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Build Peterborough’s bricklayers are some of the best in the area, and can produce the walls you need to a very high standard, quickly and professionally with minimal need to tidy up after they have gone!
Our brick and block layers can help you start your renovation or extension in any of the following areas including PE1: Bretton (PE3), Orton (PE2), Deeping (PE6), Bourne (PE10), Stamford (PE9), Spalding (PE12), St Neots (PE19), Huntingdon (PE28), Oakham (LE15), Uppingham (LE15).
Bricklaying is one of the first jobs to do after laying the concrete pad of any new extension or new build building. Where some more ambitious DIYers attempt to do it themselves, it is far quicker and easier to rely on experts from a full service building company such as Build Peterborough.
Hiring us to do multiple trades is a good idea as our people know each other and have a lot of experience in working around each other when multiple trades are on site.
Can I do it myself?
Bricklaying is a very specialist and skilled job that beginners can manage very slowly but the best can do at a far faster rate without leaving cold spots on internal walls due to errors. If you spilt mortar between the cavity walls it could conduct cold and damp through the wall and into your home. This is one area where you really should leave it to the experts!
Building a wall isn’t a case of simply throwing a few courses of bricks down on mortar. There are a variety of techniques that reflect the type of wall you need. Bricks come in all shapes and sizes, whether concrete blockwork that is concealed behind render or decorative brickwork, engineering bricks for waterproof walls, or recycled bricks that are usually used to match the local architectural environment.
Let’s begin with the types of bricks and blocks and what they are used for before going into the different types of brickwork and what that can be used for.
Blocks, also known as breezeblocks, are large concrete blocks that are used for putting walls up quickly. In most cases, we use ‘lightweight blocks’ that are both light enough to be picked up with one hand yet are still more than strong enough to meet building regulations in load bearing walls.
While these aren’t very appealing to the eye, walls can be built very quickly because of their size. There are generally 10 blocks per square metre, where the bricklayer will have to lay 60 bricks per square metre. As such for a wall that isn’t visible these are very efficient for building a wall.
Where they are not very appealing to the eye, in standard cavity wall construction, blocks will form the inner skin of a wall and be concealed on the outside by bricks and on the inside with plasterwork.
Hollow blocks can be used in attics (because of their weight) or where you are going for a very good insulation rating on a building. Being hollow they trap air in their cavities and the air is extremely good at insulating a space. Where a very strong wall is required, concrete can be poured into the cavity and add to the structural strength and integrity.
Depending on the strength of the wall will consider using heavyweight blocks. These are heavier but have a much greater loadbearing strength so while slower to build will be able to take greater forces. Your architect or building engineer will tell you what you will need.
Heavyweight blocks are often used in foundations in preference to bricks.
Bricks have been used in Peterborough since the dawn of history! There are a large variety of bricks that can be used but in the modern day we will focus on four – the Facing brick, Common brick, the Engineering brick and the Recycled brick.
- The Facing brick
Facing bricks are made for outer walls, and have a uniform colour. They will have been burned on the outside as part of the production to achieve low water permeability. They are often used on the outer skin of a cavity wall with blockwork on the inner skin of the wall. The classic colour is what you would find in large, new housing estates where uniformity is part of the character of the area.
- The Recycled brick
These are often used to help a new building or extension blend into an older neighbourhood, perhaps in a Conservation Area. They will not be uniform in colour but will add character to a building or wall. As with facing bricks they are used on the outer skin of a cavity wall because of their decorative properties. Not everyone wants a uniform red in a uniformly red neighbourhood!
Another use for recycled bricks is of course for indoor decoration where you may be seeking a particular look – perhaps in your loft conversion or kitchen. Speak to us to discuss your requirements and we turn your dreams into reality.
- The Engineering brick.
These bricks are made to a very high standard and are designed to have low water permeability. As such they are used in damp courses, to prevent water from getting into the building. They are sometimes used for the foundations and up to a certain height above the ground. Engineering bricks also have very high strength in compression so where there is a large wall being built these may be used.
