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How Do You Fix Brick Slips?

A very common question among home owners is how to fix brick slips to a wall. Installing brick slips can be very easy providing that you have all the right tools and accessories you need to make the process a success. Keep in mind that fundamentally these products need to be treated as a tile so the same basic guidelines apply when it comes to the installation of brick slips to your wall.

One of the first things to consider is the choosing the right coloured and textured brick slips. There are so many different options to choose from and this means that you can be creative and create almost any feature wall beautiful feature and outside your home. Brick slips are not only easy to install but they are very versatile and you can choose from premium of such as glazed bricks slips as well as brick slips with a glass like finish and even bright colours such as yellow and purple.

Once you have selected the right brick slip to use the next thing you should consider is choosing the right adhesive. Adhesive plays a very important part of fixing your brick slips to the wall and this means that you need to know which one to choose. All brick slips can’t be installed with the same type of adhesive to knowing the difference will help you choose the right adhesive you install.

Types of adhesive

keep in mind that traditional brick walls are constructed using conventional sand and cement mortar. This is not recommended for installing brick slips is the bond strength of mortar will not be enough to ensure safe installation for brick slips. You can choose the proxy as an adhesive although it can be an expensive product. It is often also difficult to work with so although it is capable of being used with an installation is not the best choice in all types of brick slip installations.

Cement-based adhesives are often recommended as the best type of adhesive is to use for your brick slip installation. These cement-based adhesives are capable of dividing bond strengths that are as high as the epoxy but they are much more reliable and easier to work with. Due to the ease of use and the fact that it is rapidly setting as well, they offer the best performance across all brick slip installations.

If you need to install brick slips across a steel structure that might be vibrating from time to time, it is recommended that you use a rubber latex-based adhesive. If you are unsure of the type of adhesive the use you can ask a brick slip expert to give you helpful advice on the benefits and drawbacks of each option.

Installation methods

keep in mind brick slips are a special design feature that offers a decorative solution to various interior and exterior walls. Brick slips are not structural, meaning they are not used to offer strength your wall and should never be used as a structural part of building a home. They are simply brick tiles that can be used to decorate the inside of your interior walls to create a beautiful feature wall in popular areas in the home.

Here are a few installation tips you can follow when installing brick tiles:

  • As with any installation you need to ensure that there is a high quality of workmanship going into the installation and that it is up to standard.
  • Make sure that this substrate is structurally sound and able to carry the weight of the brick slips, as well as adhesive and the mortar.
  • Keep in mind that adhesive is not instant so you may need to support the first few courses until the adhesive initially grabs and. You can do this with a timber batten that is fixed directly to the subset or if you work from the ground level mean you can support it from the ground.
  • You can use subsequent courses to conveniently space out the rest of the brick slip tiles.
  • Thickness of brick tiles is something that will vary from one manufacturer to the next. It is always recommended that you follow the product installation guide.
  • Post installation pointing can be done using traditional sand and cement mortar or you can also use a gun injected mortar.
  • Always make sure that you coat the brick slips completely with adhesive and be careful to avoid any voids in the bed. If this is not done with installation water can collate forces slips to come loose, especially under very cold conditions.

If you are in doubt when it comes to fixing brick slips to walk contact an expert brick slip installer to give the help and advice you need to undertake this project. Also be sure to compare the various different brick slips you can find the ideal option for your specific wall.

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