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How we match bricks

Brick SamplesWe can easily match all common brick types. But the process is not always straightforward. Occasionally bricks on old homes, and sometimes on brand new ones, are unavailable in small quantities or even not available at all. In these cases, we have to look for the best possible match.

Here’s how we prioritize our search:

  1. Size: Masonry is so precise that bricks even 1/4″ off create huge problems. Usually joints will be too big or too small, and the improper bonds simply won’t work.
  2. Colour: Brick colour is more noticeable than texture. A brown brick in a red wall looks worse than a red flat brick in a red textured brick wall.
  3. Texture: Bricks have various textures (lines, bark, divots, sand finish, etc.) and matching bricks should have a similar exterior finish.

Click on the link below for some pictures of common brick types:

PICTURES OF COMMON BRICKS

We are able to get a close match in all three categories for almost all non-standard bricks. Most bricks seen in Ottawa are one of two sizes, called Ontario and Quebec. But there are other sizes as well:

  • Ontario – 8-3/8″ Used 1870s to present
  • Quebec – 8″ – Used 1870s to present
  • Modular – 7-5/8″ – Used only on house built 1960s or later
  • CSR – 9-3/16″ Used only on houses built 1980s or later
  • Max – 10″ Used only on houses built 1980s or later

All measurements indicate the horizontal face of the brick, the longest aspect.

Typically the older bricks are more commonly available because there are fewer varieties and they are used widely. But manufacturers are making new kinds of brick every year, so it’s getting harder to find suitable replacement bricks for buildings less than 30 years old.

Brick Tinting

In certain cases we can moderately change a brick colour to get a closer match. We usually only do this for bricks that are in a prominent location, or on bricks where the match is perfect except for colour.

 

The brick on the top has been tinted a darker red to match the existing bricks more closely.

 

 

The brick on the top of the bottom stack has been tinted yellow to match the wall better.