Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about Bricks, Pavers or Fire Bricks?

On this page you will find a list of some of the most frequently asked questions and queries with some helpful answers and advice. If you would prefer to chat to us over the phone you are always welcome to call us during office hours on 08 8391 1855 or visit our Contact Us page for more information

Here at Littlehampton Bricks and Pavers we stand behind our products and believe the more the customer knows about our range, the happier you will be with the result!

Pavers FAQ’s

Q. Are different pavers made from different materials?

A. Yes. Pavers range in base materials including: Clay, natural stone and even concrete. Here at Littlehampton Bricks all our pavers are made from the highest quality natural clay.

Q.  How many pavers are there per square metre?

A. There are 38 pavers per square metre for standard sized pavers 230×115, 29 for Bella Pave 6”x9” (150cm by 230)

Q. What sizes are pavers made in?

A. Our pavers vary in thicknesses from 50mm, 62mm and 70mm. Standard paver length and width size is 230×115. (With the exception of our Bella Pave style which is 6inches by 9inches.

Q. Are clay pavers suitable for use in driveways?

Yes, our entire paver range (including 50mm thickness) is suitable for use on domestic driveways for cars, bikes, boats and more. For commercial heavy vehicle use we suggest going slightly thicker and using the 70mm thick pavers.

Q. What patterns can pavers be laid in?

A. Clay pavers are very versatile and can be laid in a variety of simple and complex patterns to create great effects. Common patterns include ‘Stackbond’ for long flowing paths and ‘Herringbone’ which is commonly used for driveways as it is the strongest pattern to lay. Luckily we also have a gallery of the different patterns for you to view here

Q. Do pavers change colour or fade over time and use?

A. No, Natural clay pavers don’t fade or discolour over time. Because we make our bricks using clay and other natural ingredients they are guaranteed to never fade. Our pavers are the same rich vibrant colours throughout the entire brick. **Please keep in mind that this only applies to our pavers, other brands/materials of pavers may not have the same longevity (eg: concrete pavers)**

Q. Can I lay pavers myself or should I hire a professional?

A. Many DIY enthusiasts choose to lay pavers themselves instead of getting a professional pavior to do the work. The main things you need to consider are using the right materials, having the right tools and having access to plenty of information. Click here for a free paving guide We are happy to provide advice over the phone and also recommend quality certified professionals in your area .

Bricks FAQ’s

Q. What are Littlehampton Bricks made of?

A. Bricks are composed from a varying combination of; Natural Clay, Shale, Sand, Water. The colour of the brick depends on the clay mix used, firing temperatues, kiln setting and additives. You can also view our short film about how bricks are made here.

Q. How many bricks do I need to build a house?

A. On average you would need around 6000 to 8000 bricks to build a house, obviously depending on size and design.

Q. What colours of bricks are available?

A. Our clay bricks are made in a variety of colours from a very light fire brick, to a much darker almost chocolate coloured mahogany and many colours in between. more information and links to our brick range galleries!

Q. What is the difference between bricks and pavers?

A. Bricks are generally used for vertical structures whereas pavers are generally used to be laid flat. Eg: Bricks would be used for the house walls, Pavers would be used for the house driveway. Bricks will also commonly have holes in the center of them for improved ventilation, weight and stability of the structure.

Q. What sizes are Littlehampton Bricks made in?

  • 230x110x76 [length x width x thickness] (standard)
  • 230x110x70
  • 230x110x62mm

(older and period houses tend to use thinner bricks)

Q. What is the difference between 1st grade and 2nd grade bricks?

A. We hand sort all our bricks to maintain accurate grading of all final products made. 2nd grade bricks are purpose-suitable for many jobs and applications. A second grade brick may have: greater size variation, chipping, colour variance, warping, cracks.

Q. Do clay bricks disintegrate or break down over time?

A. No. Our natural Clay Pavers don’t disintegrate or fade over time. Many examples of our early bricks made over 100 years ago are still in constant use today!

FIRE BRICKS FAQ’s

Q. What is the difference between a fire brick and a ‘normal’ brick?

A. Fire bricks use a specific clay and combination of ingredients to withstand much higher temperatures.

Q. Are Littlehampton Bricks suitable for use in pizza ovens?

A. Absolutely! Littlehampton Bricks has been producing the highest quality fire bricks for use in pizza ovens for over 120 years! 100’s of pizza ovens are built around Adelaide -and even interstate- using our fire bricks! every year!

Q. How many fire bricks do I need to build a pizza oven?

A. The amount of bricks you need would obviously vary depending on the design and size of your piza oven. On average a tradtional wood fired brick pizza oven would use around 50 bricks for the floor and 180-200 bricks for the dome. Much more information can be found in our helful ‘How to build a pizza oven’ guide.

Q. Are there different types of fire bricks?

A. Yes there different types of fire bricks. We only manufacture fire bricks from the highest quality, non-toxic, natural clay.

Q. What are fire bricks commonly used for?

A. Wood fired pizza ovens, fireplaces, pottery kilns, forges, welding benches and just about anywhere with fire or a need to withstand high temperatures!

Q. Does Littlehampton Brick manufacture special shapes/angles of fire bricks?

A. Yes. We make shaped fire bricks ranging from a slight gradient to a steeper gradient which are perfect for use on archways, curves, domes and more! By using these special fire bricks in conjunction with normal fire bricks you can have a high quality finished product and often have to make less cuts and adjustments.

Q. Where are fire bricks made in Adelaide?

A. We make all our bricks and pavers, including the fire bricks right here at our factory located in Littlehampton in the Adelaide Hills. We have been manufacturing the highest quality natural clay fire bricks here since 1892 (over 120 years!). We are also the ONLY manufacturer of natural clay fire bricks in South Australia.