Many people want to know how they can install brick slips. The truth is it entirely depends on the project. Different projects will require different requirements for installing brick slips. We will give you a basic rundown on installing brick slips, which will provide you with a basic idea on how to install brick slips or brick slip cladding. If you want to create a brick feature wall and you are looking for some knowledge on how to install brick slips, then you have found your answer in this article.
How many brick slips do you need?
The number of brick slips you’ll need will depend on the supplier you purchase brick slips from. Since different suppliers will provide you with different sizes, there is no right or wrong answer. Make sure that you measure your wall, and the brick slips your supplier provides you with to figure out how many brick slips you will need. This is a crucial aspect of installing brick slips, make sure you get the appropriate measurements before you start installing brick slips.
Do you need corner brick slips?
If you are looking to cover external corners, then you will most definitely need to get corner tiles.
Brick slip corner tiles are different from standard brick slips, as they are shaped like an “L”. The “L” shaped brick slip allows to give out a look that your wall is covered with real brick all around.
What do you need?
Here are some things you will need to install brick slips onto a wall.
- Brick slips and corner brick slips (if needed)
- 10 mm tile spacers
- A sponge or brush
- Brick jointer
- A floor cover (anything which avoids the mess)
- A mixing bucket
- Trowel which is notched
- Pointing mortar or grout
- Mortar pointing piping back or mortar pointing gun and a pointing trowel
- Spirit level
- String line
- A strong wall tile adhesive
- Wooden batten
The first thing you need to do is cover your floor and make sure it covered all around. The last thing you want to do is create a mess. Make sure to wipe down the wall before you start fitting. Cleaning the wall will help you to get rid of any dirt or debris present, as this can interfere with the adhesion.
Prime the wall with diluted PVA, use brush and sponge to apply PVA on the wall, and let it dry.
Fit the brick slips
Once you have prepared your wall, it will be now time to fix your brick slips. When starting, we always recommend you start from the bottom as it makes it easier to keep everything neat. Keep in mind that if you’re using corner brick slips, make sure you install them first before you start installing regular brick slips.
Always follow manufacturers recommendation if you want to get the best out of the adhesive. Start with a small area, to make sure that you feel comfortable installing tiles. Once you get the hang of it, you can get into larger spaces.
When you are using smaller areas, it gives you the time to be meticulous with your work and get the best out of your installation. If you don’t feel comfortable working on large areas, then it is perfectly okay to start with small areas then slowly to move onto larger spaces. The last thing you want is your adhesive to dry out.
Stick the brick slips onto the wall.
Grab the brick firmly, and start applying it onto the adhesive. Keep repeating the process row after row. Always use your spacers to maintain a good distance between each tile.
Fill the gaps with grout
The first thing you need to do is remove the spacers, and once you have removed the spacers, you can move onto the next step. Mix the mortar in the bucket, using the manufacturer’s recommendation.
Start applying the mortar mix onto the gaps; you can use a gun or a bag to make it easier for you. Once finished covering the gaps, let it sit for 30 minutes or as long as it takes to dry.
Striking the mortar
Once the mortar is dry, then it will be time to get your brick jointer. Use the curved end of the tool and remove the mortar. Make sure you do it vertically and horizontally on your new brickwork.
Remove any loose mortar with your brush, lightly shade it out of the wall. Let it sit for 24 hours after.
You should have your wall ready! Make sure you follow the steps above as carefully as possible to ensure the best results.