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Class A BricksKetley Staffordshire Blue Perf Brick 001

In tests Ketley Bricks performance exceeds Class A for Staffordshire Blue, Brown Brindle and Staffordshire Red 65mm and 73mm bricks. 

The performance standards defined in classifying properties of traditional UK Engineering and DPC bricks in relation to EN 771-1 are as follows:

Class A Bricks water absorption ≤4.5% compressive strength ≥ 125N/mm2
  CERAM tests on Ketley bricks have shown the following  
All Ketley Bricks

  water absorption ≤4.5%

compressive strength ≥ 125N/mm2

Click here to see Physical Test Reports on Water Absorption and Compressive Strength

These outstanding performance characteristics make Ketley Bricks particularly suitable for severely exposed brickwork, textured facades and projecting brickwork where more than one face of brick is exposed to the weather.

Ketley is the only brick manufacturer to have had their bricks independently tested for freeze thaw performance within a textured facade, with bricks within the test panel projecting up to 50mm.  The test was based on prEN772-22 and  no damage was found  on any of the bricks tested. Click here to see the test report >>

Ketley Staffordshire Red bricks were selected for the award winning Victoria Gate Arcade in Leeds and it is an excellent example of innovative building with brick.  Friedrich Ludewig director of award winning Acme architects who selected the brick explains "It has taken us a while to find a brick that looks good and can deal with exposure on all surfaces. We know of several complex brick facades that had insurance claims and needed major work, as water ingress led to spalling and detachment. Ketley Bricks made a custom extrusion with high crushing strength and very low water absorption for frost resistance. The Engineering Brick range is strong enough to be used as a paver and can be varied in colour."   See case study >>

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"Ketley Bricks have a natural beauty and surface quality which makes their colour appear to change in different weather conditions," Stefan Mannewitz, Project Architect at Karakusevic Carson Architects