ABOUT THE BRICKS
Selling of the bricks is what finances the Veterans Photo Wall. This is voluntary and not required to have a photo placed on the wall. Many folks have purchased bricks whether they have a photo on the wall or not.
Placement of a photo on the Wall and purchasing a brick for the Walk of Honor
are two separate actions.
The bricks sold for the Photo Wall project are laser engraved and give results
which far surpass those of traditional engraving methods - in durability,
clarity, and cost effectiveness. We also have a few questions
and answers about the laser engraved bricks and tiles below.
Why is the engraving shallow?
Depth has been defined as durability, but the very element that creates
breakdown is depth! Deep engraving contributes towards weakening and voids the
brick of its strength. For example, the letters "A", "B", "P", "R", etc., when
deeply engraved, result in a valley constituting the entire letter, except for
the inside of the letter. Over a period of time or simply at installation, this
small projected "island" is subject to chipping or breaking away, causing the
letter to be illegible.
Environmental debris (sand, dirt, etc.) accumulates within the deep engraving,
in turn causing maintenance and legibility problems.
What is the brick filled with?
The mark is actually hardened glass! Our process is created
with the technology of lasers. The lasers apply intensive heat to a specific
area, transforming the clay product into a hardened glass.
What is the advantage of the hardened glass method over paint, grout or
The hardened glass method eliminates the fading and breakdown (and the
resulting costs and inconveniences!) encountered with the paint, grout or
Glass is an inorganic, inert substance and is not subject to chemicals, acid
rain or infrared and ultraviolet rays (i.e., sunlight). No fading! No additional
cost! No additional maintenance.!
Paints, grouts and epoxies are organiz substances and are subject to infrared
and ultraviolet rays. Over a period of time, these substances will fade and
break down as a result of sunlight, acid rain, chemicals, and other
environmental hazards. With filled bricks, cost and inconvenience become a
factor in refilling each brick, or, if left unattended, a permanently damaged
brick. In most cases, breakdown would result in replacement of the brick.
How long will the brick engraving last?
The manufacturer guarantees a lifetime of durability.
How long does the surface of a brick remain durable?
The conclusion is . . . indefinitely! How many brick surfaces have you
seen that are worn down? Not many! True, bricks that have been on the ground for
hundreds of years do show signs of wear. For example, in Philadelphia brick
streets, buildings, and walls have lasted for hundreds of years. Horses and
buggies traveled across these bricks time and time again, causing wear. Our
ancestors produced bricks with the industrial abilities and resources of their
time. With today's technology, computer-controlled high temperature kilns
produce a far superior brick.
In today's world of vast technology, we do not have to contend with horses
and buggies. High quality and durability is required from the brick
manufacturers. For many years, bricks have been manufactured to build
structurally sound buildings, homes, schools, walkways, parks, etc. They can
certainly withstand the traffic of pedestrians, wheelchairs, vehicles, etc.