Full Brick Vs Brick Veneer
As with all systems, there are advantages and disadvantages. It is important, as an individual, to choose the type of brickwork and system that suits you.
FULL-BRICK (using mainly exposed brickwork)
Advantages: Low maintenance, superior insulation properties, fire resistant, resistant to termites and other bugs, retards noise, greater resale value, unaffected by moisture, child proof, visually appealing, cost less or on par with brick-veneer, less contractors required, and no skirting boards required.
Disadvantages: Heavier foundations required, most builders are geared up for brick-veneer, and more planning and care needed for plumbing and electrical work.
Namoi Valley Brickworks produce only solid bricks which means you can save money on mortar, as you do not have to use excessive amounts of mortar to fill the void. Many of the bricks now on the market have holes in the centre of the bricks, which in essence requires more mortar. It may mean that in reality, you are actually getting 35% more mass with a Namoi Valley Brick, compared with the bricks with holes in them (extruded).
Many engineers and architects believe that a solid brick is more structurally sound than an extruded brick. Solid bricks are also easier to drill into and fasten onto, as there are no holes to interfere with plugs, which are required when fastening objects to a brick wall. This is especially so if you render the bricks as you need to know that when you drill into a brick wall, you are not going to drill into a void.
If you want to finish your house with the same bricks for such things as sills, steps or a brick fence, the Namoi Valley solid bricks are the obvious choice, as there are no unsightly holes to spoil the finished project.
Bricks of distinction made in the traditional way