Facing brick are intended for use in both structural and nonstructural masonry, including veneer, where appearance is a requirement. Face brick are not only used for structural purposes and aesthetics, they also increase energy efficiency and are economical. You’ve likely specified face brick on homes, commercial buildings, fireplaces, entry walls/gates, multifamily developments, retail developments, and schools/universities. It comes in a wide selection of color, texture, and size options for a customized look and feel. Specifically intended for long-term application, face brick requires little maintenance and minimizes the amount of energy needed to heat and cool a building.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine the requirements of face brick for use in exterior exposures.
  • Identify the test methods employed to determine brick’s physical properties.
  • Appreciate why brick, a product made from naturally-occurring materials, has inherent imperfections.
  • Understand the measurement methods used to determine brick size and shape.

Pre-requisite: Basic knowledge of brick applications.