Will I Need to Seal Brick Slips?
Brick Slips come in many different forms which means that you can take advantage of both clay Brick Slips and precast Brick Slips. They provide a versatile and stunning alternative to tiles and any other form of wall cladding that is currently available.
From hallways to bedrooms, living rooms to bathrooms and kitchens to offices, they are suitable for almost any room.
I’ll Install them Anywhere and I won’t Have a Problem
It’s common for people to consider Brick Slips to be more durable than anything else that is currently on the market and it’s fair to say that this is probably the case. After all, Brick Slips are made from real bricks and as these bricks are to build walls and houses, then why wouldn’t they be able to withstand being installed inside a home?
Well, the reality is that they will be able to withstand anything that a home throws at it, which also includes children and pets but why not go one step further? If you are investing money in Brick Slips then you’re going to want to make sure that they really do continue to look their best. Whether you go for Reclaimed Red Brick Slips which have a worn look or the smart Black Brick Slips, you still want to take care of them and that can be done by sealing them but is this necessary?
To Seal or Not to Seal
In the same way as you would seal other materials, you might be wondering if this is necessary when it comes to Brick Slips, after all, we all know how hard wearing bricks are. Despite this, it all comes down to where you are choosing to install them.
If you are opting to install your Brick Slips in a room such as your Living Room or your Hallway then you are not going to need to seal them. This is because they are simply placed on the wall and are not going to be exposed to anything more than touching or knocks from bags or excitable children. In most cases, we are confident that your Brick Slips will be able to withstand this kind of use but when you install them in a different part of the home then more consideration is required.
There are two areas of the home that are frequently exposed to moisture and grease are the kitchen and bathrooms. When they are installed in these areas then it is recommended that they are sealed.
If you are using them as a form of splashback then they can become covered in grease and will require wiping down. Should you want to install them in a wet room or a bathroom then they will be constantly exposed to water and that can lead to problems. At this point, we understand what you are thinking and yes, bricks do spend most of their time battling with the elements but having bricks that absorb water within the home is not recommended and that’s where sealing can help to avoid problems.
So, there is no denying that Brick Slips look beautiful, regardless of where they are installed. However, if you install them in bathrooms and kitchens then you need to make sure that they are waterproof and wipe proof. What this means is that you should opt to use a high-quality sealer that delivers a watertight seal behind the tiles as this will help to prevent any moisture from entering the wall behind them.
Furthermore, it is also recommended that silicone is used around all edges and around any adjoining areas or surfaces.
So, if you are installing Brick Slips, with the right approach and planning, you can make sure that the installation really does last as long as possible while continuing to look its best.