Arriscraft Bricks

topmanNovember 29, 2012

Hello!

We are looking into the tumbled brick series from Arriscraft and they are definitely on the expensive side. Have any of the homeowners here used their product or specifically this series before that could share your experiences? If you have pictures to share as well that will be wonderful!

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worthy

I've used Arriscraft brick and stone on four houses. But none were the tumbled series bricks. All were excellent products.

Unlike other concrete bricks I've used, there were never any cracking problems with the Arriscraft.

I would have had concerns a few years back when they were a step away from bankruptcy. But they were acquired in 2007 by General Shale of Tennessee, a subsidiary of Wienerberger AG, the largest producer of bricks in the world.

Below is a home built in 1991 with a long-ago discontinued Arriscraft brick series.

Photo: Heather Joy Investments Ltd.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 6:39PM
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worthy

Arriscraft brick with Indiana limestone lintels and sills.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 6:42PM
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topman

Thanks for sharing your photo! Their brick products are generally priced about 3 times more than others, does that sound like it's in that ball park from your previous experiences? Trying to decide if it's worth it going with them.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 12:11AM
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I'm out of date and out of country on Arriscraft.

Be sure that you are comparing sq. ft. costs, not per brick costs as there are a lot of variations among the best-selling six brick sizes.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 3:47PM
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bcool

We will be putting them on our house in a couple of weeks. I'll post photos.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2012 at 2:49AM
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topman

No probem thanks worthy.

That will be great bcool! Which color of the tumbled series did you end up going with? Did you say the quote for your brick turn out to be the same as getting cheaper bricks and paint with antique white color?

    Bookmark   December 1, 2012 at 3:03PM
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bcool

We went with the Linen color. Arriscraft discontinued the Cotton color. Cotton was really, really white (almost chalk white). Linen has a bit more tan in it. Arriscraft told us Cotton was a bit unforgiving and that Linen is more versatile. Our cost was a little over $1 per brick, but, as Worthy stated, it is important to compare price per sq. ft.

We had a hard time finding a brick to be painted or stained. We wanted to make sure it had a good shape and texture. Nothing we liked had overruns, and we were looking at about $0.50 to $0.85 for a comparable size in the bricks we thought would work. We then priced out painting and staining. I think the staining or painting would have be a little cheaper, but it was close.

The lead time for brick from Arriscraft is longer than other brick companies. They're primarily a stone company and they don't make bricks everyday.

Ours will be delivered on Friday. I'll post photos.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2012 at 8:51PM
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topman

Can't wait to see your photos bcool. The brick rep gave us some samples of Arriscraft Linen the other day and I definitely love the look of it, just not sure how they will look on an actual house.

bcool/worthy, I have a question about comparing pricing of bricks per sq ft. Did you mean sq ft of the house (interior)? Can you explain that please? Thanks!

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 10:08PM
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bcool

It is how many bricks are in a square foot. I think the Arriscraft bricks were 5.75 bricks per square foot. Other bricks take 4.80 bricks per square foot, some are 6.85 bricks per square foot, etc.

If one brick is $1 per brick and it takes 5.75 bricks per sq.ft. the price is $5.75 per sq.ft. Another brick might be only $0.85 per brick, but it might take 6.85 bricks per sq.ft. The cost of the second brick is actually $5.82 per sq.ft. That's why it is important to know how many bricks are needed per square foot when you get a per brick price.

And, of course, if you're painting or staining you will need to add the per square foot cost of that to the price. Then you can compare the cost of the Arriscraft to the cost of the painted brick.

Hope this helps.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2012 at 5:31PM
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topman

Thank you that is helpful,

    Bookmark   December 8, 2012 at 9:17AM
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topman

Bcool what state are you building in?

    Bookmark   December 10, 2012 at 11:57PM
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bcool

We're in Missouri. Too far from Georgia or Canada to get great prices on Arriscraft. About three years ago we did get a quote similar to the one you posted in your "white brick" thread, but we weren't ready then. (Thankfully. We ended up with a much better lot and a better design.)

    Bookmark   December 11, 2012 at 1:30AM
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bcool

Bricks on site. They will start going up next Monday (weather permitting).

    Bookmark   December 11, 2012 at 8:49PM
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bcool

Topman, we've started. The photo was taken with my phone, so it's not the best.

    Bookmark   December 21, 2012 at 5:05PM
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topman

Thanks for sharing your photo bcool! Looking good. Hope your construction is going well.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 9:30PM
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