A brick is a unit of sand, lime, clay-bearing soil or concrete material that is used in construction of a home. Bricks are produced in various sizes, colors, types and materials and can be produced in bulk quantities. Two of the most basic categories of brick are fired and non-fired brick, with fired brick being one of the most durable and strongest building materials available.
For the most efficient use, bricks must be small enough as well as light enough for a bricklayer to pick up with one hand. These bricks are usually laid flat and bonded, so that the brick wall will provide strength and stability for a home or building. Blocks are also used for block paving and pavement. While brick pavement doesn’t withstand heavy traffic, it is commonly used in pedestrian districts.
Any loss of integrity of a brick structure can lead to loss of heat or cooling throughout the year as well as other leaks or damage to the home. If the brick is not secure, the home as a whole is at risk. A home inspector can properly examine the structure of a home alerting homeowners of any repairs that should be done to fully protect their home and its structure.