As construction returns to growth and pressure builds for more new homes to ease the housing shortage and boost the economy, clay brick manufacturers are struggling to satisfy the growing demand from housebuilders.
Delays of three months or more are not uncommon and clay brick manufacturers are advising customers to be patient. Large producers are importing bricks from their factories in continental Europe due to lost production capacity from their UK plant closures. This situation is unlikely to ease in the foreseeable future.
In sharp contrast, Edenhall’s concrete facing bricks are finding a growing market with national housebuilders as they are readily available and provide kerb appeal at an affordable price. Edenhall is the UK’s leading independent brick manufacturer and offers national delivery without extended lead times to support site build programmes.
These days concrete brick production is marked by product innovation and strong aesthetics. Edenhall’s facing bricks combine an impressive palette of colours and finishes with all the technical superiority of concrete. Recently introduced sand-faced finishes offer an outstanding match to clay and are taking the market by storm. Alongside this, a brand new Sandstock range offers an attractive antique stock brick in a frogged format.
Edenhall supplies brick from 8 factories located around the UK, maintaining UK employment and industry while providing a carbon footprint that is significantly less than for clay imports. Furthermore, concrete brick has none of the high embodied energy associated with clay brick production.
All Edenhall bricks are CE marked to the European product standard EN 15804 – 3. The company’s concrete facing brick offers a remarkably fair match to clay when viewed as completed brickwork. Colour matching is precise, with tight control between batches and the bricks remain colourfast for their lifetime.
Given these developments and the emergence of a strong and exciting array of aesthetic possibilities in concrete facing brick, it’s easy to understand why more specifiers and buyers want to experience the benefits of switching to the concrete alternative. After all, the widespread use of concrete products for masonry walling and architectural details, roof tiles and paving slabs have eroded the historical share of clay and natural stone. Now is the time for concrete brick.