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Concrete versus bricks

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From single residential builds to multi-storey offices and skyscrapers, concrete and brick are materials used in countless construction projects across the globe. Each have their own features and uses, meaning they are a better fit for certain aspects of construction building. However, is one material more suitable for construction projects than the other?

If you’re trying to work out which material will be more appropriate for your next construction project, then read on to learn the key differences between concrete and bricks, and how Wright Minimix can help.

Contact us today for more information on how we can help with you next build.

What are the key differences between concrete and bricks?

The strength

Ultimately, concrete is comparatively stronger than brick, but do note the strength of either material is dependent of the quality of mortar that is used to hold them together in construction.

When measuring the strength in pound-force per square inch (psi), concrete can withstand 3,500 psi – 500 psi more than the brick’s maximum.

The weight

Bricks are the lighter of the two – weighing approximately 5lbs per unit, whereas concrete blocks are much heavier and can weigh up to 43lbs per slab. However, the installation benefits and the overall look of the finished concrete product justifies the awkward transportation requirements, which is made much easier thanks to the use of a concrete pump vehicle.

The Price

Concrete is typically cheaper than bricks, with the latter costing up to 20% more due to the higher labour costs. Concrete on the other hand doesn’t require too many raw materials which brings their cost down.

Their appearance

Contrary to popular belief, concrete comes in a variety of colours – not just grey – as well as hues, shades and patterns available. Bricks also have different colour variations, but are somewhat limited when compared to concrete.

Durability

Both materials are prone to durability issues; concrete is prone to surface erosion, whilst bricks can chip and crack.

Typically bricks last longer than concrete slabs, with the former lasting for generations. Concrete slabs usually need replacing after about 20 years, which is more than enough time when you factor in property renovations that tend to take place every decade or so.

Versatility

Both materials can be used across a number of aspects for your construction project. Concrete slabs are used across garden patios and driveways, and bricks tend to be used for garden paths. With the bonus of having lots of appearance options to choose from, combined with its lower price, we believe concrete is the more versatile choice.

Environmental Impact

When manufactured, concrete emits less carbon dioxide than bricks making concrete the more environmentally friendly material of the two.

Which is better – concrete or bricks?

Whilst there are benefits to using both concrete and bricks, we believe concrete is the ideal material for your construction project. This is because it offers the best value for money, as well as its attractiveness and versatility options across your build.

Wright Minimix are top quality concrete suppliers in the UK

Wright Minimix have built our reputation on excellence, supplying high quality concrete blocks, ready mixed concrete and liquid screed across the South West of England and South Wales. Our highly experienced team of skilled concrete contractors have a wealth of knowledge and pride themselves on giving expert advice across both commercial and residential projects.

To learn how we can provide concrete to assist with your construction build, get in touch today via our website or give us a call on 01179 582090.