Capital Brick & Tile

Capital Brick & Tile Serving the D.C. Metropolitan area since 1981, Capital Brick has established itself as a top distributor of clay, brick and masonry materials from some of the finest manufacturers in North America.

Specializing in the needs of commercial architecture, yet sensitive to the needs of the residential builder, our versatile sales professionals are among the most experienced in the business. We have provided the masonry materials for projects throughout the Washington, D.C. area. Many of the area's most prestigious and award-winning buildings feature products which were supplied through Capital Br

Specializing in the needs of commercial architecture, yet sensitive to the needs of the residential builder, our versatile sales professionals are among the most experienced in the business. We have provided the masonry materials for projects throughout the Washington, D.C. area. Many of the area's most prestigious and award-winning buildings feature products which were supplied through Capital Br

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Care to guess the potential service life of brick or concrete masonry? If you guessed a century or more, you're right. Even better, masonry is naturally fire and pest resistant.


Bricks can be arranged in six different orientations, known as stretcher, shiner, soldier, sailor, header, and rowlock. Depending on the orientation, you might need different kinds of bricks. For example, a hollow brick wouldn’t work in a shiner position since it would expose the holes.


When possible, during alignment, tap the brick or stone into place rather than simply using hand pressure, as it will increase the bond strength by more than half and as much as double than through hand pressure alone.


Modern construction techniques have changed the nature of masonry drastically. A great example is with concrete masonry units. Even if the client wants that brick look, many buildings (especially commercial ones) are built with concrete bricks, then given an outside layer of traditional brick.


Even if the only thing most people see is the outer layer, you know that a lot of structural work goes into those retaining walls and terraces. So does a masonry supplier, which is why they’ll have both the structural materials and the decorative ones.


Masonry is the art of construction using individual elements (like bricks or stones), assembled together into a cohesive whole using a binding agent referred to as mortar. Masonry techniques and materials have improved a great deal over the centuries.


Part of the appeal of natural stone is the slight variation that you get from it, but you don’t want it to be too varied. Fortunately, a masonry supplies expert can help you find the right mix of stones to get that perfect blend of unique uniformity.


Clay based bricks employed in modern construction use a pretty standard recipe. Care to guess the main ingredient? If you guessed clay, guess again. It's sand (silica). Other ingredients in common brick include: clay, alumina, lime, iron oxide, and magnesia.


Care to guess the standard size for a traditional brick? The idea was originally to make brick segments small enough and sufficiently light to raise and set in place using one hand. Many brick buildings use bricks that are twice as long as they are wide, or about 8 inches by 4 inches.


During installation, stainless steel flashing needs to be bent and attached using rivets, adhesives, or by soldering. For best results, choose flashing that adheres to ASTM A 167; solder should meet ASTM B 32 requirements.


Buildings made with brick and stone have better thermal retention ability. This makes them good candidates for areas that experience freezing winters, even though the seasonal action of ice and water can cause frost damage over time.


Masonry is durable, but it does have structural limitations. To get around them, builders use a number of different strengthening strategies. They include the use of: thicker walled construction, strong foundations, ribbing (or piers), and steel reinforcements.


Retaining walls need to deal with a lot of pressure, which is why you need the strongest mortar, and that means Type M mortar. With a minimum strength of 2500 PSI, this is the highest strength mortar, and it is used in situations that involve a high compressive strength.


Paving stones that are made of concrete aggregate are almost universal in their appeal. This is because of the almost endless selection of beautiful colors and unique and interesting designs. Concrete paving stones are also strong, safe, and durable, and can withstand any type of weather conditions without damage.


Unlike copper sheeting, stainless steel will not stain materials and, because it will not corrode, it is the most durable of flashing options. When properly installed, it will last a hundred years or longer.


When the average person thinks about masonry, they usually think of brick. But, as any mason knows, masonry involves building structures out of materials held together with mortar. That includes a lot more than brick, including stone, concrete blocks, glass blocks, and tile.


Fired bricks are strong and durable. They've also been around for a long time. Care to guess how long man has been using fired brick in construction? That would be since around 5000 B.C.


For pumping grout to small spaces such as doors and windows, a cavity pump works well, but is limited in that it can only carry fine grout. For multiple and varied applications, mechanical ball-valve pumps with a four-inch ball are the most versatile.


