Types of Face Brick

Face brick is quite similar to brick veneer and exudes the same aura associated with real bricks. If you are planning to use face bricks, you should be familiar with some basic variations in this niche:

Basic Face Brick Types

Face bricks need the standard, mortar-based installation. They are installed within a depth of 3-to-4 inches. Some face bricks are cored. This means that they have small holes on the surface. Other varieties include those with small indentations. The most common variety is the one with a solid, plane surface. The newer versions combine cored and solid surface in varying permutations. Cored bricks are preferred because of their lighter weight and how they allow the mortar to sink further into the brick and get a better grip.

Face Bricks with Gradings

There are some variations in the quality standards of different face bricks. This grading is done on the basis of uniformity of the size and shape of the brick. Some face bricks are retailed as FBX or ‘select bricks’ and these are regarded to offer the best quality. The sharpness of edges, too, has an impact on the grading. FBS grading refers to the standard face brick that allows some differences in size. FBA refers to the higher-quality or architectural brick that allows no imperfections. Other face brick gradings include:


  • SW-grade face bricks can withstand severe weathering and offer exceptional durability.
  • MW-grade face bricks are prone to moderate degree of weathering when exposed to harsh climate.
  • NW-grade face bricks cannot withstand weathering and are recommended for indoor use.