With regards to our previous blog “Engraved Bricks – You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know”, we would like to share photos of bricks engraved with obsolete engraving technologies such as sandblasted bricks filled with paint and/or epoxy.
These processes do not provide a lifetime guarantee. Although, it may be stated that the product has a lifetime guarantee and will remain legible, the appearance of the product over time will begin to deteriorate.
Deeply engraved text and graphics may be detrimental to the structure of the brick. It may compromise the strength of the brick. Letters, such as “A”, “P”, “R”, etc., when deeply engraved, cause a valley around the entire letter with the exception of the inside portion of the letter.
Over a period of time or at the point of installation, this small “island” portion of the letter is subject to chipping or breaking away, causing the letter to be illegible.
The methods of sandblasting or pantographing require a paint, epoxy or grout fill to create a contrast. When using paint, epoxy or grout fill methods, these materials will deteriorate over time when exposed to the elements.
Laser engraving technology does not require any filler. The laser engraving process converts the engraved portion of the existing clay product into a hardened glass by the process of vitrification.
Hence the engraving and brick product are still of one substrate. The hardened glass engraving and its color are both a result of 100% natural inorganic earth element materials. This is the ultimate in “Green” technology. No solvents, paints, plastics or VOCs (volatile organic compounds) are used in Brick Markers engraving processes.
The indelible engraving is actually harder than the brick itself. Clay brick and glass are two substances that stand the test of time! Brick Markers® warrants, through its written Lifetime Warranty, that its patented Vitralase®/Vitrix® vitrification processes will be of good quality and workmanship and will not fade, chip, oxidize, peel or separate from the brick, paver or tile for the life of the engraved brick, paver or tile.
We stand behind our product 100% and we are providing this information to educate you and your organization about the advantages of our patented laser engraving processes. You can have all of the benefits of laser engraving at a price that is competitive with obsolete engraving technologies