential buildings with a 12.7% increase of R3 447 600 000 (R3,4 billion), followed by alterations and additions which contributed a 7.7% increase on last years figures.

Below is a graph showing the cost in millions of Rands spent on contruction in South Africa, where the value is adjusted to 2010's rand value.

building plans construction spen in South Africa

The Western Cape province in South Africa experienced the greatest increase in contruction with a 20% increase in value of building plans passed, surpasing Gauteng's 19.5% increase, but still fell short of Gauteng's enormous total contruction spend which was nearly double that of the Western Cape.

The Northern Cape felt experienced the least development with only 1.3% of South Africa's construction spend and KwaZulu Natal had the greatest decrease in construction spending despite having the countries third largest total building costs.

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Important information

The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) - if you are building make sure that your builder is registered with the NHBRC to reduce your risk. Click here to read about defect cover by the NHBRC.

For building plan information visit the City of Johannesburg building plans page.