This report evaluates the UK market for bricks, tiles and related articles made of clay or concrete. For clay bricks and tiles, the primary end-user of such products is typically the housebuilding industry, in addition to the construction of other non-housing buildings, for instance offices or commercial buildings. For concrete bricks and blocks, housebuilding again accounts for a major share of the market, although such products are commonly used throughout the entire construction industry.
Bricks are typically made of clay with the use of automated processing and firing equipment, although a somewhat small and niche market for handmade bricks endures. In addition, brick manufacturers tend to offer terracotta mouldings, pavers, glazed bricks and brickwork components. Below is a list of the major brick types:
These types of bricks contain holes or perforations. The size of these holes and the volume percentage of the bricks accounted for by perforations is determined by certain standards.
These types of bricks are manufactured with no genuine attempt to control colour or appearance and, as such, are most commonly used for internal brickwork.
Damp-Proof Course Bricks
Damp-proof course (DPC) bricks feature a low water absorption, which makes them useful for the base of walls in order to prevent the upward absorption of water. These bricks are used where an alternative material could potentially cause weakness within the structure.
Engineering bricks have a dense and strong semi-vitreous body with defined limits for water absorption and compressive strength. Such bricks are either Class A (stronger and less porous, and usually coloured blue) or Class B (which are typically coloured red).
These types of bricks are typically manufactured in batches which are uniform in colour and shape. Such bricks are designed to be utilised externally, with an emphasis on the aesthetic quality of the product.
Special bricks are manufactured in a considerable range of shapes and sizes, providing for changes in surface alignment, for instance non-right-angled corners, curving walls, plinths or the topping-off of a wall.
These bricks are based on the British Standard (BS) co-ordinating size of 225 millimetres (mm) x 112.5mm x 75mm, which is inclusive of 10mm mortar joints, giving the standard brick a dimension of 215mm x 102.5mm x 65mm.
Stock bricks were originally handmade using the soft mud process. They tend to have a high water absorption rate and relatively low compressive strength, but have good frost resistance.
Other Bricks and Blocks
In addition to clay bricks, there are a multitude of concrete building bricks and blocks, which are typically used for external purposes, for instance driveways, gardens and public spaces.
As defined in this report, tiles are produced using either clay or concrete slate, generally via a similar automated processing and firing method used in the manufacture of bricks. The primary types of tiles are:
Weatherproof cladding tiles are produced in a variety of designs and colours in order to provide aesthetical appeal to external walls. Many cladding tiles are made of clay in order to better harmonise with clay roofing tiles.
Clay Roof Tiles
Clay roof tiles are produced in a wide range of colours and styles for aesthetic purposes. Such tiles are commonly used in brick-built housing. They are also vital in the repair, maintenance and improvement (RM&I) sector, where any new tiles must match the tiles being replaced in type, size and thickness.
Concrete Roofing Tiles
These types of tiles are extremely durable, can be produced in a wide range of colours and textures, and are often manufactured to closely resemble clay tiles.
Pavers and Flagstones
Pavers and flagstones typically have decorative finishes for use in both internal and external applications. For use indoors, pavers and flagstones provide a hard, durable surface, while outdoor use typically includes pathways, patios and hardscaping.
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1. Introduction & Definition
2. REPORT COVERAGE
3. MARKET SECTORS
What’s KEY in the Market?
4. KEY DRIVERS
5. MARKET TRENDS
Construction Output Trends
Construction Material Price Indices
Bricks, Blocks & Tiles Trends
6. ECONOMIC TRENDS
7. MARKET POSITION
8. HOW ROBUST IS THE MARKET?
Market Size, Segmentation & Forecasts
9. MARKET SIZE & SEGMENTATION
The Total Market
Future Economic Trends
Forecast Total Market
11. MARKET GROWTH
13. OVERSEAS TRADE
14. MARKET LEADERS
Aggregate Industries UK Ltd
Cemex UK Operations Ltd
Hanson Packed Products Ltd
Ibstock Brick Ltd
Marley Eternit Ltd
Monier Redland Ltd
15. NUMBER OF COMPANIES
Regional Variation in the Marketplace
16. KEY TRADE ASSOCIATIONS
Number of Private Contractors in Great Britain
17. CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats
Upcoming Construction Projects
Housebuilding and Home Buying Support
Shortage of Skilled Bricklayers
- Aggregate Industries UK Ltd
- Cemex UK Operations Ltd
- Hanson Packed Products Ltd
- Ibstock Brick Ltd
- Marley Eternit Ltd
- Marshalls PLC
- Monier Redland Ltd
- Plasmor Ltd
- Wienerberger Ltd