Creating Clay-Based Brick

There are a lot of different ways to make your driveway look great. It is possible to pave it or you can cover it in gravel or you can make use of cobblestones. You can even simply use concrete or leave it grass or even dirt if you actually want to. It all depends on what you like and just what your financial allowance it. One thing that’s frequently used is paving pricks. These are often made from clay of some type.

Producing clay bricks is really a rather technical procedure that needs to be carried out properly. If any of the steps are missed then the bricks don’t set properly and also the paving won’t be as durable as it should because the bricks will disintegrate. If the bricks are baked for too long then the colour won’t be uniform and the bricks will probably be too dry and will crumble. For more information on driveway paving go to

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The first thing that has to happen before any paving with clay bricks can be done is the clay for your bricks must be mixed. The actual proportions of the various elements has to be correct for the brick to stand the test of time. If an excessive amount of sand is added the brick will be crumbly and if too much water is actually added the brick won’t set correctly.

The mix is then poured in to moulds that are the shape the manufacturer wants the bricks to be. There are some different shapes which can be used so the manufacturer has to know more or less what kind of demand there is for the various choices and ensure that the appropriate bricks are made. Not having enough bricks of a certain shape could result in a loss of business whilst having way too many may cause an increase in storage expenses that may be hard to carry.

Once the mixture has been poured it has to set. This is completed by means of massive baking ovens where the bricks are placed on a conveyor belt and are passed through the actual ovens. By the time the brick comes out the other end it’s baked as well as solid. If the oven isn’t hot enough the brick will not set all the way through and may have weak points. If the oven is too hot the actual paving bricks might crack within the heat due to the expansion that heat causes in all things.

As you can tell, there is a lot that has to be completed to make the paving bricks on your paved driveway that you might take for granted. It is important to ensure that each portion of the process is carried out carefully and fully so the bricks are a high quality and will stand the test of time. Any deviation can cause a whole batch of bricks to be lost and costs a lot of money. These kinds of errors are avoided where ever possible. Next time you look at your paved driveway remember just how much effort went into making those bricks and be glad they were made correctly.

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