Why Architects Still Love Brick

By Joe Reese, Architectural & Residential Sales, Suburban Maryland, Potomac Valley Brick

Brick has stood the test of time as one of the world’s oldest building materials. It’s been used to construct countless buildings for thousands of years, even predating recorded history itself. And today, brick is still widely used both commercially and residentially. Despite numerous advances in construction and material production, brick’s popularity can’t be denied.

When it comes to building materials, the brick itself is quite simple – a block of clay hardened after exposure to intense heat. For centuries, bricks were made by hand. But once the Industrial Revolution began, brickmaking machinery was introduced, greatly increasing the number of bricks that could be produced. A modern building can use thousands of individual bricks. While brick production decreased in the 1960’s due to the introduction of other materials, such a metal and concrete, it remains a popular material among architects for designing today’s modern buildings.

Throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, clay deposits are abundant. And while the cost of lumber and other materials has skyrocketed, brick has remained relatively stable. It’s not only easily sourced locally, but it’s also low maintenance and weatherproof, which are critical components of a structure’s sustainability. Once a brick is laid, it likely never needs to be touched again, whether for maintenance or aesthetics. Brick has no need to be painted and can also be reused and recycled if needed. Brick’s natural insulation also helps reduce heating and cooling costs and it is likely the best material for fire protection.

Even though it’s an age-old material, manufacturers and architects have found ways to innovate brick. Today, brick is so much more than the traditional red block that usually comes to mind. It’s available in hundreds of different colors, shapes and textures, allowing more flexibility and aesthetic options to give architects endless possibilities for creating modern designs. In addition, different types of bricks can be used in a variety of ways. Thin bricks can add decorative surfaces to otherwise plain walls, brick pavers can add visual interest to sidewalks, patios, and other outdoors spaces. Brick can also easily be cut to accommodate structurally complex shapes, such as columns and arches, to create amazing design versatility.

Brick offers endless options for modern design and creates a grandeur that no other building material can match. Today’s architects can use brick to create truly impressive permanence, style, stability and design authenticity. Contact us today to discuss your project.

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