- Building with bricks
Firstly, what is Brickforce?
Brickforce is a British brand consisting of two main parallel wires joined by in-line welded cross wires. Main wires are manufactured to a flattened profile to simplify location into the mortar joint without steel build-up problems at lap positions corners/junctions or when used in conjunction with wall ties.
There are various other materials that can be used for brick reinforcement, e.g. Mild steel reinforcing rods and expanded metal. These products and others suitable as brick reinforcement are obtainable in rolls of varying lengths and widths, from your local hardware shop or builder supplies merchants.
Why use masonry reinforcement?
Masonry has excellent compessive qualities and the majority of buildings constructed using this material last for many years with little maintenance. However, masonry has no significant tensile strength and movement caused by substrata changes, moisture or thermal effects can cause cracking.
The use of masonry reinforcement is a very simple and cost-effective way of greatly enhancing the strength and durability of masonry construction by providing both structural and crack control benefits.
It ties the wall together thus providing stability. Over unsupported openings like windows ,doors etc., Brickforce strengthens the wall. If you are building on unstable ground (i.e. there is movement in the ground) it is always good practice to use brick force thus ensuring a very stable wall.
Various types of alternative masonry reinforcement products are also available including mesh and wire.