Smooth Finish, Vibrant Colours
Kingston facing brick is ideal for buildings and walling designed with a smooth, sophisticated finish in mind. Tobermore offer an inspiring range of seven solid and blended colours for complementary or contrasting architectural designs. Due to the manufacturing process and the impeccably smooth surface of this facing brick, the Kingston colours produced are beautifully rich and vibrant. Kingston can be easily incorporated with a variety of Tobermore paving products to create an area with unique charm.
Tobermore’s experience in product innovation, manufacture and service ensures that when choosing facing brick, you can be assured of quality, reliability and choice. Kingston is readily available to order now.
Tobermore are a World Class manufacturer and therefore our products provide a number of significant advantages.
Tobermore products are manufactured in accordance to an accredited ISO9001:2008 quality system. The facing brick products are manufactured to BS EN 771-3:2011
Environmental Standards & Credentials
Manufacturing facilities are accredited to ISO14001:2004 Environmental Management. The company publish Environmental labels and declarations in accordance to ISO14021:2001. Facing brick have a Carbon Footprint of 22kgCo2/m2. All facing bricks are manufactured with 100% renewable energy and 100% water used from rainwater harvesting systems.
Availability & Delivery
Tobermore have one of the largest factories in the UK and Ireland which spans over a 50 acre site. Product is available from stock or made to order within a very short time frame (2-3 weeks). Over 98% of GB deliveries arrive on the day of request which provides customers confidence in supplying material on time.
Tobermore only use the best Iron Oxide pigments available on the market to produce the distinctive colour range available within facing brick. These pigments are manufactured to BS EN 12878. The colour is throughout the product. Tobermore can demonstrate the excellent colour retention properties through completed projects.
All Tobermore facing bricks are categorised as frost resistant (F2) as proven by independent laboratory tests.
Tobermore facing brick are manufactured with three perforated voids in each brick. This provides significant benefits to the brick layer as the product will bond to the mortar on both sides. This will help to reduce the issue of floating.
Tobermore facing bricks exceed a minimum crushing strength in excess of 22N/ mm2 and comfortably exceed the performance requirements of the standard. Tobermore facing brick will gain strength with age.
Tobermore use market leading vapour curing technology in the manufacture of all facing bricks. Facing bricks are vapour cured for a minimum 12 hour period which significantly reduces the possibility of efflorescence.
Tobermore produce facing bricks in colours which fully complement and blend with the wide range of block paving and paving flag products also on offer.
Tobermore manufacture products on the best manufacturing machines and moulds available on the market. This ensures tolerances are accurate and consistent.
Tobermore own and produce the sand and aggregate which is used to manufacture the product. This ensures we are in complete control of the main raw materials and guarantees consistency of quality.
Tobermore facing brick packs are palletised, shrink wrapped, and weigh approximately 1.2 tonne. Blended coloured bricks are contained within each pack. It is desirable to mix from three or four different pallets.
Tobermore have an extensive range of specials available.
Movement Joints and Mortar Guidance
NHBC recommends that walls constructed of concrete facing bricks should have vertical movement joints included every 6m to allow for drying /shrinkage. These should be planned in prior to commencing any construction so they can be concealed behind down pipes etc. and ensure the aesthetic of the building is maintained. Movement joints can possibly be placed at greater lengths but this decision must be taken by the architect/engineer on the scheme in accordance with BS EN 1996-1-1 and PD6697:2010.
It is important to ensure that the mortar specified for the construction is suitable for the contract, see table 15 of PD6697:2010 – class M4 is recommended for normal external facing brick walls.
We would recommend that you discuss this guidance with all parties involved in the design, construction and installation of this scheme. We also recommend that you refer to BS EN 1996-1-1 and PD6697:2010.
Specific professional advice should be obtained at all times before commencing building work.
Tobermore's quality facing brick range proves superb colour retention. Click here to view a Tobermore project revisited 10 years after installation.
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INSTRUCTIONS & WARNINGS (as referred to in Tobermore’s Conditions of Sale)
CORE TERMS (PAVING & WALLING)
All products should be carefully inspected for defects or damage upon delivery and prior to being laid or fitted.
