Over the years, outdoor landscaping has become more intricate. Designs are often complicated, and it’s necessary to have the right materials to get the job done right. Although well-designed hardscapes make your yard look beautiful, knowing just where to go to obtain the needed brick masonry products can be difficult. Choosing the right materials for retaining walls, walkways, or a firepit takes some investigation.
At Batchelder & Collins, we work closely with our customers to help you decide what products would work best for your home projects. Homeowners all over Hampton Roads, including in Virginia Beach, Suffolk, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Newport News, and Williamsburg have trusted Batchelder & Collins for all of their brick supply needs for decades.
Supplying Bricks For Over 100 Years
As a locally owned and operated supplier of concrete blocks, pavers, face bricks, and other masonry supplies, Batchelder & Collins has been in business since 1868. As a proud member of the community, Batchelder & Collins has a showroom where you can look at concrete products, such as concrete pavers, brick pavers, and other brick supplies in stock. As a supply company serving the Norfolk area, employees are experts, with some working at Batchelder & Collins for close to 20 years. When you have a home improvement project, and you need top-notch design help, we are ready to offer you a consultation. As distributors of high-quality masonry products, we are ready to discuss what your options are when it comes to masonry materials and the projects you have planned for your property.
How Are Bricks Made?
Bricks are used in masonry construction, paving, or retaining walls. Bricks can be found in a variety of colors and sizes, depending on what materials are used. A brick is made from either concrete, or a combination of sand, lime, and clay-bearing soil. The material is tightly packed together and either dries naturally or is fire-hardened. The exact method of brick making varies by the type of brick being created.
What Are The Different Types of Bricks?
There are four types of bricks that Batchelder & Collins offers to homeowners in Hampton Roads and the surrounding areas. There are common clay bricks, common clay and concrete paving bricks, fire bricks, and thin bricks.
Common Clay Brick
These are bricks made from clay or shale, and only the face of the brick is visible once it is installed. They are used for retaining walls, building homes, commercial buildings and columns. You can find common clay brick in a range of colors, sizes, shapes and textures.
Common Clay and Concrete Paving Bricks
Common clay and concrete paving bricks are a solid brick product, and do not contain holes like traditional bricks. You can use common clay and concrete paving bricks for driveways, porches, patios and walkways on your property.
Fire Brick or “Refractory Brick”
Fire brick, or refractory brick, is a solid brick product that is manufactured to handle temperatures of up to 2000 degrees. They tend to be white or pale yellow, and they are used in fire pits, pizza ovens, fireplaces, or kilns. They are more dense than traditional bricks.
Thin brick, also known as brick veneer, is a brick that can be cut thin to create a brick without installing full size bricks . This works great for accent walls, backsplashes, or to even make an old fireplace look new.
What are Different Uses for Bricks?
Bricks are used in a wide range of applications both inside and outside your home. Hardscaping is the use of bricks, pavers, and other building materials to create interesting design elements for your yard. Patios, retaining walls, walkways, outdoor fireplaces, and firepits are all considered hardscaping in your backyard design.
You can use bricks in your Norfolk, Virginia hardscape project to build:
- Patios – To create sturdiness to hold furniture, and that can create intimate seating areas in your yard. Patios are a great addition to your yard when you have an open area and want to create a space where you can sit down and have a meal.
- Retaining walls – To create garden beds, or even close off an area of your yard to make it more usable. Retaining walls are perfect if you have a steep incline in your yard, and you want to have a garden or playing field.
- Outdoor fireplaces – To add ambiance to your backyard when you want to entertain or hang out with family. Outdoor fireplaces are an excellent way to add a fun design element to your backyard, and they will keep you warm during cool nights when you want to sit outside.
- Walkways – To add durability with intricately woven designs using a variety of brick options. The right pavers used in walkways will be placed together and likely do not need any mortar to stay in place.
- Outdoor kitchens – For cooking, entertaining, and making a usable space in your backyard. Outdoor kitchens that are designed correctly will add value to your home, and give you a beautiful kitchen for years to come.
Batchelder & Collins is a Highly Rated Brick Supplier in Norfolk and Williamsburg, VA
Batchelder & Collins Inc. has been in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area since 1868. We take our time with every customer with which we work. Whether you are an area homeowner or business owner, we can help you figure out what you need for your building or paving needs.
Customers of Batchelder & Collins have left a number of reviews for their Google Business Profile. Customer Ryan Riffle wrote: “ It was overall a very welcoming and knowledge-gaining experience for all involved parties. I would 100% recommend for anyone with stone and mortar needs.” Customer Andrew Stillman wrote: “These folks are a beacon of integrity, service, and tradition in the Norfolk / VA Beach area masonry trade. Highly recommend.”
We are a company committed to customer satisfaction. If there is an issue, our owner quickly offers solutions to remedy any problem you may face with your backyard space. Batchelder & Collins is known for having a large inventory of masonry supplies to choose from. You’ll get the help you need when choosing products for your next project. Visit us in store at one of our Williamsburg or Norfolk locations!
Enjoy Your Backyard All Fall Long
Now is the perfect time to take advantage of autumn’s mild days to prepare your backyard for the cold months ahead. But who’s to say you can’t still enjoy your backyard, spending time with your family, and cooking outdoors all fall long.
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