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INSTALLATION OF BRICK TILES
& BRICK CLADDING

STICK METHOD

Also referred to as brick slips, brick veneer, thin bricks or brick cladding, our brick tiles can be applied directly to pre-existing masonry or compressed cement sheeting using flexible based tile glues. The adhesive chosen must meet or exceed ANSI 118.4 and ANSI 118.11 adhesion standards. The substrate must be engineered to support 33kg per square metre. 


Just like a tile, the tiles are spaced using spacers, the actual spacing used is determined by the look you may be after but can vary from no gap to about 10mm for that traditional brick wall look.

Once the tiles are stuck, spacers are removed and the joints are mortared using a mortaring gun. If stuck with no gap, no mortaring is required. Brick cladding has a wide range of applications including interior feature walls, kitchen or bathroom backsplashes and cladding exterior walls including walls built from Besser or Hebel blocks.

As with all building work, if you are unsure of the appropriate method of construction, advice should be sought from a qualified builder or building engineer to ensure all work complies with relevant building standards.

MECHANICAL METHOD

A rail based system is also available for installation, this can be used on both existing masonry and cement sheeting, but also allows for cladding directly to timber or steel framed buildings. The substrate must be engineered to support 33kg per square metre.  An example of our rail mounting system is shown above.

The rail system is designed so that each rail sits atop the rail immediately below, by doing this a 10mm gap between the rows is maintained. Once the rails have been attached to the substrate, each brick tile/clad is inserted into the rail. Each brick tile/clad can have a "blob" of adhesive applied to stop movement of the tiles before final mortaring/pointing. Once all the brick tiles are fixed in place, the gaps are mortared using a mortaring gun.

As with all building work, if you are unsure of the appropriate method of construction, advice should be sought from a qualified builder or building engineer to ensure all work complies with relevant building standards.

 

SEALING

Once all of the tiling is complete and the adhesive has dried, you may wish to add a first coat of sealant to protect the brick tiles (this is optional – but recommended especially in kitchen areas to avoid any grease splashes or marks). Ensure the tiles are clean, dry and free of dust before the sealant is applied with a brush

 

MORTAR CHOICE

Choosing a mortar colour is really important. Broadly mortar colours can be divided into four broad types: dark grey/black, grey, yellow (buttery) and white (creamy).


Yellow/Buttery Mortar

Yellow or a buttery colour is the most common colour used and is produced by using a yellow brick sand combined with an off white cement, this will produce a buttery coloured mortar, the addition of hydrated lime will lighten this colour further.


Creamy White

For a creamy white mortar you use a white brick sand with a pure white cement.


Grey

This is the most simplest mortar colour to achieve and is just a simple mix of grey cement and yellow brick sand. Standard grey mortar can also be purchased premixed in most hardware stores.


Dark Grey to Black

For dark grey to black mortars a black oxide must be added to the standard grey cement. Black oxides can be purchased readily at most hardware stores.


Both sand, cements and coloured oxides are readily available from hardware stores (e.g. Bunnings). To stress the point, yellow and white mortar can not be produced with the standard grey cement and for a true white mortar you must use a pure white cement, not an off white cement. Links to examples of these products can be found below:

We are happy to supply the correct cement for you.....just ask.

If you want a very traditional white mortar you can also use hydraulic lime (not to be confused with hydrated lime), it is unlikely that you will find hydraulic lime in a normal hardware store but we are happy to supply it for you....just ask.


Mortaring can be done via a few methods but the easiest way for beginners is a mortaring gun, again we are happy to supply you with a mortaring gun.....just ask.

WET AREA SEALING

There is no need to seal brick tiles, but if used in a wet area (e.g. kitchen) sealing does allow bricks to be more easily wet wiped. When sealing the sealant should be rolled or sprayed on, not brushed. Numerous sealants are available and include sealants designed to produce a natural look to those designed to create a permanent wet look.

IMPORTANT

* As with all building work, advice should be sought from qualified professionals if you are unsure of any aspect of brick laying, cladding or paving.

Think Brink

Think Brick is the Australian clay brick and paver manufacturers association and they have a large range of instructional manuals available covering all aspects of brick masonry. These manuals are freely available and can be downloaded from their website