Frequently Asked Questions - Purchasing
The number of brick per square foot is determined by computing the face height with a mortar joint and length of a brick with a full mortar joint on one end - in inches. Divide this area into 144 (the number of square inches in a square foot). This is the number of brick per square foot. This value is shown on the web page for each size.
Only Interstate Brick company manufactures the Atlas™ structural brick. These are a brick that can be reinforced and grouted and range in size from 4x4x12 to 8x8x16 inches (width x height x length).
Larger units are installed more quickly, and have fewer mortar joints, than smaller brick. While larger units can create a distinctive language of their own (and provide a more unique scale to the wall elevation), Emperors, Super Emperors and Atlas units can also be slotted to duplicate the look or pattern of smaller brick. Schedules can be reduced, labor is saved, and moisture resistance is increased due to fewer mortar joints. Experience for yourself the creative possibilities of Interstate Brick. Download Masonry Designer.
The number of brick required is based on the actual size of the brick. The larger the brick the fewer number of brick required. Add up the total surface area of the wall. Subtract out windows and doors and throw in a value for waste. Most installers assume that an additional 5% should be added to cover waste. The web calculator will provide this information. The calculator can break up the wall area into rectangular sections. A maximum of 8 sections are allowed. If you have more sections that 8, try running the calculator multiple times as required and add the quantities by hand. Refer to wall calculator on the web.
A typical semi truck will haul approximately 12,500 modular brick. A 50 ft. box car will typically haul 43,000 modular brick. This equates to approximately 48,000 lbs. on a truck and 150,000 lbs. on a 50 ft. rail car. If you are not shipping modular brick, determine the weight of the individual brick and divide this into the allowed weight of the carrier. Add a variant factor of 5% and this is the approximate weight. Contact the company freight department for actual number of a specific brick on a rail or truck.
Atlas™ structural brick are the most economical brick used in any clay wall system. Atlas™ serves as form, finish, and functions in one material and is installed by a single trade in one sequence. When used as a single wythe (or modified single wythe) wall system, Atlas™ can often eliminate structural steel required to carry roof loads and can eliminate the need for painters, framers, and other finishes. By reinforcing the Atlas™ wall, the requirements of a complex backup system are also eliminated.
Yes, Interstate has a number of colors considered stock in a wide variety of sizes from Modular to Atlas Structural Brick. Stock colors vary from year to year based on what colors and sizes are selling in the largest quantities. Contact Interstate for stock colors. Only Interstate makes the Atlas brick
Total wall costs are comprised of both labor and material. While material costs for brick are nearly identical in any size, labor costs are a function of time. RS Means (a national estimating service) indicates that labor makes up about 70% of the total wall cost for a modular brick veneer. Because the larger Emperor™ brick can double the total square footage installed per mason each day, labor costs can be halved and total overall costs are reduced by approximately 25-30%. Additionally, equipment costs, interim financing costs, and numerous other advantages can be realized.