Brick veneers are thin bricks that provide the same appearance as full bricks. Brick veneer doesn't require the structural support that full brick walls need. Brick veneer is more fire resistant than traditional wall surfaces and can be installed by most lay persons. Eliminating the cost of hiring a professional for the installation, makes brick veneer a cost-effective way to have an interior brick wall.
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Things you need
- Brick veneer tiles
- Tile Saw
- Thin boards cut to 3/8 inch lengths
- Pointing tool
Apply mortar to the wall surface with a notch trowel. Spread the mortar over the wall in small sections. Used the notched edge of the trowel to create grooves in the mortar.
Lay the first row of brick veneer, starting with a full brick. Press the first brick firmly into the mortar at the bottom right corner of the wall. Place a piece of the 3/8-inch strip of wood beside the brick as a guide and press the next brick firmly in the mortar beside it. Continue the process to complete the first row of bricks.
Lay a spacer above the first row to create the grout line between the first and second row of bricks. Install the second row, starting with a half-brick in the bottom right corner, directly above the first full brick and it's spacer. Push the half-brick firmly into the mortar. Install a spacer beside the brick and install a full size brick beside the half-brick. Continue until the second row is complete.
Push a spacer board into the mortar above the second row and start the third row with a full brick. Press a full brick into position at the bottom right corner, pushing it firmly into the mortar. Lay the third row, adding spacers between each brick. Continue to alternate full and half-bricks at the beginning of each row to stagger the grout lines.
Install all the full and half size bricks first and then cut pieces to fit around light switches and outlets with a tile saw. Measure the distance between the spacer and the opening for light switches and outlets. Transfer that measurement to a brick veneer tile and cut to fit with the tile saw. Install the brick by pushing firmly into the mortar.
Fill the grout lines with mortar after installing all the bricks. Use a pointing tool, a small pointed trowel, to push mortar into the gaps between the bricks. Smooth the grout by running the end of the pointing tool along the grout line.
Wash the brick wall clean with a wet sponge to remove any mortar from the brick surface. Change the water and rinse the sponge frequently.
Tips and warnings
- Install brick veneer in a dry-stack arrangement, so the bricks butt up against each other without grout between them. Follow the same installation process but don't leave space between the bricks or apply grout.
- Do not use a spacer between the brick and openings for outlets or light switches.
- If a full row of bricks doesn't fit at the top of the wall, consider turning the bricks so they run vertically and cut to fit the space. If the gap is too small to apply the thin-set or mortar to the wall, apply it to the brick veneer and press the brick veneer to the wall to install.
- If spacers are cut from a board thinner than the width of the brick, grout over the top of them. Otherwise, remove the spacers prior to grouting the brick wall.
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