Jul 30, 2011 1:08 am
Help! This is our first time to build. We're planning on using PGH Espresso bricks for our home. Looks gorgeous on display but we're not so sure now after reading a couple of bad reviews on this product. Can anyone please share their experiences using this brick? What is the best type of mortar for this? Would the house look too rich if we use a wood grain garage door?
Re: Using PGH Espresso bricks2
Jul 30, 2011 7:59 am
[quote="Daragang Magayon"]Help! This is our first time to build. We're planning on using PGH Espresso bricks for our home. Looks gorgeous on display but we're not so sure now after reading a couple of bad reviews on this product. Can anyone please share their experiences using this brick? What is the best type of mortar for this? Would the house look too rich if we use a wood grain garage door?
If you follow my thread you'll see our PGH Espresso, our builder wasn't clear about the color mortar we were getting and the 'natural mortar' with orange sand in our opinion, was far to dark ... we changed to an off white / grey and the difference is amazing. And we are having a timbagrain garage, in Caoba to be precise - pics on thread
You are right there are some bad reviews and we did get a few shockers in our delivery but if you have a chat to your SS and brickies like we did everything should be ok. We haven't finished bricking yet and could still strike some problems but so far so good and there is always the option of nawkaw if they aren't up to scratch which is our backup. Just make sure you are clear if you want a light sand for a lighter mortar
We didn't want stark white or the dark creamy color, more a lighter grey.
Good luck, we just love our espresso and are staying positive! I'll post more pics when our bricks have been cleaned.
- BJ -
' Less is more and none is perfect '
My thread: https://forum.homeone.com.au/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=41828
Using PGH Espresso bricks3
Apr 11, 2012 3:49 pm
We're using PGH Vino (bricking starts today), which is from the same range as the Espresso. While there are a few chips in the delivery, the brickies are pretty good at finding the good ones.
Remeber, you (usually) only see the one face of the brick, so the brickies can do a lot to hide any imperfections.
Using PGH Espresso bricks5
Apr 11, 2012 6:45 pm
From the samples i grabbed of this range there is only one front face the rear side was not covered and the natural brick colour can be seen
That definitely doesn't seem to be the case with the production versions... Just back from site and they are covered on all four faces.
Edit: Just checked our samples at home from PGH, which are also covered on all faces.
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Apr 11, 2012 10:59 pm
Maybe they had some strange batches at the Schofields (NSW) office recently, double checked tonight and the Expresso and Chocolatto ones both only had 3 sides covered.
I spoke to PGH about these bricks and they said that if there is more than 5% of the delivery chipped and the builder contacts them they will send out a rep and then provide extra stock to cover these. My main concern is my kids (or me) potentially chipping them in the future and then ending up with the base colour showing through.
The DW decided she didn't really like them so didn't have to think about it too much
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