If you need bricks, then Summit Brick Co. is a place you should consider visiting. They stock a variety of bricks:
- Face Brick: is a brick that is both pleasing to look at (as you “face” it) and a structural building brick as well. They come in a variety of colors, textures and sizes. Summit’s manufacturing facilities can create custom blends to match project specs.
- Thin Brick: a brick that has a reduced thickness and is used as an aesthetic surface that is applied over an existing structure (like a wood-framed house). They can also be thought of as a veneer. They are not a structural building block.
- Structural Brick: a brick that has voids or holes inside the brick (also known as a hollow brick) to reduce weight and the amount of material used to make a brick. They are less expensive than a solid brick and in many cases have the same structural strength as a solid brick. The openings inside the bricks are also a good insulator to keep the house/enclosure cool in the summer and warm in the winter. They also have acoustical qualities and help deaden sound between rooms or the outdoors.
- Paving Brick: a brick that is typically stronger and heavier than a Face or Structural brick and is designed to be laid flat on the ground.
The Tucson store stocks many of the brick products that they sell. If they don’t have what you see, they can get it in about a week. This is also true for products that they are a distributor for. Items include; stone veneers; glass blocks; ceramic glazed masonry; natural and manmade stones; structural wall systems; and specialty bricks & pavers. Your best bet is to visit the Summit Brick website and click on this link: summitbrick.com/otherproducts to view their distributor’s websites.
There are so many choices and options. One of the sales women gave me a catalog for just the brick products that Summit manufactures (all their bricks are made here in the USA at two manufacturing plants in Colorado). Between the samples on the showroom floor, the displays outside, and the variety in the catalog, I was almost overwhelmed. That said, if you’re looking for brick products I think you’ll probably find it at Summit Brick Co. You’ll also see a few displays of some of the distributor products they carry (stone veneers, glass blocks, and the like).
And don’t forget to ask for samples if you need them.