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Glazed Brick

Brick has been proven for centuries and offers superior protection over other wall cladding material, making it the ideal choice for schools and other large, noteworthy buildings. Like traditional brick, glazed brick units have been an integral part of buildings for hundreds of years and have performed well under all climatic conditions. Glazed brick can be used on both interior and exterior settings, as accent brick or as the field brick covering an entire façade.

Glazed brick can present a bright, bold, colorful statement while maintaining the durability of a brick. Clear glazes can also be applied to traditional brick, delivering the same unique glazed advantages to standard brick colors.

A glaze is a vitrified coating bonded to the surface of an extruded brick. During a single-fire process, the brick unit and a ceramic glaze coating are fired at the same time, causing a fired bond between the glaze and the brick unit, making them far superior to double-fired products. Double-fired glazes have physical properties which are inferior to those of single-fired glazes due to a lower firing temperature during the second fire.

The resulting product displays a hardened surface that’s integrated into the surface of the brick and is the ideal means for adding a gorgeous finish and color to any educational setting.

Glazed brick offers the means to choose from an infinite array of colors — custom color options means schools and colleges can match paint and Pantone swatches that scream school spirit. Glazed brick is virtually maintenance free; the bricks will never discolor, peel or need to be painted. Attractive features of glazed products also include:

  • Impervious to liquids and gases
  • Long-lasting, consistent and non-fading colors
  • Graffiti- and abrasion-resistant

This article originally appeared in the October 2017 issue of College Planning & Management.

About the Author

Tim Leese is marketing services manager for Glen-Gery. He can be contacted at tim.leese@glengery.com.

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