Living in an older house or have a rare style of brick, you may have trouble finding an exact match if you so happen to need a few brick during an emergency repair or even a planned remodel. Here’s how to match your old bricks.
When researching masonry contractors for a project involving hard-to-find brick, it’s very important to only work with masons that have a track record of success with creating custom masonry stains and paints to make the repair match as close as possible.
Brick staining can be used when there are problems such as mis-matched brick, difficult to find brick, efflorescence, paint overspray, etc.
Brick matching terms to know:
Efflorescence on brick is often seen in areas where water is often in contact with the brick, as in sprinkler areas. It is a whiteish deposit of salts and minerals that often come from the brick itself and are drawn out by the moisture that is absorbed by the brick.
The brick cleaners on the market do not usually have a long-lasting effect, because the chemical reaction simply occurs again when the brick gets wet again. Staining along with applying a water repellent is the best solution.
There are a lot of various kinds of bricks in the world. Some types, or styles of bricks are no longer made. These are called antique bricks. The only options for repairs on antique bricks or “rare bricks”, is to clean and re-use the existing bricks, find a close match, or stain a similar brick to match.
Two ways to find rare bricks
There are really only two ways to get bricks that will blend in with your home and not stick out like… well, a bunch of mismatched bricks.
The first way is to quite literally, hunt down an identical brick in your area’s brick yards or worse junk yards. Then if you’re lucky enough to find a matching brick, you just hope that there is enough for your needs.
Not as fancy as it sounds and definitely way more low tech than you’d imagine. So what is ‘Brick Cloning’?
Brick Cloning defined is a brick matching service where an experienced masonry contractor finds a brick that’s as identical by size, shape, texture and color as possible (to the subject brick) and then uses masonry stains to make the bricks match the original brick as much as possible.
The masons who can do this well, are highly regarded and paid well for that matter because we’ve all probably seen poorly matched brick… and ouch.
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