Adhesive For Your Brick Slips - Which Do You Need?

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Adhesive For Your Brick Slips - Which Do You Need?

Brick slips will transform the appearance of your home in many ways but you might be wondering how you install them. While we have a handy installation guide that you can use, you should make sure that you use the right adhesive.

Essentially, brick slips work much like tiles which means that they have to be stuck onto the wall and to do this, you need to make sure that you use adhesive that will create the right bond. So, in this article, we are going to cover what you need to know about installing brick slips  and the adhesive that you need.

Brick slips are extremely versatile and can be installed onto many different surfaces but you need to understand what those surfaces are and how they impact the installation process.


Porous Surfaces

Porous surfaces are surfaces that absorb moisture. It is common to see brick slips  installed onto these surfaces and this can include the likes of plasterboard, blockwork, brickwork and timber. All of these surfaces will absorb moisture and so, we recommend that you opt for a cement based brick slip adhesive for this.


The most commonly used product is a rapid setting tile adhesive that is cement based and these can be used effectively although you should check the instructions first.


Non-porous Surfaces

Non-porous surfaces are surfaces that do not absorb moisture. This can include plastic, metal or glass. For adhesive to bond to a non-porous surface, it needs a key which is what the adhesive will hold onto.

Therefore, you will need to make sure that you carry out the required work beforehand. You have two options in this case. The first is to prepare the surface with a bonding agent that you can use to create a key. Some bonding agents will come with an aggregate in it and when applied, the grit forms a key for the adhesive to bond with. The other option is to use an epoxy-based adhesive. These are adhesives that contain certain materials that make it possible for the adhesive to grip to non-porous surfaces. If you use cement-based adhesive on non-porous surfaces, you will find that it simply falls away from the wall and you won’t be able to fit your brick slips .


What About Fire Cement?

If you are fitting brick slips around a fireplace then you can install them using the two adhesives we have covered above. However, you will need to fill the mortar joints with fire cement as this will ensure that the mortar does not fail.

So, the type of surface you are fitting your brick slips on will determine the type of adhesive you use. It is important to make the right choice and carry out the right prep work where required. This will ensure that you complete the job successfully and that your brick slips  remain in place, helping them to last and continuously do the job they are intended to do.