How much does brick weigh? Average brick weight

In Unites States and UK, the standard red brick of size 3-5/8” x 2-1/4” x 8” weighs about 4.5 pounds that’s equal to 2.04 kilogram or 2,041 grams. However, weight of bricks can vary from 4.3 pounds to as heavy as 5 pounds depending on the density of the brick.  

Whether you’re looking to calculate the dead weight of a brick wall or are estimating the transport expenses for bricks, it is important to understand that not all bricks weigh the same.

So, how much does a single brick weigh? Well, it depends on following factors:

  • Size (length, width, and height) – bigger bricks are heavier
  • Density of brick matrix – a hollow brick with hole in between will cost less than a solid red brick
  • Material of brick – A clay brick, concrete, or lime red brick will be heavier than a fly-ash brick.
  • Properties of bricks like compressive strength etc.

Knowing the weight, size, and type of brick is critical to plan your transportation options for material delivery. You must choose the right type of delivery option to ensure there’s no risk of injury or property damage.

An articulated lorry can carry a safe load of 25 to 26 tons. On this basis, you might say you can carry around 11,000 bricks on one truck. But the reality is that a truck can only carry around 4,000 bricks in one go. But again it depends on a lot of things like size of truck, type of bricks, and weight recommended.

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Weight of a brick
Weight of a brick

How heavy is a brick? – The Comparison

A total of 44 bricks of standard sizes weigh in equals to the weight of an average American man of 20 years old. A standard 6” solid concrete block weighs is approximately 12 times heavier than a standard brick.  

An average man can carry 55 pounds of weight safely and in that perspective you can carry around 13 bricks of standard size in one go.    

How much does a brick weigh?

Well, there’s no sure short answer of how much do bricks weigh; it depends a lot on the type of brick. You can find there’re different types of bricks like clay bricks, engineering bricks, hollow bricks, solid bricks, red bricks, clay bricks, and so on. Brick vary by shape, size, and material of production.

Here’re a table showing weight of bricks corresponding to different types of bricks:

Sr. No.Type of BricksWeight in pounds
 Modular4.2 pounds
 Jumbo Modular5.1 pounds
 Roman4.7 pounds
 Queen5.6 pounds
 Norman6.5 pounds
 Engineer Norman7 pounds
 Closure6.1 pounds
 Monarch12.5 pounds
 Double Monarch25.5 pounds
 Ambassador8.8 pounds

Introduction

Brick is the most important building material used for the construction of walls, foundation, columns in past and for brick flooring. It is the most suitable and environment friendly building material made of alumina and silica with some other mineral particles such as magnesia, iron oxide.

Brick should be of such size that it would be easy to handle during manufacture and its weight should be normal so that mason can easily lift and place it on height without fatigue. Different countries manufacture bricks of different size according to their construction ease and requirement.

Bricks are made in different shapes and size according to their applications. The weight of brick depends upon its size and shape. We can easily estimate the size of brick by using the density formula which is

                                                               Density=Weight/Volume

According to different standards and manufacturing density of brick lies in the range of 1600kg/m^3 to 1920 kg/m^3 for common red burnt brick. The density of 1st class bricks is normally 1920kg/m^3.Similarly the weight of brick lies in the range of 3 to 3.9kg depending upon the class of brick, its size and density. The weight of 1stclass fully burnt brick can be 2.0 kg to 3.5kg.

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Nominal dimension of brick

Nominal dimension is the dimension of brick which includes mortar thickness of 3/8” of each side.

Standard dimension of brick

Standard dimension is the actual dimension excluding mortar thickness of each side.

Standard brick size in USA

In some parts of USA for the construction of walls red clay burnt bricks are used as a building material. The standard size of brick used in US is 203mm×92mm×57mm.The weight of 1st class bricks lies in the range of 2.0kg to 2.5 kg.  The weight of brick is calculated by using the above density formula. The first step is to calculate the volume of brick and then second step is to multiply volume by density, and we will get weight of a brick.

  • Standard size of brick in US= 203mm×92mm×57mm
  • Volume of brick=0.001064m^3
  • Density of 1st class brick=1920kg/m^3
  • Weight of 1st class brick in US=2.045kg

Weight of Pallet of bricks according to US standard dimension

The dimension of pallet of bricks is 48” ×40” with surface area of 1920 square inches. The number of bricks required to cover the surface area with single layer of bricks is 113.The weight of one brick is calculated above which is 2.045kg in US. The weight of pallet of bricks for single layer can be calculated by multiplying the number of bricks with weight of one brick.

