Brick Veneer- Advantages, Types, Installation Method
Brick veneer is thinner than the traditional brick siding, easy and lighter handling and effortless installation. It is suitable for both interior and exterior applications.
It also adds warmth, texture and charm to any place and suits any style -traditional, industrial or modern.so the urge to use brick veneer still prevails.
Widely used in the construction industry
It does not support the structural load of the building, if the brick was removed, the house would continue to stand.
Advantages of Brick Veneer
- Light in weight and easy to install.
- It requires a very simple support system.
- Large selection of various colours and textures to suit vintage styles to contemporary styles.
- Saves time and money on labour.
- In exteriors, the air cavity between the brick veneer and substrate helps to keep moisture out and acts as an insulating space.
- It is durable and fireproof.
- Requires less maintenance.
Thickness varies from 1/2″ to 1″.
It is available as
PANEL-12 bricks per sheet remounted on fiberglass mesh for quick installation.
CORNER PIECES AND CORNER SHEETS.
Can be applied on both interior and exterior walls. Interior applications such as accent walls, inset panels, ceilings or brick fireplaces, etc. Exterior applications such as brick siding.
Applied on drywall, cement board or cinder wall.
There are many suitable materials in modern days for masonry veneers. Most common are the materials like natural clay, manufactured clay, natural and artificial stones, cement, sand, concrete, etc.,
The installation method depends on the location (exteriors /interiors), surface (masonry/wood/metal/wallboard, etc.,), type of brick veneer.
In the interior most common method, thin bricks are adhered directly to a suitable substrate surface.
Masonry surface (brick, block, stucco, concrete)
Clean the untreated masonry surface to ensure it is free from dirt and dust. If the surface is too smooth, hack the surface with an axe to create a rough and pitted surface.
Painted or treated surfaces can be coated with a bonding agent or covered with metal lath.
Over framing (wood or metal) with sheathing (plywood, OSB, paneling, gypsum wallboard, concrete board, fiberboard)
On an exterior surface, a weather-resistant barrier (2 layers) must be installed before installing metal lath.
2.Apply Scratch Coat
Apply thin coat of mortar to completely cover the masonry surface or metal lath to create mortar scratch coat. Scratch the surface horizontally with a rake for a rough surface to provide a strong bonding surface for the veneer.
3.Apply or Install Veneer
Apply a 1/2″ thick mortar to the back of the veneer and press the veneer firmly to scratch coat to ensure good bond.
Corner pieces should be installed first alternating short and long legs.
After the corner pieces apply flat pieces starting at the outside to the center of the wall.
Cut and trim stones to fill any gaps to fit or attractive finished surface.
A grout bag is used to fill the joints. Fill the grout bag with mortar mixture and squeeze the small end into the joint area to be filled.
After the mortar joints are firm, scrape away all excess grout in the joint for an appealing and professional finish.
6.Clean and Seal Veneer
Use a cleaner to remove any dirt and stains on the veneer face and apply a water-based sealer to keep veneer clean.