A highly skilled craft, bricklaying involves laying bricks in columns and rows in order to build a structure. But although that’s essentially the foundations of the trade, there’s more to bricklaying than simply laying down a few bricks.
Bricklayers build and repair walls, work on house extensions, repair chimneys and refurbish brickwork. The work of a builder is physically demanding, requires a good head for heights and often involves travelling from job to job, site to site.
A bricklayer needs to be able to estimate the quantity of building materials that will be needed to undertake the project. Being knowledgeable in and understanding different types of mortars and how to mix them for different applications is also an essential requirement for bricklaying.
No formal qualifications are required to practise the craft, however bricklayers often start out as general on-site labourers in order to get some level of experience before undertaking training, usually in the form of an apprenticeship scheme with a building firm.
Wherever you look you’ll see bricks. They come in different colours, different shapes and sizes and different textures; some of which include:
The type of brick used by bricklayers will depend on a variety of factors, including budget, the type of finish required and whether the brickwork is required to match an existing building. Some of the major suppliers in the UK include Baggeridge, Hanson, Ibstock, Terca and Formpave.
We’ve got numerous bricklayers registered capable of building or repairing the interior or exterior walls of your property. No matter what type of masonry, be it brick, terra cotta, tiles etc, there is a choice of traders registered with the Association of Brickwork Contractors waiting to quote you.
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