Masonry Magazine recently featured County Materials for our capabilities in the concrete manufacturing industry. You can read the article by visiting masonrymagazine.com.
Advanced technologies in the concrete manufacturing industry have changed what was thought possible with concrete brick. With more than 70 years of experience in manufacturing concrete products, County Materials has acquired extensive industry knowledge and manufacturing capabilities. Traditional brick has always been a popular choice among architects and masons for its ability to create arches, corbelling and columns that often result in a more attractive and inviting building. County Materials’ Heritage Collection™ Concrete Designer Brick offers the design capabilities and aesthetics of traditional brick with the additional benefits of concrete masonry construction. We’ve compiled six advantages that are leading many discriminating architects and masons to specify concrete brick more than ever.
Enhanced Colors and Textures
Masonry color and texture options have progressed significantly as advances in manufacturing technologies have improved. County Materials manufactures concrete brick and concrete masonry units with integral color pigments that enhance color retention, achieve natural color tones, and add stunning depth and richness. Pigments are integrated throughout the entire concrete brick unit, rather than just coating the surface. Additionally, County Materials has invested in manufacturing capabilities to produce multiple face textures, including smooth, rough estate, and split face, to meet design needs. Lastly, we utilize integral water repellant to help prevent moisture penetration inside the wall and minimize efflorescence.
County Materials is equipped to meet the demand of any project with little wait time. Our efficient mold system and mix design process give us the flexibility to manufacture different shapes, types, sizes, and colors of concrete brick by request. We have a professional sales staff ready to help you find the right product that meets project design and will work with you every step of the way to meet a tight deadline. County Materials also maintains our own extensive fleet that is ready to deliver product immediately after production right to the job site when you need it.
Concrete brick is cured in a form, which allows it to maintain a consistent, uniform size. Alternative products cannot guarantee the same consistency. Size consistency allows for efficient installation. Also, for projects that utilize the smooth texture of Heritage Collection Concrete Brick, there is reduced waste on the job site because either side can face out. If a brick somehow becomes chipped, it can easily be used by flipping it to the other side.
Our manufacturing process produces one of the strongest and most durable concrete bricks on the market. Crafted with a high strength mix design, Heritage Collection Designer Brick not only meet ASTM standards, they far exceed the industry standard. This means they withstand everyday wear and tear, minimizing maintenance and repairs over a project’s service life. Additionally, concrete brick is resistant to fire, rot, and weathering.
Concrete products inherently provide many environmental benefits including long life-cycle and energy efficiency. Heritage Concrete Brick may contribute toward a project achieving LEED® award levels under the guidelines established by the U.S. Green Building Council because units are manufactured with post-industrial, pre-consumer recycled content and locally-sourced materials.
Thin and Full Veneer Options
Our manufacturing capabilities allow us to offer Heritage Concrete Designer Brick in structural concrete load-bearing or full and thin veneer units. Thin veneers offer the same aesthetics as full depth masonry but can be installed in a variety of interior and exterior applications using various substrates including prefabricated metal panels, cementitious backer board and plywood, concrete, concrete unit masonry and gypsum sheathing. Thin veneers are becoming a popular choice for interior usage to recreate the look of older buildings. Especially as older brick structures are being converted into modern uses, such as multi-living spaces and commercial offices.
For more details on our many color and texture options, visit our Heritage Concrete Designer Brick web page.