Within Tobermore, design and development of products is a continuing process, and product information is subject to change without notice. Accordingly, please check with Tobermore to ensure that the product information you have represents the most up-to-date product information.
All products should be installed in accordance with the latest British Standard.
Tobermore produces paving and walling products with excellent density and durability, however, as with all concrete products, slight colour variations are inevitable. Although every effort is made to ensure consistency of product colour, variations can occur. In particular, single colours such as Golden, Buff, Natural and Red will have variations. Tobermore therefore recommends that products are thoroughly mixed on site by drawing from a minimum of four pallets.
We would always recommend that when purchasing products, especially in larger quantities, that they are all ordered and manufactured in one batch to reduce the chances of getting colour variation.
Please note that the colour of new products will inevitably vary compared to those which have been installed for a period of time as weathering does take place.
All colour illustrations in Tobermore’s brochures are as accurate as the printing process will allow. For a more accurate colour match please refer to actual product samples, which can be provided.
Efflorescence is a white crystalline deposit that occurs naturally on the surface of concrete materials. Tobermore use market leading technology to significantly suppress the occurrence of efflorescence, however, if it occurs, it may mask the colour of the product for a period of time, but tends to be washed away gradually by rain. Tobermore do not replace products with efflorescence. Packs of products which have had packaging removed should always be re-covered with appropriate packaging to prevent the occurrence of secondary efflorescence.
Minor scuffs or bruises may occur during installation (for example, during any plate vibrating process). In Tobermore’s experience, these marks usually weather off through time.
To avoid waste, please ensure that your contractor accurately measures the area on site before ordering products. In Tobermore’s experience, dimensions taken from a project plan can vary significantly from the final layout.
Manufacturing & Quality Systems
Tobermore is a BS EN ISO 9001:2000 and BS EN ISO 14001 registered company. Tobermore uses an integrated management system to manage all health & safety and environmental issues.
Routine cleaning and maintenance is required to keep the overall appearance of products in pristine condition.
Laying multi-blend coloured paving blocks, flags and walling products
To achieve an even blend of colour when laying multi-blend paving blocks, flags and walling products, it is desirable to mix from three or four different pallets.
Queries & Complaints
Please contact one of Tobermore’s Paving & Walling Centres or offices (contact details at www.tobermore.co.uk) with any queries or complaints. Any complaints must be notified to Tobermore without delay.
FOR FACING BRICK PRODUCTS
Installation – Facing Bricks
Please refer to Tobermore’s detailed Guide to the use of Tobermore Concrete Bricks
Good Practice during Construction
- If mortar dry’s on the surface of the bricks it will stain the product and may not be removed.
- Mortar extruding from joints should be removed when the mortar is wet and during the process of laying.
- Any mortar smears on the brick surface should be removed by dry or wet brushing.
- Scaffolding should be installed as per regulatory instructions. Please note that mortar can drop and hit the scaffolding and then also go onto the wall. You should inspect the work area at all times to ensure the brick surface remains mortar free.
- When it rains be careful that any wet mortar on the scaffolding does not get ‘splashed’ onto the wall.
- When work stops or is interrupted by inclement weather conditions, brickwork should be protected immediately with polythene sheeting that is held in place with a suitable fixing. If new brickwork is not protected efflorescence, patchy mortar colour, patchy brickwork and staining can occur.
- Bricks should always be covered with polythene sheets to avoid getting damp or dirty when not being used.
General Cleaning Advice
- It is always important to keep bricks as clean as possible while laying and tooling. See Good Practice above.
- If mortar has been allowed to dry on the surface of the bricks the options you have to clean it off are as follows; Each process should be tested first and should ensure the facing bricks are not damaged - a. Dry brushing b. Wet brushing c. Using a ‘like coloured’ brick to rub the stained brick d. Pressure washing - should only be used as a last resort as it will damage the surface and the mortar joint if not completed correctly (this method cannot be attempted until the area has been allowed to set for a minimum of 7 days).
- Acid cleaning should be avoided.