Importance of interlocking bricks in construction
Interlocking Bricks is the newest technology in building up wall. Under this method, cement mortar is not applied to interlock the bricks against one so that a structurally secure wall can be built up to minimize the construction cost and time significantly.
Since the sand becomes more and more scanty and the price of cement is increasing day-by-day, interlocking bricks are gaining popularity to Home builders. Laterite Stone is anchored and filtered with a sieve. It is then blended with 5% cement mixture and a chemical setting agent.
This mixture is then compressed through machine to develop high density Interlocking Bricks. Generally, the width of the bricks is retained as 6 inches and 8 inches and the length of the bricks differ. Every Interlocking Brick contains grooves and locks on its sides which are set with each other to create a block wall without the cement mortar for bonding.
A roof slab is provided over these walls to maintain the structural integrity.
Benefits of Interlocking Bricks:
• The cost is saved significantly because cement and sand are not required for building up the wall.
• For some useful characteristics like less heat-intensity and natural material, laterite maintains coolness inside the house.
• The number of labors is also reduced since the Interlocking blocks can be set up with one another easily without any traditional cement mortar application.
• The Interlocking bricks can be easily restored devoid of any damage when it is necessary to dismantle the house in the future.
The following points should be taken into consideration while constructing the wall with interlocking bricks:-
• Ensure that each batch of Interlocking bricks delivered from the factory is examined to check the strength and stability.
• The Bricks are placed uniformly with the joint keeping one course in the middle of the subsequent course to retain the proper strength of the wall.
• As the plastering is done from the bottom of the wall above the foundation, moisture penetration to the wall is completely stopped.
• The Interlocking walls are not recommended in areas which are subject to become wet frequently (like bathrooms).