Thinking about building and want to know the best material to use for construction? Here’s why bricks are best.

Choosing the right material for your dream home can be overwhelming, but opting for bricks offers the assurance of a time-tested product with numerous visible and hidden benefits. Ground Up Building Products offers an extensive selection of bricks from top Australian suppliers at competitive prices.

Clay bricks are cost-effective, widely accessible, mass-produced, and rigorously tested as modular building elements. Their substantial mass contributes to favorable acoustic and thermal characteristics. They demand minimal maintenance and boast significant durability and load-bearing capabilities. All PGH Bricks are produced with strict adherence to the Australian Standard AS/NZS 4455:1997.

1. Bricks are low-maintenance

Bricks require no painting, sealing, or termite protection. Brick walls are resistant to rotting, fading, peeling, or disintegration as time passes. A soft brush for an occasional cleaning is all that’s needed to preserve their appearance. Being among the oldest building materials, brick structures from over 2000 years ago during the Roman era remain standing and functional. Their enduring beauty is a key reason why property investors favor them, recognizing their lasting strength and low maintenance.

2. Bricks offer thermal properties

Brick, as a building material, possesses outstanding thermal mass properties. Thermal mass refers to the capacity of a dense, heavy material to absorb heat and release it gradually. Consequently, brick houses remain cool during the peak heat of summer days, and in the cooler seasons, they retain the house’s warmth and slowly emit it indoors. Perfectly matched to Australia’s sunny weather, bricks can be effectively paired with insulation to create an optimal heat-efficient construction solution.

3. Bricks are made from natural products

Bricks are primarily composed of clay and shale, some of the most plentiful materials on the planet. They are produced with minimal waste, which can all be recycled for use in future products. Made from natural elements and subjected to extreme heat, bricks can endure nearly all of nature’s challenges while retaining their aesthetic appeal and durability. Clay bricks are inert, meaning they do not emit volatile substances, and both clay brickwork and its components are non-toxic.

4. Protection from fire, wind and moisture

Brick is non-combustible because its primary ingredient, clay, is fired at approximately 1000 degrees Celsius. Consequently, it does not ignite during bushfires, offering protection to more flammable items within a home. Due to its strength and durability, brick is favored by insurance companies, often resulting in reduced home insurance premiums. Brick veneer walls are superior in moisture control compared to other exterior wall systems. While not entirely waterproof, clay bricks are effective at repelling rainwater, even against wind-driven rain.

5. Bricks are beautiful

Bricks are compatible with every design style, from majestic Victorian residences to sleek, ultra-modern homes, and mid-century architectural gems. They are versatile and tactile, available in an extensive array of colors, finishes, and textures, enabling builders to craft a distinctive home. Smooth-textured bricks with metallic finishes are ideal for contemporary or mid-century styles, whereas classic, artisan-crafted sandstock bricks complement traditional homes or an industrial chic aesthetic beautifully.