Building-bricks and sand go hand-in-hand. The production of bricks involves building-sand in at least one of its steps. A well-made brick can be the foundation for great things. And this is possible thanks to building-sand.
Clay stock bricks
Clay bricks are made by following a five step process that ensures strength, durability and a specific shape. During the making of clay bricks, the ratio of soil/clay to sand is important.
Step 1: The first step involves calculating the proportion of sand to clay that is needed in order to make a strong brick.
Step 2: A wooden mould is set. This can be used to form multiple bricks at a time.
Step 3: The clay is gathered, ratios are tested again and, if required, more sand is added. Without the addition of sand, the brick would be virtually impossible to remove from the mould. The clay to sand ratio needs to be just right so that the mix can be poured into the mould and it needs to contain enough sand for it to become solid and movable.
Step 4: Once the perfect ratio is found the moulds are filled and left to set for over an hour – until they are hard enough to be removed from the mould.
Clay brick drying methods
Step 5: When sun-dried, the raw bricks become adobe bricks; the edges turn white and its final moisture content will be between ten and fifteen per cent. These bricks take at least three weeks of direct sunlight to dry.
Step 5: Fire-dried clay bricks are cured in a kiln. The raw bricks need to be baked at 983°C for at least a week.
The process of making these bricks is meticulous (with a small carbon footprint) and only the finest quality building bricks are produced. Our bricks are made to be fire-resistant and tough while still being reasonably priced. Build with quality bricks made from quality sand. Reset your imagination from the ground up because there is no limit to what you can build. It all starts with sand.