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Old 23-10-2017, 09:48 AM   #1
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Morning all.
Long time lurker needs some help.
I am in the process of having a garage rebuilt.
The builder has promised me that block will be fine and dry. I have so many doubts in my head as brick is the building material I always see.
Can anyone help me?
It will be approx 6m x3.5
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Old 23-10-2017, 12:14 PM   #2
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Will it be a single skin or a cavity wall?

Your exterior leaf would always be a facing brick unless you are using a block and then having it rendered. Aesthetics play a big part in that though.

For it to remain dry inside it needs to be a cavity wall, otherwise driving rain can penetrate. I'd also expect a single skin garage to be damper in general in terms of humidity also, partially because you would have no insulation given the lack of a cavity.

Most commonly the inner leaf would be block, now these vary a lot, although I'd rather have a heavier weight block as they can bear more weight in terms of fixing things to the wall such as brackets.
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Old 23-10-2017, 12:36 PM   #3
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I've a single layer block garage, rendered and painted. It is dry inside and the walls stay dry.

An insulated brick garage would of course be much better, but mines detached and at the end of the garden, its not heated and has my car, pushbikes, tools and stuff in. I wouldn't sleep in it.

It's all about cost though, my garage is approx 30sqm and cost me circa £3.5k (from memory) to build including foundations and flat roof, but i provided all the labour to the builder, mixing and lifting stuff (which nearly killed me! lol). If i had the money at the time, i would have been an insulated brick one.
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Old 23-10-2017, 12:40 PM   #4
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Would need to be a single skin due to size constraints. I cannot get brick cavity and block in the room I have.

There are currently a load of block's on my drive. Builder starts Wednesday. Were were going to render.

I'm terrible at making my mind up but brick seems far less permeable
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I'm no builder, but we painted the rendering with a 20 year weather paint (as we did the whole house) and have not had any problems to be fair. The external blocks below the render outside we painted with bitument type paint. As long as there is a DPC in the floor and blockwork then it should stop anything from the ground.
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Old 23-10-2017, 12:54 PM   #6
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Would need to be a single skin due to size constraints. I cannot get brick cavity and block in the room I have.

There are currently a load of block's on my drive. Builder starts Wednesday. Were were going to render.

I'm terrible at making my mind up but brick seems far less permeable
If it is being rendered it will be fine, bricks (depending on type) will be no better, in fact some facing bricks will actually be worse for stopping driving rain penetrating through than rendered block.
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Old 23-10-2017, 01:28 PM   #7
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You could also consider cladding the block work with wood...
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as long as the blockwork is sealed and covered with something like render it will be fine, as you say its a garage its not a house so it doesn't need to be insulated if its not attached to a house, it just neds to be dry which it will be...
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When you're working white emulsion in to all of the little nooks and cranny's, you'll wish you'd used brick........
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Thanks for the replies. Makes me feel a bit better.
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