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How do I Choose the Best Masonry Bricks?

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  • Written By: Erin J. Hill
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 08 June 2018
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Choosing the best masonry bricks does not have to be a challenge. In most cases, picking the right materials for your project is simply a matter of personal preference and taste. That said, there are some cases where choosing a specific type of product is necessary, so keep this in mind while shopping.

The type of masonry bricks you choose should reflect the overall style of the structure you intend to construct. If they will be used to erect a home or any other type of exterior wall, choose bricks that are made for the outdoors. You should also choose items that are as even as possible to allow for a sturdier structure.

You can choose from literally hundreds of styles when shopping for masonry bricks. To find the ones you like, browse through several building and home improvement stores to get an idea of what is available. You can also search online. If you are especially handy, or will be hiring a professional mason to do the actual construction, you can even choose more than one type of masonry bricks to create attractive patterns.

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There are also masonry bricks available for decorative items like walkways, patios, and fireplaces. These generally do not have to fit together perfectly, unlike bricks being used to construct a sturdy wall, and they can often be combined in patterns to create a one-of-a-kind look. There is no right or wrong way to build with these types of materials since they are not holding up a structure. However, taking your time and using mortar designed for outdoor use, such as walkways and patios, will provide longevity.

Choosing the right non-structural masonry bricks requires that you shop around for items that will best match your home. For walkways, you probably want to go for something smoother to avoid trips and falls. You also want to be sure that the bricks you’re using are appropriate for outdoor use.

Talk to the salespeople in retail stores in your area and ask for recommendations on masonry bricks they have experience using. They may be able to give you helpful hints on what items are best for what types of projects. Once you have a type or brand to choose from, it is really up to you to pick the colors, styles, and textures you desire.

Remember that installing bricks and other masonry materials is not as easy as it looks. If you are not experienced in this type of work, it may be wise to hire a professional. Ask the personnel at the store if they offer any type of free or discounted installation, or ask for references regarding masons in the area who may be of assistance.

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