The Difference Between Laser Engraving and Sandblasting

December 8, 2015

When it comes to engraved bricks, did you know you could pick between laser engraving and sandblasting?

The words, the names, the images and the symbols you see on bricks in that memorial courtyard or school pathway are not all created the same.  Some are created using the sandblasting process while others are created using laser engraving.

Here at Bricks R Us, an engraved brick company, we are well familiar with both processes.  Both are available to our customers for their engraved brick fundraising projects.  In today’s blog post, we’re explaining the two processes to better inform our customers and readers of this blog.

Laser Engraving and Sandblasting


This process has been around since 1870.  The process originally involved the use of sand blown at high speeds to clean or chisel at a surface.  But sand was eventually replaced by the healthier choice of air.  It was used for industrial purposes like removing rust, polishing metal before painting it, cleaning boats and smoothing works of stone, concrete and brick.

Today its decorative uses include lettering and engraving brick, crystal and other stone.  Here at Bricks we complement the sandblasting process with the latest in computer-assisted manufacturing technology.  This provides a deep, clean and crisp engraving, which ensures its longevity.  It is still the preferred method with many grave stones and monuments.

Laser engraving

Here at Bricks R Us we use a patent-pending laser engraving process called Perma-Grav.  This unique process offers the ultimate in durability when it comes to engraving bricks.  In fact, Perma-Grav was tested in the most rigorous environments and it has been proven to be one of the top engraving methods available today.

Perma-Grav produces precise detail, which allows our customers to order any engraved image they’d like from simple text to fully detailed graphics.

So which brick engraving process are you interested in?  Whether you choose laser engraving or sandblasting, Bricks R Us offers a lifetime guarantee with both processes.  Interested in starting an engraved brick fundraising project?  Contact us today.

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