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    Thinking about adding some bricks around your home?

    Published on 15 May 2016, Sunday, 10:30 PM

    There's a certain charm that brick houses carry with them - and it might be encouraging you to add some to your property.

    You might even already have some bricks around your home, but giving them a bit of refreshing and tender loving care has been on your list for some time now. Have no fear, Kennards Hire is here! Bricks are very susceptible to moss and mould when on the exterior of your home, be that on the ground or on your walls. Keeping them clean will not only have them looking fresh, but you'll also protect them from being damaged by the continuous presence of moisture.

    Kennards Hire has a range of cleaners and cutters that are ideal for use on bricks - so if you've already got the red-brick aesthetic going around your property, or you'd love to have it - you'll find something to help you with your project here.

    There's a range of tools you can use to keep your bricks looking fresh and new.There's a range of tools you can use to keep your bricks looking fresh and new.

    Keeping it clean

    Bricks can look fantastic, and Houzz suggests that they're coming back into fashion with fresh new looks and styles.

    Over time, however, it does have a tendency to accrue moss and mould. Bricks are actually absorbent, and when they get wet, they take a long time to dry out. During that time, they will attract bacteria that forms into the green goblins that then have to be removed to keep your home looking clean and vibrant. For this, you'll need a 1,500 psi hot pressure cleaner from Kennards Hire. Hot water is fired out of the hose at high pressure, which easily breaks apart bacterial fibres and will leave your brickwork looking good as new.

    For the best results, do it on a hot, dry day, and early in the morning, so that the bricks have the most amount of time they can in the sun.

    According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, brick was the most common exterior wall surface in Australia in the past, and with the versatility it provides, that's absolutely no surprise.

    For the best results, do it on a hot, dry day, and early in the morning.

    A lot of people with brick homes have more than one storey, so to get up high with the pressure cleaner, use the telewand attachment for safe use and access to high places. You can also paint bricks, which is a great way to keep moisture out for longer periods of time. In order to do this effectively, you'll need to have a clean surface on which to apply the paint in the first place. The pressure cleaner is also perfect for this application, and any other concrete cleaning, for that matter.

    Putting your own in

    Many people will like the appearance of brick by itself, and why wouldn't you? It's eye-catching, typically very ordered and ages well. For this reason, you're probably wondering how expensive it would be to get some bricks of your own onto your property. Installation can take a long time, which is why it's expensive to hire a bricklayer to do it. With a brick saw from Kennards Hire, you can take as much time as you need, and save money by doing the job yourself!

    Measuring out the area you're wanting to build on, be it a wall or a floor space, is the first step. Many brick retailers will let you buy as many bricks as you think you'll need, and usually more, and then buy back whatever materials you don't use! You don't have to know the exact number, and taking in your measurements will help hugely with them giving you advice about how many you'll need.

    How do you want your bricks to look?How do you want your bricks to look?

    It'll also pay to have a certain pattern in mind with your brickwork, because some will require a lot more materials, and take a lot longer to get right. But experiment! It's a fantastic addition to many homes.

    Talk to Kennards Hire today to find out more about how it can help with your brick maintenance.

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    Nathan Mills
    Nathan is a seasoned Kennards Hire team member passionate about empowering DIYers in their projects. He loves everything DIY and brings together years of equipment and project experience to help customers get the right tools for their next job.