Why Clay Bricks are the Ideal Building Material in South Africa
Bricks, and clay bricks in particular, play an important role in South Africa’s architecture. You can find clay brick buildings in just about every town and city of the country. They are often seen in public structures, schools, churches, hospitals, and government buildings. In our country, bricks formed and moulded from our very own soil have gone a long way towards providing shelter to South African families.
Structural Integrity is a major benefit of opting for clay brick for your home or commercial building’s construction. Bricks made of clay have a high load-bearing capacity and are impressively strong. Clay bricks are virtually impervious to crumbling or cracking, and are very impact resistant. With such a long life cycle, and considering the reduced energy and resources used in the manufacturing process, buying and using clay bricks reduce your carbon footprint and help you do your bit for the environment. It is a great way to go green.
One of the biggest attributes of clay brick is that they are durable. The brick will not rot, fade, corrode, scuff, or erode. In fact, it will not even burn! Typical clay bricks have a lifespan of more than 100 years, and some have even done service for well over 500 years in the right conditions.
Structural integrity and strength aside, let us take a look at safety. No one wants their building to burn down and it is unfortunate that some building materials fall victim to fire damage. Clay bricks are incombustible, which means that they offer the highest possible fire rating of 240 minutes of fire resistance. If a fire breaks out, these bricks will not burn or spread the fire; they also do not conduct lighting or electricity, so they are unlikely to be the source of the fire. Their extraordinary heat resistance comes from the fact that they are formed and strengthened by being baked at between 1000 and 1200 °C.
What else can you expect from clay bricks in the South African construction industry?
- Resistance to water saturation. The bricks will not weaken in flooding environments. Some water will be absorbed and the brick will become damp, but will dry out just as quickly.
- These bricks are versatile and can be used for both interior and exterior construction.
- The bricks are manufactured according to strict SABS standards for your peace of mind.
Need more reasons why clay bricks are the best option for South African construction, or have you heard enough? Get in touch with us via email or telephone at Steinworks Building Supplies today.