Jul 19, 2010 9:22 am
I would like to get a few opinions on the colour of my mortar.
When the brickies were laying the bricks, I noticed that they were using an orange coloured sand. I rang the SS straight away to inform him of this. He assured me that they use orange sand with an off-white cement to acheive the look. He then told me that the colour of the mortar can vary depending on the colour of the sand from the quarry and that it would lighten up as it dried.
It's now been 2 weeks since the bricks were done and it still looks nothing like off-white.
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Jul 19, 2010 10:27 am
That's orange. The ones at the top are more orange, were they layed more recently? The exact degree of orange depends on the viewing angle on my monitor, but it's obvious that there IS orange there.
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Jul 19, 2010 10:43 am
There's certainly an orange tinge to it but I think when you see the whole house done it looks fine and doesn't scream orange IYKWIM?
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Jul 19, 2010 11:52 am
I want off-white mortar and to be honest, looking at your photos I would NOT be happy. It is orange. I wouldnt care if it looked good far away (so does a lot of * work if I may say so...), I want it to look good fullstop.
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Jul 19, 2010 12:13 pm
I definitely wouldn't call that off-white. If you paid extra for off-white I'd be getting them to re-do it or at least demand a refund and maybe some sort of compensation. In saying that, I quite like the look, but if it's not you paid for you shouldn't have to put up with it.
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Jul 19, 2010 9:18 pm
Hmm... i gotta say that's about as off-white as a fake tan. Our off white was based on a greyish kind of sand and offwhite cement.
In this pic below, the bottom row of bricks were done about one week before the top layer of bricks which were done same day as the photo:
And in this pic, this is after cleaning:
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Jul 19, 2010 9:33 pm
I agree with Bam - it looks ok from far away but you want it to look good up close too
our builders used orange sand with the off white cement and it turned out whiter than that. I think they could do better than that.
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Jul 20, 2010 10:50 am
I just dont understand what the builders are thinking, when we request and pay for off-white mortar, it means just that, not orange or any other colour. I have seen other people on here that have had trouble with "off white" and the builders interpretations of off white. I will certainly be on the lookout when it's bricking time to make sure it's the colour I want.
I'm sorry but to me yours does look orange and I would not be happy.
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Jul 21, 2010 1:23 pm
We ordered off white, and the majority of the house has it - but there's patches where it looks like they've tried to fix it up, and as a result is dark grey - there's a definite line you can notice
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Jul 21, 2010 5:26 pm
Apparently off white sand can be difficult to come by. We live in Brisbane. They used to mine it on Stradbroke Island, but now it comes down from Hervey Bay. Our bricks were laid last week with off white mortar...and the mortar looks WHITE. Yours is orange, not white.
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Jul 21, 2010 7:34 pm
That's definately orange. I too wouldn't be pleased either.
From a distance, your house looks fabulous, and the mortar looks lovely.
How much would it really lighten? To a lighter orange, but obviously not to the off white shade that you've paid for.
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Jul 21, 2010 8:23 pm
I read similar problems someone had a few months ago. This made me question my builder before I committed to paying to upgrade to the off white mortar. I wanted to know exactly what they use. They told me they use "bright & light" cement with white sand. I haven't started building yet, but, I'll keep and eye out what colour sand they use.
To achieve the off white I believe they will have to use an off white coloured cement such as "bright and light" but the colour of the sand makes a difference in the overall result too.
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May 03, 2017 9:22 pm
any resolution to this?
Im having exact same issue, orange sand used on off white cement... looks orange to me.
I dont want to wait until heaps is done to know if this is going to be better.
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