How To Lay A Brick Floor With Brick Slips? Step By Step

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How To Lay A Brick Floor With Brick Slips?

If you’re wondering how to lay a brick floor with brick slips then you’ve come to the right place. Installing a brick slip floor is fairly straight forward but if you’ve never laid a tile or a brick in your life or you’re simply looking for a little guidance then check out our step by step guide below. Let’s get started.

Summary

  • Dry Lay Your Brick Slips
  • Laying Your Tiles
  • Pointing Your Brick Slips
  • Sealing Your New Floor
  • Step 1: Dry Lay Your Brick Slips

    The first step before you fix anything to your floor is to lay out your bricks slips in the pattern you most prefer. There are a few popular brick floor layouts that may have caught your eye already but here’s a little inspiration before you start laying them out. 

    Herringbone,

    Brick bond.

    Staggered 1/3

    Whatever layout you decide to try, just remember that if it doesn’t look how you expected or you don’t like how the pattern looks in the room - you can change it! That’s the whole point of dry laying. 

    Step 2: Lay Your Tiles

    To lay brick tiles, it’s best to start one row at a time. You start the row by marking the brick slip positions with your pencil and ensuring they’re spaced out neatly in the same dry pattern you decided upon in step 1. 


    When you lay your first brick slip it’s important to use a tile adhesive base. This will ensure the brick slips self-level and look nice and neat. 


    Remember to use a brick slip adhesive before placing them down to ensure they stay in place. 


    Once the adhesive cures, they won’t move.

    Step 3: Pointing Your Brick Slips

    The secret to a good pointing job is patience and attention to detail. 


    Prepare your mortar before pointing the brick slips. Sandstone brick slip pointing mortar is a great option if you haven’t purchased anything yet. 


    Use a pointing gun to fill the gaps between the brick slips with mortar ensuring you fill all the gaps.


    Once the mortar has been applied wipe away or use a pointing trowel to remove excess before it dries.


    Use a wire brush to go over the slips horizontally, ensuring you remove any remaining residue from the brick slips. 

    Step 4: Sealing Your New Floor

    There are a number of options to consider when it comes to sealing your brick slip floor. 


    Buy a clear matt, all surface brick slip floor sealer that’s suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. This will ensure your floor slips stay in great shape for a very long time. 


    When you have your sealer and you have gone over the slips with a wire brush (step 3) you’ll need to wait until your mortar has cured completely and has settled.


    As soon as the slips and mortar are dry,  have settled, clean off any stains with washing up liquid and water. 


    Ventilate the room and allow the bricks to dry out. 


    Apply the sealant as per the instructions on your sealer. 


    We hope you found this step by step guide on how to lay a brick slip floor useful. If you haven’t purchased slips for your brick floor - take a look at our site.