Brick colours & textures
All of our bricks are available in a variety of textures - smooth, light textured, heavy textured, tumbled and stock.
In some circumstances, texture is as important as colour. Often it is crucial to reflect the look and feel of existing legacy brickwork, and texture can play a vital role in this process. Texture will also influence the way light is reflected off the brick surface, how much light and shade is created, and the final, perceived colour of the façade.
Our range is separated five main texture types which are briefly described below.
A modern smooth finish or smooth sandfaced finish. These wirecut bricks are consistent and uniform in character. Sandfaced finish takes a smooth brick and blasts a coating of sand onto the column of clay before firing. The adhered sand adds a light texture to an otherwise smooth brick.
A modern, uniform, wirecut brick. Using a variety of rollers or blades, a number of textures are applied to these extruded bricks. The textures vary from small indentations (dragfaced), through printed irregularities (indented, printed/textured) to a rippled/wave effect (rolled back).
A range of bricks with a harder, rougher texture from the bark like effect of a rusticated brick, to Hanson's Facing Bricks unique range of slop clay bricks. Slop clay is a liquid clay solution slopped onto a wire cut brick before firing to give the face a rough and random finish.
Tumbled or retro bricks are more distressed and irregular in shape offering a cost effective way of achieving the old world charm associated with reclaimed bricks. This appearance is achieved through an ageing process by way of tumbling wirecut bricks in a drum.
A traditional-looking brick with a handmade appearance and slightly irregular shape and creased texture. Soft clay clots are ‘thrown' into a mould called a stock. The excess clay is struck off from the top of the mould and the bricks are fired and then turned out.