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.
The Matching Brick Company keeps stocks of red and blue engineers (see facing bricks below)
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.
Stock bricks are machine moulded bricks generally with a frog indent, formed by pressing wet clay into sanded moulds. The use of sand to release the bricks from the mould
contributes to their soft texture and slightly irregular shape. Stock bricks produce a softer appearance
These are moulded bricks released from the mould by water. They are solid
bricks, containing no holes or frogs. The use of water together with the wetness
of the clay produces a smooth and lipped edge.
As well as Reclaimed Bricks, The Matching Brick Company stocks a range of
new bricks in Imperial size (normally 73mm or 75mm). Other imperial-sized
bricks are obtainable to order.
A wide variety of Bricks are available in Special Shapes or sizes to compliment or contrast with all facing bricks. The MBC stocks a large range of special shapes in smooth red and blue, and can obtain any special shape to order. We also offer a cut and bond service which is ideal for creating angles for conservatory bases etc.
As the name suggests, handmade bricks are literally made by a person throwing clay into a mould by hand.
This produces the distinctive creases or "smiles" that charecterise handmade bricks. Once all bricks were made this way and although a few traditional
handmade brickworks still exist, the cost of producing bricks by this method is prohibitive so more often nowadays this process is done by a machine. These are prestige facing
bricks adding style, individuality and character to any project. The MBC stocks a wide range of handmade bricks.