Stone Versus Brick

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN STONE AND BRICK?

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Or, more to the point, did you even know that there was one?

HANDS UP, until a few months ago, I didn’t. It should be noted at this point that it’s me, May (Office Manager) writing this piece and not our Managing Direct, who, quite obviously, knows the difference.

I like to think I would have known that stone is a natural product, compared to brick, which is manmade. What I am willing to admit is, I did not know that;

  • Stone is less porous than brick
  • Stone is more heavily weighted
  • Stone has a higher crushing strength
  • stone is more durable that brick

Which is now making me wish I’d bought a lovely sandstone house instead of my wee brick bungalow, but hey, it has withstood both myself and my husband, and more to the point, our 3 “spirited” children, for the last 12 years, so I’m thinking it’s not going to fall down around my ears just yet. 

"Would I even think to call a stonemason regarding the repair?"

HOWEVER, if it was a natural stone built house I lived in, and if it did need repairing, would I even think to call a stonemason regarding the repair?

We get a lot of enquiries from customers about stonework that has fallen into disrepair after previously being “fixed” by unqualified tradespeople. 

Most of these enquiries are for stone that has been repaired with cement. I’ve posted about this before, and I cannot stress enough,

DO NOT REPAIR STONE WITH CEMENT.

It just doesn’t work, it damages your stone, the repair won’t last, and it can be dangerous!

If you are in any doubt, give us a phone. We usually ask for you to send us pictures of the area requiring repair before coming out to see you, mainly because, if it’s something a general builder can take care of (ie, your house/wall/garden statue is made of brick instead of stone) then we’ll tell you. 

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please get in touch.
Our stonemasons are always on hand to answer your queries. 

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