What Challenges Should You Consider When Installing Brick Slips

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What Challenges Should You Consider When Installing Brick Slips

Installing brick slips is a relatively simple task once you have taken care of all the necessary prep work. This is especially true when it comes to fitting them to a blank wall with no problems. However, what happens if you are installing brick slips on a wall that has certain problems? What things should you look for and what action should you take?

We aim to offer you a range of challenges that you might encounter and what is required to put them right.

 

Damp Walls

If you remove existing plaster, wallpaper or paint and find that the surface beneath is damp, you might think that your brick slips will hide the problem. Sure, putting anything over the damp will hide it but it doesn’t solve the problem. Damp is a serious problem and fitting brick slips over the top of damp will also mean that they won’t fix firmly in place.

So, you should seek to find the source of the problem because the problem will continue to get worse and will cost you more money to put right in the future.

 

Cabling

You might find that you have cabling in trunking on your existing walls and if you do, you have to make sure you deal with this before you fit your brick slips. There is no guarantee that trunking will stick to brick slips when they are in place, so you should do all you can to make sure you rectify this issue before you get your brick slips.

This might mean that you have to chase your cabling into the walls to ensure that they are hidden but you will also want to make sure that they can be accessed if required should a problem arise.

 

Damaged Walls

Covered walls can hide a myriad of problems that you might not see before you fit your brick slips. The bond that your brick slips have to the wall is only as strong as the bond of the surface that is covering the walls. So, if you have blown areas, wallpaper, flaking paint or damaged brickwork, then it is time to make sure you spend time rectifying the problem.

 

Floorboards and Coving

You might want to think about removing both of these because the brick slips with the adhesive could mean that the brick slips are deeper than the depth of both of them. This means that they would protrude out further than them and look slightly odd. If you do remove, then, be sure that the surface beneath them is perfect and suitable for fitting over.

As stated, brick slips are relatively easy to fit but to make sure that the installation is perfect, you will need to spot any potential problems that might arise. Spend a little time doing this and you will save yourself a lot of time and hassle in the long run as well as costs because these issues could mean that your brick slip installation isn’t quite right.