Need replacement brick suggestions

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Old 06-22-18, 01:06 PM
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Need replacement brick suggestions

I have an exterior wall on my house that has to be replaced for reasons I won't go into on here. It presently is bricked with Magna Carta Oversized bricks which my local brick store says is no longer made. I am looking for a brick that will match the Magna Carta Oversized. Do any of you have a suggestion for a good match? By the way, the house is an all brick house.
Thanks for any suggestions.
 
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Old 06-22-18, 10:03 PM
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No one has a suggestion of brick to match the Magna Carta oversize?
 
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Old 06-23-18, 04:30 AM
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Depending on the age of the brick, you may only be able to get a close match. Even if you found the same brick, it's unlikely to be a good match, maybe not even a close match, because of weathering or even different firing techniques. About all you can do is start contacting other area brick suppliers and ask what they have.

If you can't find a good match, you may consider contacting a local architect. An experienced architect will know who all the local suppliers are. Finding a match for an older brick is a very common problem, maybe more so in commercial design where brick can be a more common exterior material. If a matching brick can't be found, an architect can help design a way to terminate the brick in such a way that it looks like it wasn't a mistake. For example, on one of my projects, I get easily get the proper size brick for an addition, but not the correct color. I ended up specifying a stain for the old brick to get it to the correct color to match the new brick. It was labor-intensive (can you say expensive) because the contractor had to stain each individual brick without touching the mortar, but it was important to the client.

Or have I missed the point entirely and you can't find the same brick size? But my basic comments are the same: call around or find a local architect to help you resolve the problem.
 

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Old 06-23-18, 05:16 AM
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Thanks, Bruce H. I appreciate the information. I was afraid that would be the answer.
 
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Old 06-28-18, 06:56 PM
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When I just save the existing brick when you remove them? That's done quite often in salvage operations. It takes a good bit of work but he would be sure they matched.
 
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