Durability of 'Class A' Bricks
In landscaping applications and below DPC, bricks are severely exposed to the elements and their technical qualities are properly tried and tested. All Ketley's clay products are made from the same Etruria Marl clay and are all Class A certified. They are the very toughest bricks with very low water absorption.
For 'Class A' certification, bricks must have water absorption ≤4.5% and compressive strength ≥ 125N/mm2
Ideal characteristics for projecting and textured brickwork
Ketley Staffordshire red bricks were selected for the award winning Victoria Gate Arcade in Leeds whose intricate facade, shown in the image above is, is made from a complex pattern of projecting brickwork . 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 Victoria Gate case study for more info
Severely exposed brickwork below DPC