- The Common brick
These are not uniform in colour and are not made to the same standard as engineering bricks, and as such should not be used below ground, or for anything other than the inner wall of a cavity wall.
Common bricks are in a large part falling out of use, because blockwork is so much quicker to lay than bricks. Blockwork is a lot more thermally efficient and generally the better choice for most constructions than that of common bricks.
Courses and brickwork
Despite its appearance, a single course of bricks isn’t very strong – someone shoulder barging a single course brick wall could knock it over, no matter the quality of the workmanship. With blockwork however, this can be used as a single course as it has the lateral strength that bricks do not.
There are a number of different ways of laying courses of bricks and blocks according to the strength of the wall required and its purpose.
The Stretcher Bond
The stretcher bond is where the bricks are laid end to end, with the next course offset half a brick in a traditional pattern. Because the stretcher bond lacks much lateral strength it needs to be built with piers or be ‘tied’ to the other side of the cavity.
Blockwork has a lot more lateral strength than bricks, and can be built in a stretcher bond method with a lot more structural strength. If you are using facing bricks on the outside, the stretcher bond is acceptable on both walls as much of the structural strength is held by the blockwork.
For shorter walls, the stretcher technique is acceptable. For the wall of a smaller building the corners will add to the structural integrity.
Stretcher and piers
Where we are building you a garden wall we will often consider a stretcher bond with piers. This allows us to build a longer wall that retains structural integrity. The piers are built outwards and give the wall added lateral strength. Put simply, it would take too much effort for someone to just push a single course stretcher laid wall with piers!
A much slower to build, yet far stronger and decorative bond is the English bond. This has greater lateral strength than the stretcher bond, and is a very good structural alternative to blockwork.
The English bond is the strongest of all bonds. As you can see in the picture above, it is two brick widths thick, and the courses are laid at right angles to each other. For a wall that is very strong, this is the choice in any construction.
However, you pay the price of the time it takes to put the wall together! Where the stretcher bond is only one brick width thick, there are two bricks in the English bond for every single brick that goes into the English bond. It is extremely pleasant to look at, and has great structural integrity.
One of the best uses for the English bond system is for a decorative garden wall where blockwork would compromise the neighbourhood or quality of your home.
So what next?
Your building engineer or architect will advise us as to exactly what bricks or blockwork is required as well as what brickwork to use for each type of wall we build. With decades of experience in the field, our teams of brickies can do a very good job and deliver it well within the timeframe required.
Other Bricklayers In Peterborough
If you didn’t find what you were looking for, the below establishments might be able to help!
Please note that the following list was put together from publicly available records and was correct to the best of knowledge at the time of posting. If you’d like to remove or edit your business please get in touch via our contact page.
BF BrickworkUnit B/Edison Courtyard/Brunel Rd, Corby
|Prestige Brickwork & Scaffolding||4, Sanders Lodge Industrial Estate, Rushden|
|G.S.D.Brickwork Ltd||52 London Road, Peterborough|
|B R Unwin Brickwork||86 Long Lane, Willingham, Cambridge|
|C C Brickwork||46 King Street, Rampton, Cambridge|
|IEB Brickwork||Badger Calvehay Farm/Bridge St, Peterborough|
|Steve Panton Building & Brickwork||38 Thistle Drive, Peterborough|
|cambsbrickwork||2 Goode Close, Cottenham, Cambridge|
|IEB Brickwork & General Building||Badger Calvehay Farm/Bridge Street, Kings Cliffe, Peterborough|
|Chadbon Brickwork||27 Barnwell Drive, Rushden|
|Steve Ablett Brickwork Ltd||7 Hulme Way, Wellingborough|
|County Brickwork & Ground Work||199 Norwich Rd, Wisbech|
|Amici Building Contractors Ltd||North Bank House/Back La, Grantham|
|Brobrad Developments Ltd||Top Close, Thrapston|
|Andrew Johnson||17 Ford Close, Yaxley, Peterborough|