How are Interlocking Bricks made?
High quality interlocking bricks are made of cement, sand and Stone dust mixed together in appropriate proportions. The required materials are batched and mixed proportionately. Once the required mix is prepared, it is then compressed to form bricks with desirable interlocking patterns. The compression is achieved by using hydraulic compression system. The bricks are then subjected to curing for about 7 days.
Once the curing is done, the cement sets and bonds with sand adding to the stability of the brick. Whereas the soil compression adds strength and density to the brick. The interlocking bricks come in different designs, finishes and patterns.
Benefits of Inter-locking Bricks
During earthquakes, there are various stresses acting on the structure. Conventional bricks are not fully equipped to transfer the seismic loads throughout the structure since the only medium of load transfer is the mortar. If the mortar fails then the whole structure fails under seismic forces. Interlocking bricks are an effective and proven earthquake resistant construction materials. The self locking pattern of the bricks enables the seismic forces to travel across the whole structure equivalently.
Does not require plaster work
Plastering can be time consuming and costly in case of conventional wall construction. Plastering of walls can be completely eliminated by using fair faced bricks of your choice available in the market. If required the walls can be given a smooth finish by applying a thin layer of paint. Since these bricks are self-designed that gives a neat finish, the maintenance cost is minimized.
Unskilled / Fewer Labours
In case of Conventional brick laying, skilled labour is required for checking water level, spirit level and various other operations. Therefore a layman or an unskilled labour may find it difficult to learn the conventional methods of construction. Whereas interlocking bricks construction enables an unskilled labour to easily follow up on the construction procedure. It also provides various opportunities for an entrepreneur.
Since there is no use of mortar in the construction process, the cost of buying cement, sand, mortar and stone dust can be neglected. Also the cost for transportation can also be immensely reduced along with the cost on skilled labour. It does not require plasterwork, minor bar bending work, lesser cement and fewer labourers hence contributing to the overall cost reduction of the construction project.
It is proved as the most time efficient way of construction. The normal conventional bricks has to be cured for about 21 days whereas the self-locking bricks require only 7 days of curing. In addition to that, time required for setting and curing of the structure can be diminished completely. By eliminating all the time consuming tasks, the project can be completed faster.