  • Weight of one brick= 2.045kg
  • Number of bricks in pallet for single layer=113
  • Total weight of brick=2.045kg×113
  • Total weight of brick=231kg

Weight of 100 bricks

The weight of hundred bricks is calculated by using the simple mathematical calculations as follows

  • Weight of one brick=2.045kg
  • Number of bricks=100
  • Weight of 100 bricks= 100×2.045kg
  • Weight of 100 bricks=204.5kg

Weight of 500 bricks

The weight of 500 bricks in US is 1022.5 kg which can be calculated by multiplying the weight of one brick by number of bricks.

Weight of 1000 bricks

The weight of 1000 bricks are calculated by using the same procedure as done above

  • Weight of one brick=2.045kg
  • Number of bricks=1000
  • Weight of 1000 bricks= 1000×2.045kg
  • Weight of 1000 bricks=2045kg

Standard size and weight of brick

The standard size of brick used in United States is 220mm×110mm×68mm.The weight of brick is calculated by multiplying the density of brick with its volume.

How many grams in a brick?

The weight of any number of bricks can be calculated by multiplying the weight of one brick with total number of bricks.

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Standard size and weight of brick in United Kingdom

The standard size of brick used in United Kingdom is 215mm×102mm×65mm.The density of 1st class bricks is 1920kg/m^3.The weight of brick is calculated by multiplying the density of brick with its volume.

  • Standard dimension of brick=215mm×102mm×65mm
  • Volume of one brick=0.001425m^3
  • Density of 1st class brick=1920kg/m^3
  • Weight of one brick= 1920kg/m^3 ×0.001425m^3
  • Weight of one brick =2.75kg

Standard size and weight of brick in Australia

The standard size of brick used in Australia is 230mm×110mm×76mm.The density of brick is 1920 kg/m^3. Volume of brick is calculated by multiplying length, width and height. The weight of brick is calculated by multiplying the density of brick with its volume.

  • Standard dimension of brick=230mm×110mm×76mm
  • Volume of one brick=0.001922m^3
  • Density of 1st class brick=1920kg/m^3
  • Weight of one brick= 1920kg/m^3 ×0.001922m^3
  • Weight of one brick in Australia =3.7kg

The weight of any number of bricks can be calculated by multiplying the weight of one brick with total number of bricks.

Standard size and weight of brick in India

The standard size of brick used in Pakistan is 190mm×90mm×90mm.The weight of brick is calculated by multiplying the density of brick with its volume.

  • Standard dimension of brick=190mm×90mm×90mm
  • Volume of one brick=0.001539m^3
  • Density of 1st class brick=1920kg/m^3
  • Weight of one brick= 1920kg/m^3 ×0.001539m^3
  • Weight of one brick in India =3.0kg

Standard size and weight of brick in Germany

The standard size of brick used in United Kingdom is 240mm×115mm×71mm.The density of 1st class bricks is 1920kg/m^3.The weight of brick is calculated by multiplying the density of brick with its volume.

  • Standard dimension of brick=240mm×115mm×71mm
  • Volume of one brick=0.001959m^3
  • Density of 1st class brick=1920kg/m^3
  • Weight of one brick= 1920kg/m^3 ×0.001959m^3
  • Weight of one brick in Germany=3.75kg

Brick pallet weight?

A standard pallet can take 500 bricks of standard size and on this basis, a brick pallet weight is 1.5 to 1.7 ton. It depends on the density of bricks and how they’re arranged in a pallet.  

Red bricks weight

A standard red clay brick of size (9” x 4 ¼” x 2 ¾” ) is 2.27 kg or 5 pounds. Red bricks are used a lot in different construction projects.

How much does 500 bricks weight?

A single brick weight about 4.5 pounds and on this basis we can determine the weight of 500 bricks as : 500 x 4.5 pounds = 2,250 pounds which is equal to 1.12 US tons. But this weight can vary between 2150 pounds to 2500 pounds depending on the density and type of material.

Conclusion

According to US standards the size of red clay brick is 203mm×92mm×57mm.While density of 1st class brick is 1920kg.The weight of brick in US is 2. 045kg.Similarly other countries follow their own standard dimension according to their ease and construction practices.

Further Read: How to determine Quantity of brick in  a wall?

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