In addition to being an extremely versatile design and construction material, natural clay brick provides many functional benefits when designed into homes and community buildings. Benefits range from being fireproof, insect-proof, low-maintenance, a natural insulator and recyclable. Today, brick remains a popular and smart design choice for architects, interior designers, construction professionals and homeowners.
Here are five reasons why:
- Natural Sustainability
Brick is one of the world’s oldest “green” products. Brick is made of clay, shale, and water, some of the most abundant natural resources. Brick also contributes to sustainable design through its long life span, energy efficiency, durability, recycled content, local availability, acoustic insulation, low construction waste, and potential for recycling and reuse.
- Energy Conservation
As a natural insulator, brick is slow to absorb or lose heat. You’ll be warm in the winter and cool in the summer, all while saving money on fuel bills.
- Sound insulation
Keep a quieter home when you keep the outside noises outside. Houses make with brick as the siding material are quieter than houses made with other siding materials.
- Fire Resistance
Made from clay fired at nearly 2,000°F, brick is the most fire resistant siding material available. Because of this, many insurance companies offer reduced rates for brick homes.
Brick is multi-dimensional, allowing you to achieve virtually any architectural or interior design through a variety of shapes, textures, colors and application patterns. Whether building a new home or remodeling your current one, there are many applications for adding the beauty of brick. Indoor applications include; fireplace areas, designer accent walls, columns, kitchen and bathroom walls. Exterior applications include home construction, entryways, wainscotting, and landscape features.
The Mutual Materials story begins in 1900, when our company was founded as Builders Brick. Following the Great Seattle Fire of 1890, our brick literally rebuilt Seattle and then we kept going. Today, we are a fifth-generation award-winning family business and the largest producer of brick in the Pacific Northwest. Everything about Mutual Materials brick is local to the region, from our northwest clay sources to local manufacturing and delivery. We are proud to see our brick in community buildings, businesses, schools, and family homes.