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 1300 911 855 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. The amount per square metre changes depending on the surface size. There are:

38 pavers per square metre for our standard/traditional sized pavers 230mm×115mm

57 pavers per square metre for our Stardust series pavers 230mm X 76mm

87 pavers per square metre for our Stardust 50mm pavers 230mm X 50mm

Q. What sizes are pavers made in?

A. Our Taditional pavers vary in thicknesses from 50mm, 62mm and 70mm. Standard paver length and width size is 230×115.

Stardust series Pavers are 230mm X 76mm X 50mm (Excl Rouge colour which is 230mm X 76mm X 62mm)

Q. Are clay pavers suitable for use in driveways?

A. 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.

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 paver 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 temperatures, 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 brick bricks 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?

A.

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

(older and period houses tend to use thinner bricks)

We also make a special 50mm slim profile for some bricks which is: 230mm X 110mm X 50mm

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 Bricks 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! 1000’s of pizza ovens are built around Australia using 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 pizza oven. On average a traditional 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 helpful 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. Where are fire bricks made in Australia?

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