Custom Bricks Hardscape Designs
What is Brick Hardscape Work?
?Brick hardscape design covers a wide range of landscape and exterior design styles. … Some examples of use and options are:
- Brick Sidewalks & Walkways
- Brick Patio Options
- Custom Brick Steps in your Front / Backyard
See below a more detailed summation of Brick Landscape Design:
A brick is a block of ceramic material used in masonry construction, usually laid using various kinds of mortar. Mud bricks. The soft mud method is the most common, as it is the most economical. It starts with the raw clay, preferably in a mix with 25-30% sand to reduce shrinkage. The clay is first ground and mixed with water to the desired consistency. The clay is then pressed into steel moulds with a hydraulic press. The shaped clay is then fired (“burned”) at 900-1000 °C to achieve strength.
In modern brickworks, this is usually done in a continuously fired tunnel kiln, in which the bricks move slowly through the kiln on conveyors, rails, or kiln cars to achieve consistency for all bricks. The bricks often have added lime, ash, and organic matter to speed the burning. In India, brick making is typically a manual process. The most common type of brick kiln in use there are Bull’s Trench Kiln (BTK), based on a design developed by British engineer W. Bull in the late 19th century.
The raw materials for calcium silicate bricks include lime mixed with quartz, crushed flint or crushed siliceous rock together with mineral colourants. The materials are mixed and left until the lime is completely hydrated, the mixture is then pressed into moulds and cured in an autoclave for two or three hours to speed the chemical hardening. The finished bricks are very accurate and uniform, although the sharp arrises need careful handling to avoid damage to brick (and brick-layer). The bricks can be made in a variety of colours, white is common but pastel shades can be achieved.
Calcium silicate bricks are also manufactured in Canada and the United States, and meet the criteria set forth in ASTM C73 – 10 Standard Specification for Calcium Silicate Brick (Sand-Lime Brick). It has lower embodied energy than cement based man-made stone and clay bricks. See reference below.
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