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What are Adobé Bricks?
Adobé, or sun-dried mud brick, is one of the oldest and most common building materials known. Adobé bricks consist of river bed soil, water and manure mixing by hand; then formed in wooden molds and set out to be sun dried.
Colorado River Adobé Bricks
The adobé brick blend is prepared from riverbed soil clays, steer manure as a binder and water; and then mixed to a plastic consistencyTo obtain the desired brick size, the moist adobé mixture is set in steel molds, tamped and leveled, by hand. The adobé bricks are then set on level ground for several days of sun drying.
The adobé bricks are then stacked and fired in a wood fired kiln, this baking results in a variety of earthen tone colors of the Colorado River Adobé Bricks.
Styles of Colorado River Adobé Bricks
Colorado River Adobé Bricks are made in a variety of shapes and sizes for the rustic Southwestern style. From El Chico Bricks to Pavers to Mission Tile for construction of fences, decks, walls, fireplaces, walkways, landscaping, pools, patios, garden and roofs. Also, Custom sizes and shapes can be fabricated.
Unfired Colorado River Adobé Bricks are also available, usually brown -mud in color.
Historic Adobé Buildings
Rehabilitating a deteriorated adobé building is most successful when the techniques used for restoration are similar as possible to the original construction techniques used.
Adobé Construction Techniques
Mortar: Historically, adobé walls were composed of adobé bricks set with mud mortar. Cement mortar is the preferred mortar for adobé walls, decks and mission tile using Colorado River Adobé products.
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