We're excited to launch three new face bricks - these are Vanilla Travertine, the first-ever so-called ‘white’ brick available in South Africa, and Vanilla and Honey face bricks with an artisanal finish that gives the appearance of a handmade texture. The new range is also the first engobed bricks to come out of the Kwastina factory.
The new face brick range is partly in response to local and global trends. We take cues from around the world and from our own market. At the end of the day, we perceive architects as brand owners. They have their own identity, they challenge our factory, they test the limits. This is exactly what we want as a manufacturer.
What we hope to achieve with the launch of this new range is to encourage architects and designers and excite the profession as to what is possible.
Ockert van Heerden
Corobrik Sales Director
The design potential of the white brick makes it ideal to be used in conjunction with a white mortar for a completely different look and feel. White brick is popular in residential developments in Europe and the US and is also often used in feature panels. Such a neutral colour is perfectly matched by our range of mono products from black to red and beige. As for the Vanilla and Honey face bricks, these are influenced by the European trend for a heritage look, supplemented by the unique artisanal finish.
*THE NEW ARTISANAL TEXTURE GIVES YOU THE APPEARANCE OF AN AGED BRICK WITH THE QUALITY OF A NEW ONE.
WHAT IS AN ENGOBED BRICK?
Engobes are colourants that comprise primarily clay minerals and oxides. By mixing them with water, we can create a liquid that we spray onto the unfired bricks as a thin layer. These engobes are then sintered firmly onto the surface, creating a ceramic bond between the engobe and the clay brick. Engobe spots can cover the surface of the brick fully or in part. And last but not least, they come in all of the colours of the rainbow.
WHY CHOOSE AN ENGOBED BRICK ABOVE A PAINTED BRICK?
The paint will eventually peel away partially or completely as a permanent bond is not created between the clay body and the paint resulting in an extra layer of unnecessary upkeep and maintenance. Painting over a brick is essentially a death sentence for brick because you're stripping it of its natural ability to breathe and release any moisture that becomes trapped.
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Interestingly, the colour options available with engobe is entirely up to the imagination of the architect. The new range allows Corobrik to start a discussion about innovation and trends and for architects to approach us with any bespoke or unique requirements. It is quite difficult to replicate all sorts of colours in the traditional clay brick manufacturing process, whereas engobe allows us to match the colour preference as close as possible to whatever our customers are looking for.