are the most common material used for external walls in most developments across the country. However, with the increase in popularity and availability of brick cladding, future builds now have an important decision to make on whether to complete a traditional brick finish or to use brick cladding panels.

Traditional brickwork is what we’re used to seeing, where bricks are laid in flat rows to form a pattern that is held together using mortar. The mortar is finished with a trowel to leave a neat and attractive appearance. Although brick cladding is fairly new to the UK, there are a few systems available that consist of lightweight panels made in a factory with brick slips and embedded to a backing. Some of the systems comprise brick slips set into insulation so as to improve the thermal performance of an exterior wall. The panels are then attached to the substrate at the site with joints pointed with mortar to finish the look.

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In comparing costs, it would first appear that traditional bricks and installation costs are lower than with brick cladding. However, by getting rid of the need for masonry supports on multi-storey properties, brick cladding offers a reduction in frame costs and foundation costs. Brick cladding is also great for recouping that initial outlay. It takes a much shorter time to install thanks to its simple design, meaning projects are completed faster. It also reduces those preliminary costs such as mast climbers, scaffolding, waste disposal, cranes and delivery requirements. For a company that supplies Brick Cladding, contact

The panels of brick cladding are made in a factory setting, so you can expect cladding to have a higher quality of craftsmanship than you get with traditional brickwork. The design and on-site installation also play a large part in delivering a top-class product.  There are a range of finishes and components for corners, window and door openings to satisfy even the toughest of architectural designs.

So, the choice between traditional bricks and cladding might be a tough one but cladding can offer a multitude of benefits, even though you might be wary. The choice of which one to use in a project will depend on elements such as cost, schedule and design complexity.

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Where cladding offers benefits that conventional bricks cannot is with the added protection that brick panel cladding can bring to the existing material of the structure. You can increase the thermal performance of exterior walls, protect the building from moisture like that which results from rain and snow and prevent cracking damage from the extremes of temperature.