Bricklayer in Portland(8)
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If you have a job that needs doing and it involves brickwork, you’ll want to know how much to pay a bricklayer so that you can plan your budget.
How much does a bricklayer charge? Well, the average bricklayer cost per day is around £150 - £200 per day. The exact rate you’ll be charged by the bricklayer will depend on a number of factors.
If it’s a big job, bricklayers often work with labourers to help them complete the work. The average cost for a labourer is around £70 - £100 per day.
Factors affecting bricklayer cost per day
When you’re working out how much to pay a bricklayer, there are a number of factors that will affect the rate that you’ll be charged. They include:
Type of brickwork
Size of the project
Complexity of the work
Quantity and quality of bricks and materials used
Any prep work needed
Any scaffolding or other specialist equipment needed
We always recommend asking for a detailed quote before hiring a bricklayer, or any other tradesperson for that matter. You want to make sure you know exactly what you’re being charged for, how much, and if there are any additional costs you need to consider.
How much does a bricklayer cost for supplying bricks?
On top of the labour cost of hiring a bricklayer, you’ll also need to think about the cost of the materials – particularly the bricks they’ll be using.
Here are some of the average prices per square metre for common types of bricks in the UK:
Handmade bricks – £65 per m2
Wire Cut bricks – £68 per m2
Facing bricks – £65 per m2
Common concrete bricks – £48 per m2
Reclaimed bricks – £200 per m2
Engineering bricks – £63 per m2
Breeze blocks – £15 per m2
To find out more about prices, check out our guides to brick steps costs and breeze block wall costs.
Quotes for local bricklayers in Portland
As with hiring any tradesperson for your home improvement projects, we always recommend obtaining at least three quotes from different bricklayers in your area. By shopping around you can make sure you're paying a fair and competitive price for the work.
Thankfully, our request a quote tool makes finding multiple quotes super easy. All you need to do is post details about the work you need doing and we’ll send it out to local tradespeople in your area. Try it out – it's quick and easy!
One of the most common questions we get asked about brickwork projects is: how many bricks can a bricklayer lay in a day? The answer depends on the speed and experience of the individual bricklayer, as well as the team they’re working in.
A general guide, one good bricklayer can lay around 600 bricks per day. The average brickwork team, made up of two good bricklayers and one labourer, can usually lay around 1,200 bricks per day between them.
Factors affecting how many bricks a bricklayer can lay
There are a variety of factors that will affect how many bricks a single bricklayer can lay in a day, including:
Experience of the bricklayer
Size and style of bricks
Presence of a labourer (which speeds up the bricklaying process)
Access to supplies and materials
Before hiring a bricklayer, always ask them about how they plan to carry out the work and how long it will take them to complete the job. But remember, it’s not always about getting the job done in the shortest amount of time – you want to make sure the bricklayer will work to a suitable high professional standard too.
For brickwork projects, you’ll need a supply of suitable bricks for the bricklayer to carry out the work. You’ll often be quoted a charge per 1,000 bricks for the supply of the materials.
Here are some of the average costs per 1,000 bricks that you can expect to pay in the UK:
Common machine-made brick – £600 - £800
Handmade brick – £900 - £1,200
Clay facing brick – £700 - £900
Engineering brick (Class A or B) – £500 - £700
The exact cost of the bricks will depend on the total number of bricks you need for the job and the type of bricks being used. It’s always worth speaking about the details of costs and quantities before starting a job, so that you know exactly what the project entails.
Any reputable local bricklayer will be happy to provide you with a quote for the job that includes a breakdown of costs for labour and materials. If in doubt, ask questions to clarify what you’re being charged for and how much. And we always recommend getting quotes from at least three different bricklayers so that you can compare them to make sure you’re being quoted a fair price for the job.
If you haven’t dealt with bricklayers before, you might want to know a little more about what they do. But before we talk more about the job of a bricklayer, it’s worth noting that each tradesperson is different and will have their own experience, skill set and possible areas of work that they specialise in.
What is a bricklayer?
A bricklayer is typically a tradesperson responsible for one of the most important and integral parts of the construction process – the bricks and mortar. Bricklayers will be involved in measuring out areas for brickwork projects, laying the bricks, and repairing or maintaining existing brick structures.
Common bricklayer tasks
Here are some of the jobs that a bricklayer wouldn’t typically carry out as part of their work:
Laying bricks and applying/removing mortar
Working from detailed plans and specifications to accurately build brick structures
Sealing foundations with damp-resistant materials
Ensuring buildings have the correct alignment (using spirit levels and plumb lines)
Using various hand and power tools, including brick-cutting machinery
Building brick walls, arches and other ornamental brickwork
Providing advice and guidance on brickwork projects
Sourcing suitable materials and brick supplies
When planning any brickwork project, it’s helpful to have a chat with local bricklayers to get their expert advice and professional opinion on the best approach to the work.
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Lots of people use the terms ‘mason’ and ‘bricklayer’, but there is a difference between the two crafts. A bricklayer is a tradesperson who is skilled in laying bricks in order to build brick structures and ornamental brickwork. A mason (or stone mason), on the other hand, is trained in working with mainly stone but will also regularly work with any combination of stones, blocks, and bricks to construct walls and other structures.
Generally speaking, bricklaying is considered to be one part of the wider trade of masonry. A bricklayer is considered to be skilled in one area of masonry focusing solely on brickwork, whereas a mason would typically be able to work with brick, stone, marble, and other materials.
In reality, both bricklayers and masons work with materials to build walls and other structures – the main difference is what they use to build those structures with.
Do I need a mason or a bricklayer?
For most home improvement projects, traditional brickwork is involved, which means you could hire either a mason or a bricklayer. However, if you need a tradesperson to work with stone, marble or materials other than bricks and mortar, then you’ll most likely need to hire a mason.
As with many tradespeople, you’ll find local bricklayers may also be trained in masonry work too. We recommend speaking to local bricklayers and masons to find the tradesperson with the right skills and experience for what you need them to do.
Hire a reliable local bricklayer
You can find the best local bricklayers in Portland by using our quick and easy online search. Or, use our request a quote feature and we’ll do the legwork for you – we’ll reach out to at least three tradespeople in your area and get them to contact you directly.
All of our members have been checked to make sure they’re the real deal. That way, you can be confident that you’re dealing with reliable professionals who will do a great job. Plus, you can check out reviews for each of our members on their online profile and see what other customers have to say about their work.