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The cornerstone of construction

The number one enemy of any building is time and over long periods the structure can fall into a state of disrepair. Brick and masonry repairs may be unavoidable but that doesn’t sway us in the slightest. When it comes to the repair work, we go the extra mile to ensure that not only are the repairs sustainable, but that the style and appearance is correct as well.

Having seen use for thousands of years, bricks are well known among masonry experts such as us. They are highly regarded as being eco-friendly. There is a minimal amount of waste produced when manufacturing the bricks and they are extremely durable, being able to hold out against extreme weather conditions. Additionally they can be reused and recycled in the future.

The most common type of bricks are made from clay. The material becomes hard and durable after being heated at a thousand degrees centigrade. A large deposit of rich clay located near the Hudson River in the late 1800s and early 1900s had a big impact on New York. As a result the state was known as the “brick making capital of the world”. More than 100 brick manufacturers operated along the river during these times.

When it comes to the brick colours, you may be interested to know that the minerals and chemicals used in them establish their colour. Red bricks are a result of the iron utilised. The temperature levels used to make them can affect the shade of their colour, with higher temperatures resulting in darker colours. Fired bricks usually contain silica (sand), clay, lime, iron oxide and magnesia.  The iron is transformed into iron oxide when the brick is fired, resulting in the red colour. If a higher content of lime is present, white or yellow bricks can be the result.

At Churchill Concrete Technology brick and masonry repairs are one of our specialties. Damage can occur at any point of the structure and it is important for us that we understand where it is in order to effectively repair it. This is why we offer our survey and testing service to check structures. They allow us to locate problems and determine the extent of the wear.

No repair job is too challenging for our company and clients across the UK can rely on us to offer a professional service.