Bricks Material for Flooring

Bricks became cheaper as the industry grew to make its way to its traveling downwards through the social scale.

Brick is a classic flooring material. Brick construction itself continues to be regarded and taught as one of the primary construction types of contemporary building. Before using the material for flooring, here are the types of bricks you need to know:

Types of brick

Reclaimed bricks

Resulting from a number of demolition each year, there is a thriving trade in reclaimed bricks.

Advantages:

  • Reusable
  • Durable
  • From the manufacturing process, there are no toxic emissions
  • Channeling demolition waste from landfill

Disadvantage:

  • Quality assurance issues since this type are reclaimed

Clay facing and common bricks

From manufacturers end, clay facing and common bricks represent by far the greater output. One notable difference is that between perforated and solid where the former is both lighter and slightly more resource efficient as clay bricks can come in a variety of forms.

Advantages:

  • Reusable if used with lime mortar
  • Durable
  • Large reserves

Disadvantages:

  • Cannot be reclaimable if used with Portland cement mortar
  • High embodied energy
  • The high output of CO2
  • A bag of pollutants like fluorides, chlorides, and oxides of nitrogen and sulfur is the product of firing of bricks.
  • There is a long-term environmental impact on the landscape for clay extraction

Calcium Silicate bricks

Produced by mixing quicklime or hydrated lime with silica sand together with sufficient water to let the mixture to be molded for calcium silicate or sand-lime bricks. Until the lime is fully hydrated when it is pressed into molds and for two to three hours cured in a high-pressure autoclave, the mixture is set aside. The lime reacts with silica to form hydrated calcium silicates in this process and a durable strong brick is a product. To eliminate damage to brick, the sharp arises need careful handling, the finished bricks are very precise and consistent.

Advantages

  • Reusable if used with lime mortar
  • Old bricks can be crushed and recycled into new bricks without loss of quality
  • Durable
  • Large reserves

Disadvantages

  • Extraction of sand can cause landscape degradation
  • Transportation can add considerably to the embodied energy

Unfired Clay bricks

It has become appealing to contractors for use of unfired clay in construction for its distinguished benefits to indoor air quality as well as its very low environmental effect.

Advantages

  • Reusable and recyclable
  • The energy is very low embodied
  • Very low waste
  • Large reserves
  • No emissions during manufacture
  • Can help to manage humidity

Disadvantages

  • Non Load-bearing in general
  • When prolonged exposure to water, there is a tendency to degrade
  • Can place limited on internal decoration