I really like the Austral Urban range (Almond and Silver). I took a sample of each of these bricks along with some in the Whitsunday range and over the course of 3 months they have discoloured and the brick sides have disintegrated.
I took the Almond and Silver colors along with the closes colors in the Whitsunday range Hayman and Keswick to a color coordinator and she said not to go for the urban range because the coloring comes off and the sides break off and the overall quality of the brick was bad. She did not like the Hayman it turned bright orange cream and the keswick was the closest to silver and was a better finishing in terms of quality.
Well, I havent seen any Keswick homes and the other color in the range that was of a darker tone was Brampton. The only dark tone I like was the AshPhalt from the Symmetry range. If you notice the symmetry range they are a much better finish and the whole brick is in the colour as opposed to just a coating like Urban or Whitsunday range. I went to CSR monier to look at the titles and I came across PGH creama and I loved that colour. While that brick is also just a paint coating I noticed it hasnt discoloured or turned brittle. Unfortunately my builder doesnt do PGH and the price is dearer. So its just the Keswick or Brampton with the Colorbond roof Windspray.
I still prefer the Silver very much and I went to Austral again today and asked them about it and they gave me a totally different story its just a different finish, the colour wont fade. All the homes I have seen with the Urban Almond or Silver have bricks in between that have discoloured. Landcom have mandated that every house have two pillars (the porch) that is rendered and he has given me an option of more rendering with minimal brick visible on the front just 4 strips. Initially I wanted to keep the rendering to a minimal (just the front two post) but now I am thinking of going with his plan. Its a safer bet if Keswick doesnt turn to be to good, I can just colour the whole front. Has anyone had problems with the Urban range and has anyone gone with Keswick? Any advice or experience would be good. Unfortuntely there are no homes with the Keswick colour.