Forget imitation brick - ours are REAL BRICK cut thin -
Brick facings, also known as brick slips, brick cladding or brick tiles are simply a slimline brick, typically 22mm thick. Due to their slimline nature, they can be used as a tile to cover walls and floors in a manner similar to ceramic tiles. The most striking feature of our brick facings is that they are a genuine brick, not brick patterned wall paper or fake plastic brick cladding, bringing a more luxurious and high quality finish to your space. We offer brick facings in numerous brick styles which ranges from classic old red brick facings, to a reclaimed and rustic feel to less common varieties. Most of our brick facings are available with brick corner pieces to ensure a perfect finish.
When it comes to installation, brick facings are essentially similar to ceramic tiles. To learn more about installation click here.
Advantages of brick facings
Bricks are one of the most sustainable and durable building materials.
Fire retardant and water resistant - this is such an important characteristic, bricks are non-combustible making them the safe choice for any building unlike aluminium composite or wood panelling.
Being genuine handcrafted brick, they have that natural look that simply can't be replicated by faux varieties.
Termite proof, mould resistant, mildew resistant.
Do not crack or rot - totally weather resistant.
Lightweight and durable - a quarter the weight of a brick wall but hard and durable.
POPULAR BRICK FACINGS STYLES
All Handmade! All Unique! All Timeless!
Just the most popular, check out our brick store for all styles!
A handmade ivory brick tile with subtle hues of terracotta. The classic heritage brick of Suffolk, England.
HOW MANY BRICK FACINGS DO I NEED?
Estimating how many brick facings you need is really quite easy. Multiply the height (m) and width (m) of the wall or the width (m) and breadth (m) of the floor area you need covered, this will allow you to calculate the square meters required. If you want to covert this to individual facings, multiply the square meterage by 56 (this assumes a 10mm mortar gap). For brick facing corners, measure the linear metres of external corners that need cladding (in mm) and divide this number by 75mm, this will calculate the number of individual brick facing corners you will need. We advise that you order 5% more than required to allow for wastage during installation.
WHAT ABOUT GLAZED BRICK TILES?
Glazed Brick Facings provide an elegant and stylish feature for both residential and commercial interiors and exteriors. Each hand crafted brick or brick tile is created by our skilled brick makers, before being coated in a specialist glaze and fired in the kilns. Adding a glazed brick into your space will add a level of sophistication, class and elegance.
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS
Dust down the prepared surface and remove any grease or dirt. Seal the surface with a suitable primer or waterproofing if required. Mark out level lines using a spirit level on the blank wall surface. The surface must be able to support 40kg per square metre.
Mix the tile adhesive to the desired consistency following manufacturer’s instructions. You can either apply the glue to the wall or alternatively butter the backs of the brick tiles. The adhesive chosen must meet or exceed ANSI 118.4 and ANSI 118.11 adhesion standards. Commonly used adhesives include Monoflex or Ardex X17.
Apply the first course of brick facings to the surface in the desired pattern, cutting in where necessary. Use spacers to space the brick tiles to the desired spacing. Note, brick facings do not need to be spaced, a dry stack look can be achieved by butting the brick facings up against each other.
Once all of the tiling is complete, the adhesive has dried and the facings are completely dry, brush down to remove all excess dust with a stiff brush. Do not rush this step, take the time to get the bricks completely dry and brush thoroughly from top to bottom.
Step 5. (Optional)
While many of our brick facings come with white scumming by default, for many it can be applied as an option. If adding a mineral white wash to your brick facings do so at this stage.
Step 6. (Optional)
You may wish to add a first coat of sealant to protect the brick facings (this is optional – but recommended in kitchen areas to avoid any grease splashes or marks). Please see section below for more information on sealing.
Step 7. Pointing or German Schmear
Following the manufacturer’s instructions, mix the pointing mortar or premade grout to the desired consistency and colour. Add mortar into the pointing gun and apply the mortar into the joints, then either strike off the excess using a jointing tool or "smear off" with a dry cloth (i.e. German Schmear). Please note there is a difference between pointing and smearing. Pointing will give a cleaner look while smearing will produce a more rustic finish. The "German Schmear" technique often produces the best results and plenty of tutorials for this technique can be found online but general rules for this technique are:
A) To create a heavily textured German smear, add less water. For a thinner and more translucent texture, add more water.
B) For more complete "smear" coverage, instead of pointing the mortar into the joints you can smear it on using a gloved hand making sure you also get it into the joints.
C) Before the mortar begins to set (which can take anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes, depending on the temperature and humidity) use a trowel, wire brush or wet sponge to remove some of it from the surface of the bricks. How much you remove depends on personal preference. If you take off a small amount of mortar, you’ll end up with a softly muted look, since merely a hint of the original brick colour will show through.
D) It can also be a good idea to do traditional pointing first then add the smear on top, this is a good way to achieve a translucent smear.
E) There is no right or wrong to the "German Schmear" its just personal preference - its always best to test batches of mortar and application styles to spare bricks before you start on the main project to determine the type of smeared finish you want.
Step 8. (Optional)
Once the area is pointed and dry, ensure the slips are clean, dry and free of dust. If sealing (optional), apply a final coat of sealer to protect the surface of the brickwork.
IMPORTANT: RECLAMATION STYLES
Our reclamation style brick facings, which can be identified by the white scumming on the brick surface (and the use of the term reclamation in their name), should not be wet sponged. During pointing, the excess mortar should be cut off with a trowel. Mortar dags and smears on the work face should be removed by dry brushing within 1-2 days. We advise that only white mortars should be used with our reclamation styles, this allows the mortar to match the colour of the white scumming on the brick facings.
The above advice is for pointing only, if using a smear technique feel free to wet sponge.
Please also be aware that as our brick facings are cut from genuine handmade brick when you get them they may be still wet or damp. The final colour will not become apparent until they have dried. The difference between a wet and dry brick facing can be seen below.
TOOLS REQUIRED OR HANDY TO HAVE
Brick facings of your choice
Flexible tile adhesive
Mortar - typically a sand cement mix
Brick Jointing Tool
Pointing mortar gun or piping bag (highly recommended)
Sealant (Optional - Matt or Gloss depending on what look you want)
Angle grinder with masonry wheel
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