Due to the large selection of colours, shapes and surfaces, all houses are unique. The individual combination of clinker and mortar colour gives each brick façade its own very special character. Even just using the most common colours – grey, beige, black and silver-grey – there are endless possibilities. The joints characterise up to 35 percent of the masonry and therefore have a significant influence on the overall impression. It is not only the choice of mortar colour that is important, but also its width and depth shape the appearance of the façade. With a black brick, a light-coloured joint ‘loosens up’ the masonry, while a dark one gives the façade a flat appearance.
At the beginning there is the vague idea of a façade, which becomes concrete with the choice of the stone and the colour of the mortar. The effect of a brick façade on the observer depends on the clinker colour, size and surface as well as the mortar colour. Another factor is the way in which the bricks are walled up or arranged, the so-called bond. The rectangular shape of the bricks can be put together in countless variations. Over the centuries, numerous bonds have been developed, varying by region and function.
The bonding overview shows the classic bonds. The design possibilities increase many times over when one considers elaborate ornamental masonry. Take advantage of the freedom offered by clinker, a unique building material. Try out different bonds and be surprised by the effects. Emphasise individual façade details or ‘loosen up’ larger areas – and think about jambs and pilasters with which you can create a fascinating interplay of light and shadow.
Individual façade design
Stable in value and permanently maintenance-free
High resale value
Driving rain protection
Insensitive to algae infestation