A big part of masonry strength is how well it’s put together, and there’s no better example than the dry-built masonry of Neolithic Scotland. Even without any mortar, these dry-built masonry structures were so well made that they’ve lasted since around 3,500 BC.


When grouting masonry that is a full story tall, using a pump for lifting and placing the grout is not only efficient, it is effective as well. The flow rate of the grout, the height of the structure, and how closely the pump can be placed to the site play a role in determining the size of the pump.


Limestone when used as a paving stone, especially for walkways and patios, is among the most decorative of the masonry pavers. Limestone's velvet-like sheen of soft grays, blues, and subtle creams works well in a variety of applications. And since the stone is grainy, it is easy to cut and shape as you choose.


For some applications, repointing may not be the most economical option. Instead, consider surface grouting, especially if the joints are not damaged or severely deteriorated or have only suffered from weathering.


When placing brick veneer over concrete backing or concrete block, building codes dictate that only adjustable anchors, wire ties, or joint reinforcements can be used. If it is discovered that corrugated ties were used, codes require retrofitting with code-compliant ties.


Although masonry consists of strong and durable building materials, they do wear over time. Here are some common things that can degrade masonry: acid rain, structural "settling," earthquakes, and seasonal cycles of freezing and thawing.


Have you ever heard the term "tuckpointing," or just "pointing"? It's the process of adding new, wet mortar to damaged masonry joints in order to strengthen and stabilize them. This typically requires skillfully cutting or raking the joints to prepare them for restoration.


Conventional masonry construction has excellent compression strength, so it can take heavy vertical loads. It is less effective at withstanding torque or twisting force. That's why brick buildings are popular in the Midwest but less so on the West Coast where earthquakes are common.


For centuries, humans have made cement to hold other materials like stone, straw, and clay together. They've used it to construct walls, homes, and other structures. Cement recipes have changed a lot over the years, though. Care to guess the main ingredients in the ancient Egyptian recipe for cement during the time of the Pharaohs? That would be mud, lime, straw, and gypsum.


One of the reasons to use masonry is because of its strength and durability, but that strength comes with a whole lot of weight. Fortunately, masonry suppliers can often deliver material you need so you don’t have to worry about transporting that weight.


Should the mortar be wet or dry? That depends on the receiving materials. Rough surfaces work well with wet mortar because they have small pockets that provide a better opportunity for bonding. Smooth surfaces, on the other hand, need slightly drier mortar because they lack those tiny pockets.


Planning a huge masonry project? This can take a lot of masonry materials, so it’s a good idea to get a masonry supply expert involved early in the process. That way they can make sure to have the supplies available when you need them.


Masonry is one of the oldest construction techniques used by humans. Back when it first started the stones were held together with mud, and by around 4,000 BC people in Mesopotamia were building palaces and temples out of stone and sun-dried brick.


You may not have stopped to consider the size of the brick you'll be using to make that wall or outdoor grill. Sizing can be important structurally, visually, and from a labor standpoint, too. To make handling easier, a single brick should be light enough and small enough to grasp and position using one hand.


The world of masonry got a huge boost in the mid 1800s with the introduction of Portland cement for mortar. This cement gets its name from the gray color, which resembles the stones found on the Isle of Portland just off the British coast.


Planning a restoration masonry project? These can have very fragile stones, which is why a soft mortar is often used. The most common is a Type K mortar. While it won’t provide bearing capacity, it’s soft enough to not damage the stone while holding it together.


A decorative stone veneer is a great way to add extra style and class to any home or building, but you don’t want to use just any old stone. Masonry suppliers will make sure to have high-quality stone that will look amazing on any building.


8315 Old Marlboro Pike
Upper Marlboro, MD

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We have provided the masonry materials for projects throughout the Washington, D.C. area. Many of the area's most prestigious and award-winning buildings feature products which were supplied through Capital Brick Inc. Capital Brick Inc. is also recognized throughout the area as a leader in the sale of clay paving brick for both architectural and municipal projects.

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Monday 7:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 7:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 7:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday 7:30am - 4:30pm
Friday 7:30am - 4:30pm


(301) 420-8484


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