Imperial Bricks, the leading supplier of traditional handmade, pressed, waterstruck and wirecut bricks, has introduced a new range of Pre-War Common bricks with a difference.

Unique to the UK and available from Imperial Bricks, the bricks are ‘dual-faced’, with one ‘clean’ face/header, and one weathered. This allows builders to use either face, whether matching up to existing brickwork for RMI, using the ‘clean’ or weathered faces or create a blend of mixed finishes to add character.  

“The Pre-War Common is a diverse brick” explains Jason Hughes, Managing Director at Imperial. “It has one clean face and header, with the other side featuring tonal weathering for a natural appearance, so creating unique blends is within anyone’s reach.”

This means merchants can effectively stock a single brick style that allows for different finishes and multiple options for their customers. It’s a cost-effective solution that allows for more space in the yard, with less stock needing to be ordered, handled and transported.”

The dual-faced brick is available from a reliable, sustainable supply, in a standard metric size suitable for new build, restoration or refurbishment.

With a characteristic red and orange base, pale flashings and dark overburns, the Pre-War Common brick is hydraulically pressed and was a popular brick type for 19th and 20th century housing across North West England. This new brick is one of more than 50 shades and styles of bricks offered by Imperial.

For more information on dual-faced bricks, visit, follow @Imperial_Bricks or call 01952 750816.