CULTURED STONE FAQs
The sharp edge formed by any two surfaces meeting at an angle.
Brickwork, normally of a contrasting colour or texture, one or more courses high.
The specific production run of bricks or pavers.
Building Code of Australia.
The edges of the face of some bricks are bevelled or sloped, providing a softer decorative effect.
A mixture of two or more brick types.
Also called 'brickies sand'. Common term for sand used for making mortar. Colour can vary by region and therefore impact the mortar colour achieved.
Construction where a timber or metal frame is covered with a lining material for internal walls and a single leaf or layer of brickwork forms the exposed exterior of the building.
An aesthetic treatment during firing to create light to dark blushes. Also known as 'flashing'.
Bricks that are to be covered up, or used where they are not seen.
Very fine non-structural cracks on the face of the brick.
A course, or layer, of impervious material in a wall or floor to prevent the migration of moisture. Also called 'damp-proof course' or DPC. The Building Code of Australia requires the DPC to visibly extend beyond the mortar.
Dry Pressed bricks
Solid bricks that are made by pressing clay into individual moulds.
A white or sometimes coloured powder, often furry in appearance, that can form on the surface of brickwork. This is caused by salt deposits in the mortar and can easily be brushed off. It disappears over time.
The long surface of a brick to be exposed in a wall.
A method used during firing to create light to dark blushes or areas of deepened colour.
Footings or foundations
The base of a building, usually concrete, designed to transfer loads to the ground.
A glass substance melted onto bricks to create glossy spots.
Full or double brick
Construction where most of the external and internal walls are made of brick. The external walls are usually composed of two layers of brick, with a 50mm cavity between them.
A red, or sometimes orange, aesthetic burn on the brick face.
How the layer of mortar between two bricks is finished.
Containing only one colour.
A mixture of lime, cement, sand and water.
A builder who controls the building process of their own home, managing the project and coordinating subcontractors.
A package or bundle of bricks or pavers prepared for delivery.
A brick face texture where the face of a brick is chipped off.
A texturing process where a coloured solution is applied and kiln fired into the body of the brick to create a permanent, ceramic finish.
Tumbled or rumbled
A term used to describe the distortion of brick edges.
A form of efflorescence derived from yellow or green salt deposits that is particularly visible on light-coloured bricks.
Weighted Sound Reduction Index (Rw)
A measure of the reduction in sound level passing through a wall.
Also called extruded bricks, these are bricks with holes made by forcing a column of clay through a die, and then cutting with a wire.