Q: Are these new bricks made to look old?
A: No. All of our brick and stone is genuine, antique, reclaimed material from cities around the country. Most bricks have the name of the original manufacturer stamped on them, like the Purington Pavers made by Purington Brick Co. in Galesburg, IL. Purington is now out of business and their bricks are no longer available as new products.
Q: Do you have a local distributor?
A: No. We ship nationwide direct to your jobsite. We have also contributed to international projects in Canada, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
Q: How are the bricks delivered?
A: When we reclaim bricks from their original site, they are first cleaned of any residue. Then they are bundled into pallets of 250-500, hand-wrapped to ensure that they stay in place during the move, and delivered to you on flat-bed trucks.
Q: How many bricks do I need for my project?
A: Our bricks come in many different sizes, so the number you need depends on which ones you choose and how you use them. For paving projects, such as streets, driveways, walkways or patios, you generally need five bricks per square foot. For walls, however, you typically need seven bricks per square foot.
Q: What is the lead time?
A: All of the products shown on our website are ready for immediate shipment. We appreciate a lead time of at least two weeks to arrange for trucking.
Q: Is there a minimum order?
A: You must order at least 1 pallet, or 250-500 bricks, and we prefer to ship full truckload quantities.
Q: Will these bricks last?
A: The majority of our bricks were made over 100 years ago and show very minimal, if any, wear. Bricks made during this time period were dried, fired and packed by hand and are expect to endure for hundreds of years.
Q: How much do your bricks cost?
A: There are several factors that affect the total price of the shipment, including the type of brick, the quantity, and your location. It is best to call or email us for an accurate price quote.
Q: Where do your bricks come from?
A: We reclaim bricks and cobblestones from the streets and buildings of some of the most historic cities in the U.S.
Q: Do you install your bricks?
A: No. We are strictly suppliers of the highest quality antique brick and stone in the country.
Q: Are your products "green?"
A: Yes. We are a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which rates buildings' "green" status with points from the Leaders in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). LEED points are awarded to buildings that are "healthier, have a smaller environmental footprint, use less energy, and cost less to operate." Buildings made with antique bricks satisfy all of these criteria.
Q: How different are historic bricks from new bricks?
A: The brick making processes in centuries past were much different than the ones used today. The coal-fired kilns of yesteryear allowed for some variation in color and texture, unlike today's electric kilns which produce bricks of highly uniform color. These color variegations plus the natural aging/wear of the bricks are some of the characteristics that our clients find very attractive.
Q: Will the climate of my geographical region affect the bricks?
A: Some of our antique building bricks are perfectly suitable for use as pavers in warmer climates but not in zones where there are several freeze/thaw cycles. In colder climates, it is best to use our true antique street pavers and granite cobblestones which have already survived such weather for over 100 years.
Q: How and where are the bricks stored?
A: Our bricks are salvaged from all over the nation and generally stored at the reclaim site. We always try to supply our clients with the materials that are stored closest to their location. These two strategies keep shipping costs down as much as possible.
Please contact us via email or call John or Mike Gavin at (319) 354-5251 to discuss your project.