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Top 6 Most Common Masonry Brick Sizes

Bricks sitting on the job

IMAGE: CUBES OF BRICK

Masonry Construction starts with a cube of brick.

Brick Sizes

Bricks come in all shapes and sizes, well sort of. Most bricks are rectangular in shape, but the sizes vary quite a bit depending on it's use.

MODULAR

Modular bricks are the most commonly used brick in residential construction today. It's the smallest sized brick on the list. Residential projects are typically smaller than commercial projects, so less square footage is required which results in a smaller masonry unit.

Size: 7 5/8" (L) x 2 1/4" (H) x 3 5/8" (W) or 19.4 cm x 5.7 cm x 9.2 cm

QUEEN

The second smallest brick size on the list is the queen sized brick. It's actually a little taller than a modular brick, but it's depth is almost 33% narrower. This makes queen sized bricks up to 25% lighter and more cost effective for residential veneer projects.

Size: 7 5/8" (L) x 2 3/4" (H) x 2 3/4" (W) or 19.4 cm x 7 cm x 7 cm

KING

Not the largest brick in the bunch, but bigger than most. The king size brick is longer than both the modular and queen size bricks by 2 inches (or 5 cm). Large bricks can reduce the amount of bricks you need to do the job. Less masonry units are required on a square foot basis. This means lower labor and materials cost, but can require some creative thinking as this is not a mason's first choice to use.

Size: 9 5/8" (L) x 2 5/8" (H) x 2 3/4" (W) or 24.5 cm x 6.7 cm x 7 cm

ESTATE

Similar in size to the King size brick, the estate brick is made for larger residential or commercial projects because of it's massive face height and substantial length. It only requires 3.6 bricks to cover a square foot of vertical wall, so it's one of the primary bricks of choice for commercial masonry contractors.

Size: 9 5/8" (L) x 3 5/8" (H) x 2 3/4" (W) or 24.5 cm x 9.2 cm x 7 cm

UTILITY

The largest brick known to be in production is the utility size brick. It's the titan of modern production bricks. At nearly a foot long, it is massive. It also features a hefty face height and width. This brick family is used almost exclusively for commercial construction because it only takes 3 bricks per square foot, which drastically reduces installation costs.

Size: 11 5/8" (L) x 3 5/8" (H) x 2 3/4" (W) or 24.5 cm x 9.2 cm x 7 cm

THIN

One of the coolest bricks on the block, the thin brick has been used for years for interior and exterior masonry applications. Mostly, thin brick is used for decorative finishing to an existing structure. Thin brick comes in all sizes! You can usually get a manufacturer to make a custom size, but they also stock common brick sizes like the ones listed above in this article.

Size: Custom, Modular, Queen, King, Estate, and Utility

“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.”

David Brinkley

Common brick sizes explained.

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