If you are looking for a brick match at the moment the chances are that you are probably struggling to find a good brick match, as many of the bricks that were manufactured simply are no longer made.
There are two main reasons for this.
Firstly, over the last thirty years the Brick Industry has consolidated which has vastly changed the uk brick market in the.
Before then the construction industry was served by lots of local brick works producing bricks from local clay supplies for their local markets, hence the local and regional brick styles across the UK. A few of these brickwork bought each other and before long a few larger brick companies that controlled several local brickworks emerged such as Redland, Ambion Brick, Chelwood Brick, and so on.
The consolidation continued as these regional brick companies merged or bought one another to form larger companies such as Ibstock Brick, TheBrickBusiness, and so on. As companies such as Wienerberger entered the UK market at the start of the noughties the consolidation reach its peak with three large brick manufacturers - Ibstock, Hanson (now Forterra), and Wienerberger - controlling almost 80% of the UK brick production. The remainder of the market being made up of small local manufacturers serving largely specialist areas of the industry.
As brick companies merged or bought one another they tended to consolidate their brick ranges so as not to compete against bricks from other works now within their own company, hence many brick types that were produced thirty plus years ago have been ceased from production.
Secondly, the 2008 financial crisis hit the UK construction industry hard. As a consequence in the following couple of years lots of UK brickworks were closed or ‘mothballed’, hence all the bricks that were manufactured from those works have been lost as well.
All that means that when you come to match a brick now it is probably no longer manufactured, leaving you with a brick matching problem.
You could go for the ‘closest match’ brick that you can find but this will mostly not be close enough and leave you with undesirable mis-matched brickwork. It can also be costly for home extensions as a ‘closest match’ brick could easily need to be hauled to site from a brickworks at the other end of the country, meaning a hefty haulage cost.
Hence, the need for the Extension Match way of brick matching - the new way to brick match that enables you to achieve the perfect brick match and use low cost local produced bricks for any building extension.
You build in a low cost budget brick with the appropriate matching brick texture.
We can supply these for you delivered direct to site or you can source these from your local builders merchant. Once you have built an Extension Match Brick Technician visits your site and colour matches your brickwork perfectly, ensuring that it blends seamlessly with the original adjoining brickwork, just as you always wanted it to.
The process is tried and tested and is fully guaranteed for the life of the brick. We can even match the mortar if required to ensure that your overall brickwork matches and not just the brick itself.
Learn more about the Extension Match Brick Matching process here.