At the Matching Brick Company we believe in the concept of Total Personal Service, in listening to the customer and then providing the complete solution to their brick problems. The Matching Brick Company was formed in 1991 with the aim of providing the best brick matching facility around, offering a comprehensive service, delivered by friendly, knowledgeable staff, and backed up with the most extensive stock in the region. Fourteen years on, we like to think that we've achieved the goal:there's only one specialist service providing total brick solutions to the Building Trade and the Retail Public. There's only one Matching Brick Company.
We stock Bricks and Brick Pavers from all the major suppliers, including Ibstock, Hanson, Baggeridge, Terca and Formpave, Our Brick Yard in Swindon and our two in Bristol have the largest range of Bricks, Pavers and Special Shapes in the Region, with hundreds of different types in Stock - including handmade and reclaim bricks for decorative work and interior design. Engineering bricks have high compressive strength and low water absorption properties. They are rated as either class A or B, with A being the strongest and they are ideal for use below ground level and for Damp proof courses. Common bricks have low compressive strength and are of lower quality than engineering or facing bricks as no attempt is made to control their colour or appearance. They should not be used below ground and are generally used for internal brickwork only. The term "frogged common" is sometimes used as a generic term for "flettons" or LBC faced commons.
These are bricks that have a common coloured base and then have different face colours added. Facing bricks give a building its aesthetic appearance and are designed to be used externally against internal block work or brickwork to provide an attractive 'face'. They are by far the most popular type of brick and come in a huge variety of colours and sizes. We have broken these down into there most common descriptive types. The majority of bricks in the UK are formed using this process.
First, clay is extruded through a brick-shaped die, the appearance of the brick can then be determined by the addition of sand or texturing the face. The resultant clay column is then cut into individual bricks and fired in a kiln. They produce crisp lines and sharper looking brickwork. Brick paving is widely recognised as a cost effective, durable and attractive surfacing material. They are generally manufactured in either clay or concrete.