Brickwork in Newcastle and the North East
There’s a lot to think about when it comes to brickwork and construction. Bringing up many challenges and difficult decisions along the way. So, we have put together this guide to give you some guidance when making these decisions to help get the best outcome for you.
Domestic And Commercial Brickwork In Newcastle
A domestic building contractor oversees the construction of individual houses and multi-unit housing projects. Whereas a commercial building contractor oversees the construction and remodelling of shops, offices, hotels and other commercial projects.
When choosing a domestic and commercial contractor in Newcastle, look for a firm that communicates well with you. They should contact you via voice or email on a regular basis and let you know what needs to be done, what has been done and how long it might take. They should be proactive about potential opportunities and problems.
Choose a contractor whose invoices are clear and transparent. You need to know where your money is going. You want someone with experience. Ask for references and locations where you can look at their work.
Our Brickwork Services
Brickwork Direct Ltd has 15 years of experience supplying brickwork subcontract packages to main contractors for private housing and social housing. Brickwork Direct has built up a vast portfolio over the years including projects both small and large for some of the industry’s best-known house builders and developers. Our proactive approach to the industry means we can play a key role in the design and build ability right from the design stage of a project through to the construction on site.
Brickwork Direct have an impressive portfolio of commercial new builds completed on program for a range of clients, we have vast experience in projects in education, sports & leisure, retail, transport and health service as well as more diverse projects for government and local authorities. We have a proven track record of delivering successful and high-quality brickwork projects both large and small. All of our projects benefit from our extensive knowledge as well as our outstanding workmanship.
Wall tie replacement
Brickwork Direct provide a variety of wall tie replacement and repair solutions for private properties as well as our commercial clients. Our company has 15 years of experience successfully replacing wall ties throughout the North East. As specialists in brickwork, our wall tie replacement services include Cavity Wall Tie Replacements, Remedial Wall Ties, Identifying Wall Tie Failure and Wall Tie Corrosion. Brickwork Direct’s fully trained teams can review and diagnose any structural issues you may have, get in touch today.
Grinding and Pointing
At some stage in the life of your house, the mortar between your masonry will need grinding out and re pointing. When it comes to brickwork and stonework, the mortar can account for around 15% of the overall surface area, and therefore has a huge overall impact on the quality and the look of your property. If you have found some cracks in the external walls or damaged bricks of your buildings, private houses, offices, then our grinding and pointing services are the solution to it.
Providing scaffolding services to domestic customers is a very important part of our business. We provide scaffolding on people’s homes for painting, re-rendering, roof repairs, chimneystacks and bridging over conservatories to name but a few. We pride ourselves on being head and shoulders above our competitors when it comes to dealing with domestic customers and the very specific and often quite demanding issues that come with them. Customer’s home or a well-manicured garden must treat with the utmost respect. The scaffolding must be erected correctly, in a safe manner and in a manner, which does not compromise security or safety of the resident and children. We are very proud of the compliments we receive from domestic customers about how polite and professional our staff have been. This is due to a number of reasons but low staff turnover, high levels of supervision are key.
Bespoke brickwork can make your building unique and stand out from the others in your area. The different brickwork patterns available can give it a look that pops out to ongoing traffic and catch people’s attention.
Brick walls may be structural, such as load-bearing walls, or they may be primarily decorative, such as a brick-veneer wall. This can be decided in your bespoke design.
Structural walls require some type of structural bond, while decorative walls may use any bond pattern. Here are some of the most traditional and popular brick bonds used for walls to give you some ideas:
- Running bond: Bricks are staggered by 1/2 brick from the course above and below, in a classic one-over-two pattern. A simple, structural bond used for basic wall construction. All bricks are laid lengthwise, with the long sides, or “stretchers” facing out.
- Common bond: Running bond pattern with intermittent courses of “header bricks” (bricks laid with their ends facing out). Often used for double-thickness walls so that header bricks are flush on the ends with two stretchers laid side by side.
- English bond: Similar to common bond but alternating running bond (with all stretcher bricks) and all header bricks with each course.
- Flemish bond: Stretcher and header bricks alternating in each course.
- Stack bond: All stretcher bricks laid in a grid of identical courses. Joints are not staggered between courses. A non-structural bond used primarily for decorative interior walls.
Commercial businesses use different building exterior types than family homes. Rather than present a comfortable, homey look required in residential homes, commercial buildings need to be durable and look professional.
There are many types of exteriors for commercial buildings, varying based on durability and material as well as the look of the design.
Building a house is a complicated process that involves knowledge of architectural design, building codes, zoning regulations and basic construction elements. A residential building contractor oversees the construction of individual houses and multi-unit housing projects.
Mortar is the glue that bonds bricks together to form a strong and resilient structure. It starts as a soft applicable material, hardening initially to support the evolving brickwork structure, then more slowly over time to achieve full strength. As mortar is an essential part of brick-built structures, the importance of maintaining and repairing it to the highest standards cannot be overlooked.
Whilst the work involved in Repointing Brickwork may be within the capabilities of competent DIY, the scale of the challenge needs to be fully assessed before committing to the enterprise. In particular, if you are going to Repoint a typical property, single or double storey, you will certainly be ‘working at height’ and the work involved can NOT be undertaken safely from a ladder. Therefore, the need for a professional service is highly recommended.
A loose or broken brick in a wall or chimney not only looks bad, it can provide an opening for further damage. You will need to act quickly to prevent moisture from entering the wall or chimney. But how can you tell if your brickwork is damaged? Here are a few signs to look out for.
If your brickwork is damaged, it might not be just blighting your home’s appearance; it could also be letting more moisture penetrate your home or even compromising the wall’s structural integrity.
Failed or unsuitable pointing
The brickwork might have been pointed in a manner that has led to the wall inadvertently picking up damage. This could be the case if, for example, modern cement mortar – instead of traditional lime mortar – has been used for the pointing.
The more modern mortar could trap moisture and so prevent it escaping via the mortar joints. This, in turn, would force the moisture to emerge on the brick faces, where it could be frozen and then lead the brick surfaces to crumble.
Brickwork suppliers in Newcastle and the North East
Looking for a brickwork supplier in Newcastle and the North East area? Brickwork Direct became a limited company back in 2003 and over the years we have grown from strength to strength. Overall our company has 100+ years of bricklaying experience across all sectors, including Education, Health, Social Housing, Private Housing, Bespoke residential developments, Retail and Commercial. We provide an open and professional service to all clients no matter how big or small the project is. We pride ourselves in the quality of our work and continually strive to improve our performance. We aim to complete every project we undertake on time, every time. Brickwork Direct Limited undertakes projects on a Labour Only basis, Labour Only & Sundries Materials and Labour Only, Mortar & Sundries Materials.
Why use Brickwork Direct?
Brickwork Direct Limited provide a bespoke Brickwork, Bricklaying and Stone Construction service of the highest quality to Developers, Contractors and Individual homeowners in the North East of England. Quality masonry laid by skilled tradesmen is our core business. Our time-served, experienced, bricklayers provide a first class build and we take utmost pride in the finish – and our pledge to deliver on time, on budget, with zero defects. All aspects of masonry including stonework and repointing are incorporated in the skillsets of our workforce who are all CSCS trained. Repeat business and recommendations lie at the heart of our diverse customer base, we are cost effective, with testimonials from leading construction companies.