Difference between English Bond and Flemish Bond

Looking for the difference between English Bond and Flemish Bond? Then here your doubts will be cleared.

English Bond is bond is considered to be the strongest bond between brickwork bonds because it does not contain any continuous vertical connections. Flemish Bond can produce both sides that are flatter compared to the other bond.

English Bond VS Flemish Bond

Here are the points that help you to understand the difference between English bond and Flemish bond.

English Bonds

  • This bond is the most widely used.
  • The English bond consists of a layer of brick head (header) and brick side (stretcher) interspersed with layers i.e. one layer of brick head and one layer of brick side surface in different layers.
  • For example if the first layer is started with a brick head, the second layer must be in the brick side layer or vice versa.
  • A half cover brick must be placed after the corner brick head on the brick head layer. The use of this half cover is to avoid a continuous vertical connection and give a uniform mount i.e. a brick quarter.
  • On thick walls, all the bricks on the inside are arranged horizontally.
  • This type of bond is considered to be the strongest bond between brickwork bonds because it does not contain any continuous vertical connections.
  • Therefore it is suitable for use in places that require strength such as exterior walls of buildings, soil retaining walls and others.

Flemish Bonds

  • These bonds consist of brick heads and brick sides arranged alternately in the same layer.
  • A half cover brick must be placed after the corner brick head at its corners to create a uniform mount i.e. ¼ brick.
  • Continuous vertical connections occur deep within the wall but are not visible on the wall surface.
  • When both sides of the wall surface show a Flemish arrangement it is called ‘Flemish Twins’.
  • If one side of the wall surface shows a Flemish arrangement and the other side shows an English arrangement then it is called ‘Single Flemish’.
  • This bond can produce both sides of the wall face that are flatter compared to the other bonds. Therefore, this bond is suitable for use in building walls that will not be plastered.