|Friday 24 May 2019||You are here: reclaimed bricks / frequently asked questions|
A1. All our reclaimed bricks are cleaned by hand using a brick hammer. Each individual brick is stacked onto a wooden pallet (approx. 1m x 1m). The finished pack then has a sturdy polythene bag heat shrunk over it to provide stability in transport. The bricks will be delivered either by a tail-lift truck which can deliver a pallet to the nearest point off the road, or by the use of a mechanical off-load vehicle with the use of a crane grab. We will advise which method will be used prior to delivery of any goods. It is important that you make us aware of any roads which will restrict the size of vehicle we can deliver on.
A2. If you are building a new property or large renovation, you will have the use of architect’s drawings and your builder should be able to ascertain the quantity required. If you want to make your own calculations, you can give our brick calculator a try. When inputting the dimensions of the brick, the length of a reclaimed brick will usually be 230mm or 9” and the height can vary on the product chosen. Another factor to take into account when ordering reclaimed bricks is the wastage. We won’t try to convince you that every brick will be perfect and we suggest you make an allowance for 10% wastage. You must however take into consideration that the creased faces, irregular edges and corners on reclaimed bricks do form their character and the overall look and shouldn’t be discarded as wastage.
A3. No problem. If you live near enough to our depot, you are welcome to come along and view the stock we hold at any given time. This way, if you are matching to existing brickwork or you wanted to select a particular batch you can do this firsthand. If you live further away, you can order samples from the website and we will send them to you via a courier service. There is a small fee of £12.50 for this; however, if you then proceed to order the bricks, we will deduct the courier fee from your order.
A4. Very much so. On the website, we try to give a good indication of the colours you will normally expect to see for a given product. If you see a brick that is ‘just right’ for your project we can then advise if we are carrying that exact one in stock or how it will vary from the picture. Reclaimed bricks can however be made to look different when they are built simply by the way they are laid by the builders. For instance, some people prefer to have no painted faces showing, in which case they turn them around and use the backs of the bricks for faces.