Brick Care & Maintenance | Triangle Brick

Consumer Knowledge

Brick has a Solid Reputation

 

We really enjoy reading the articles that come from BuilderOnline.com. Recently Sam Rashkin wrote an article, “Consumer Information is King” in which he discusses how homebuyers are becoming more informed about home design features. Soon they will expect comprehensive stats and details related to the home purchase Rashkin...

A Peek into the Future

What Architects Expect to See 10 Years from Now in Home Design

 

 

 

The American Institute of Architects surveys over 500 architects annually, and for their 10th annual survey, they asked this distinguished panel what they expect to be the major changes in design over the next ten years. 

If you’re hoping for futuristic designs like we may have seen on The Jetsons,...

Brick Walls and Plantings

Should I allow ivy or other plants to grow on my brick walls?

The short answer is “no.” Plants that grow on brick walls force root tendrils into mortar joints. Moisture can then penetrate deeply into the wall, and the freeze-thaw cycle, as well as the mechanical action of the roots, can cause serious damage to the mortar and even the bricks. This can dramatically shorten the life of a brick wall.

The issue becomes more complex when plants have grown on a brick wall for a long time. Without great care, removing old growth can cause...

Brick Finish

Will the finish come off of my brick?

Brick is made to last for generations; that’s why we love it so much. As with anything, you have to properly care for it to maintain its beauty, but you will not be required to do the extensive upkeep and maintenance that is often required with many other cladding choices. Always feel free to call our customer service team or your sales representative at 800-672-8547 should you have any questions or concerns.

Brick Cleaning

How should I clean my brick?

To clean excess mortar off the face of the brick on new construction, see our instructions on the back of each tag on every cube of our bricks.

Other products are available for removing mud, scum, algae, etc. Please consult your Triangle Brick representative or your masonry-supply dealer for further information.

CAUTION: Do not use muriatic acid. Do not use any type of liquid to clean light-colored sand-faced brick. Do not use high-pressure washers.

Efflorescence

I have a white powder on my brick. What is this, and what do I do about this?

This white powder is called efflorescence and is caused by water in the wall dissolving mineral salts in the brick or mortar. When this leaches to the surface, the water evaporates, leaving a whitish mineral-salt residue. Most efflorescence is water soluble, so it can usually be removed by washing with plain water when the weather and the wall are warm and dry. This helps keep the cleaning water from causing additional efflorescence.

The only long-term cure for this...