Brick is back!
This traditional building material is back in vogue with architects, not only for stable structures but to display innovative design and craftsmanship.
Taylor Maxwell partner with UK and European brick manufacturers, to supply a large range of bricks to meet the appearance and budget requirements of your project. Our range includes a broad spectrum of colours including reds, oranges, blues, greys, yellows and creams. In addition to this, we also supply glazed bricks and create bespoke brick blends to meet the vision of your design.
Modern, fired, clay bricks are formed using one of three manufacturing processes – soft mud (stock), dry press (handmade), or extruded (wirecut), each have a unique influence on the size, shape, texture and colour of the finished product.
Despite being at the higher end of most budgets, handmade bricks are increasingly becoming a preferred option. They offer increased texture and depth with imperfections that create a sense of warmth and are more versatile than mass produced facings.
Types of bricks
Wirecut bricks are produced by extruding a column of clay through a die and then cut into individual bricks using wires. Wirecut bricks tend to be very uniform in shape with precise edge and extremely good tolerance.
Individual bricks are hand thrown into moulds which products a gently creased texture in the face of the bricks. Handmade bricks usually have an indent in the top known as a 'frog'.
Also known as soft mud bricks, stock bricks are produced using clay with a relatively high water content, taken from rivers or quarries. Stock bricks often have more varied edges and like handmade bricks, they usually have a frog.
Produced by pushing clay through rectangular dies using water as a lubricant to form the bricks. Waterstruck bricks tend to have an irregular appearance and are often solid without a frog.
Colours and finishes
We supply a range of colours and finishes including red bricks, buff bricks, blue bricks, orange bricks, grey bricks, yellow bricks and many glazed options. Our experienced teams can also work with you to create bespoke blends to meet the design vision of your project.
The finish of a brick will depend on the way in which it is manufactured. Each manufacturing technique gives the brick its unique characteristics that can provide a traditional or more contemporary finish. With thousands of different colours, textures and finishes available, it can be challenging to find the brick type that is most suitable for your development. This is where you can call upon our knowledgeable teams located across the UK to draw upon their years of experience to offer advice and consultation and to guide you through the process of material selection.
The benefits of clay brickwork
Bricks will work in almost all built environments, and offer a permanence that few other materials can match. Clay bricks will weather naturally over time and do not require routine maintenance and redecoration.
With specialists based in 12 offices across the UK, Taylor Maxwell can provide local knowledge of the bricks used on existing schemes, or bricks suited to the local architectural style. We can then provide samples for approval based on an exact match where possible, or the nearest brick blend/type to meet the required finish.
In addition, we offer our ‘Select Range’ of bricks which are manufactured exclusively for Taylor Maxwell by leading manufacturers and offer a wide range of finishes at very competitive price points.
Do you need help with a brick match?
We offer a brick matching service...
With thousands of different brick colours, sizes and textures found across the UK, matching existing brickwork can be challenging.
Our experienced sales teams across the UK draw upon their years of local knowledge to offer a highly personalised service that assists architects, developers and contractors with selecting the most suitable brick type for building projects through our online brick matching service.
Simply send us three images of the brick you would like to match, and we will provide samples and quotations for approval based on an exact match where possible, or the nearest brick type/blend, to meet the required aesthetic.
Can't find what you're looking for?
We partner with all major UK manufacturers and supply a large range of imported European bricks to provide you with the widest choice of facing bricks possible. Our range includes an exceptional spectrum of colours including reds, oranges, blues, greys, yellows and creams with long format, glazed bricks and bespoke blends available.
Contact us with the aesthetic and budget requirements of your development and our team will be able to guide you in your product selection.