The surface texture and tumbling style of brick is very important to its overall appearance. Identically colored brick can look dramatically different simply by adding texture or putting it through a different tumbling process.
The tumbling of brick typically applies to the shape of the brick; round, square and everywhere in between.
This style of brick is not tumbled; it has simple and traditional straight edges and has been done on just about any style home.
Dry Tumbled or Rumbled
Dry Tumbled or Rumbled Brick are brick that are tumbled down a ramp after the firing process that gives the brick a weathered old world look with a softer more rounded edge.
Wet Tumbled or Green Tumbled
Wet or Green Tumbled Brick are brick that are tumbled down a ramp prior to the firing process, while still damp, that gives the brick a “no-two-are-the-same” slightly handmade look.
Machine Tumbled or Rolled Edge
Machine Tumbled or Rolled Edge Brick are brick that are put through a roller or notching machine prior to the firing process, while still damp, to give a tumbled look but with more exact machine-made edges.
These brick are put through a similar, yet more extensive wet or green tumbling process. And are done more typically with more old world, European, and cottage style homes, this brick is put through an extra tumbling process when wet in order to give a more vintage, hand molded look.
Textures can be trickier, like tumbling, there can be more than one name for the type of texture. However, depending on the manufacturer, and like so many products in the masonry industry, there can be well over two different names for the same type of product or in this case, the same type of texture.
Antique Texture or Re-roll Texture
This texture is created by skimming off the top layer of the brick and reapplying it prior to the firing process. Some of the skimmed layer will not fully adhere, leaving a rough, chipped and patchy texture on the face. This texture is meant to give an older antiqued look.
Regular Texture or Used Texture or Residential Texture
This texture is created by applying slurry coatings (smooth) or by using a sand finish (slightly more rough than smooth but not as rough as most others). This texture is what is used most on homes and residential projects.
Architectural, Velour, Matte, Mission, or Grain Texture
This texture is created by machine made impressions and other mechanical treatments. This is your typical “school house” brick. This type of brick is simple, contains not much variation in color if any, and has the smooth yet dragged or grainy textured face.
Wire-cut, Rug, Scratch face (really fine), Ruff (more course), or Torn Face (rough texture)
This texture is created by machine made impressions and other mechanical treatments, many actually use blades or wires, making the name wire-cut very fitting.
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