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tripower 05-04-2007 11:13 AM

Brick color
 
I am building a garage and while the garage itself is vinyl the foundation of course is brick/block. The brick/block guy has done a great job but the brick is a little darker and a little redder than the brick on my 45 year old house which is a little oranger.

Should my OR could my contractor have found a brick a little closer in color? Will this brick fade to match or can it be forced to fade to match? Should I even bother to bring it up with the contractor?

concretemasonry 05-04-2007 12:49 PM

It will not fade, but it will get dirty.

You allowed his to select the brick, so you cannot say too much now.

tripower 05-04-2007 01:21 PM

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Originally Posted by concretemasonry (Post 43555)
It will not fade, but it will get dirty.

You allowed his to select the brick, so you cannot say too much now.

Well yeah, I let him pick the brick I figured he would have the common sense to pick a brick that matches the house. If a guy has been doing this type of work for umpteen years you assume these things.

concretemasonry 05-04-2007 01:45 PM

Brick color
 
Sometimes there is no match due to the changes in the manufacturing process and the depletion of clay sources. The chemistry of the clay has a lot to do with the end color of the brick. The brick is not always the color of the unfired clay.

With such a small amount of brick, you are limited to what is currently in stock also.

Tscarborough 05-04-2007 03:30 PM

People don't see color the same way either. You should always have your contractor submit a sample for your approval, for anything with a choice of color/texture/style.

Tscarborough 05-04-2007 03:34 PM

CM, brick assumes it's final color as it exits the final stage of the kiln and is exposed to oxygen (and sometimes other gases), and, like you say, the final color has little to do with the color of the clay used (for kiln fired brick).

tripower 05-04-2007 03:40 PM

I'm already looking at brick tinting processes anyone familiar with these. No offense, but I kind of need solutions here not woulda, shoulda, coulda. The "Submitting a sample for my approval" days are long gone. As the man said it is now set in stone.

Tscarborough 05-04-2007 03:49 PM

"Should my OR could my contractor have found a brick a little closer in color? " Not likely for a 45 year old brick.

"Will this brick fade to match or can it be forced to fade to match?" No.

"Should I even bother to bring it up with the contractor?" No.

Staining the brick is permanant and effective, but pricey.

Brickie 05-04-2007 10:29 PM

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Originally Posted by tripower (Post 43567)
Well yeah, I let him pick the brick I figured he would have the common sense to pick a brick that matches the house. If a guy has been doing this type of work for umpteen years you assume these things.

Tripower,

You should never assume things when dealing with anyone.

Unless some brickyard in your area has the exact same brick that matches your house sitting in their yard for the last 45+ years, finding an exact match is virtually impossible. As Tscar pointed out Staining is your option.

tripower 05-05-2007 07:54 AM

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Originally Posted by Brickie (Post 43686)
Tripower,

You should never assume things when dealing with anyone.

Unless some brickyard in your area has the exact same brick that matches your house sitting in their yard for the last 45+ years, finding an exact match is virtually impossible. As Tscar pointed out Staining is your option.

Thanx, well actually I'm the one that brought up staining and you are correct that it the only option. It doesn't look horrible but I notice it.
And once again it would be nice if the contractor would bring this to my attention...beforehand.


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