Did You Know That We Stock Over 30 Types Of Bricks?

  • 19/05/2023

Our Builder’s Merchants offer a vast range of bricks, from classic clay bricks to more modern concrete options, the range includes bricks in all shapes and sizes and we can offer a great choice whatever your preference.

There are many types of bricks used in construction, but which type of bricks should you be using?


Engineering bricks, made from clay, are best for applications where high compressive strength, and durability to weather are required. These smooth bricks come in two classes, but the most commonly used is Class B, which have a compressive strength of 75N/mm2 and absorb less than 7% of water.


Facing bricks are designed to be visible as they are used in making the front of a building (facades), and therefore come in many different styles and colours. From classic red brick to modern, grey tones, we have a variety of bricks to suit any colour scheme. We also stock handmade facing bricks, which have more intricate, crafted designs.

Common Bricks

Often referred to as ‘concrete commons’,  these are ‘faceless’ bricks, (not designed to be seen) used for going underground or to be painted. 

As well as our extensive stock of bricks and other heavy build materials, we work directly with various brick manufacturers and suppliers, so if we do not keep what you are looking for there is a good chance we can get it!

We also offer a brick-matching service at both branches, so if you are unsure what you need, speak to one of our helpful team!


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We are really excited to share with you that not only have we been nominated for finalists in the Builders Merchant Awards - Hard Landscaping Display of the Year, but NMSB has also been shortlisted as finalists in the prestigious Hampshire Business Awards, for Contribution to the Community, and Business of the Year. As well as qualifying to be included in the Solent SME Growth 100, and subsequently being nominated for the Leadership Team of the Year Award.

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