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How to install manufactured brick veneers.

Manufactured brick veneer can turn your ugly drywall into a timeless focal point of your room.

There are many benefits of using manufactured brick veneers and thin man made brick veneers. Thin manufactured brick veneers weight considerably less therefore donít require footing. Also, ease of installation, availability of wide range of colors and cost saving benefits are making manufactured brick veneers a viable choice.

Manufactured brick veneer wall.

However, to fully appreciate the outcome of your DIY brick veneer project you have to keep some simple but important guidelines during installation.

The following article will outline the necessary steps you need to take for a successful manufactured brick veneer installation.

The first step is preparation.  In order to determine the required square footage of the manufactured brick veneers needed, you have to take some measurements of the area you wish to veneer.

Measure the height and the length of the wall in feet and multiply the numbers. That should give you the exact square-ft you will need to cover your wall. If you have windows or doors deduct the area from the total square footage. Measure the corners in linear feet. One linear foot of corner pieces would cover about 0.75sft. So the number of linear feet of corners should be multiplied by 0.75. That amount should be deducted from the total square footage of flat (not corners) brick veneers. It is always advisable to order some extra bricks (5-10%) for cutting and possible breakage.

The next step is to determine the type of the wall you install your manufactured brick veneers on. If the wall is drywall you have to take some extra steps to reinforce it. There are two ways to do this. One is to install wire mess on the top of the drywall (adhered to the studs) and put a fine layer of mortar called screech coat. After this set (in about a day or so) you can install your man made brick veneers directly on the screech coat. Applying the mortar can be time consuming and messy. If you wish to speed up the process choose to install cement backer boards directly on top of the dry wall. You do this the same way as you would install the wire mesh. 1/8th of an inch backer boards with an inch drywall screws attached to the studs behind the wall. Manufactured brick veneer installed over drywall.

(You will need a decent stud finder to locate the studs beneath the drywall.) Once the reinforcement is done, you shall apply bonding agent on the top of the cement backer boards. This will ensure the proper bonding of your manufactured brick veneers.

After applying the bonding agent you can mix your mortar.

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I would advice you to mix your thinset to a much harder consistency than you would for any other tile or natural stone. The reason for this is to prevent the thin manufactured brick veneers from sliding down after you stick it to the wall. We also add a splash of white bonding additive to the mixture for better overall performance. Keep in mind that this is just the setting material, the grouting process require a different type of mortar.

The next step is the layout.

How to install manufactured brick veneer.

To ensure that your brick courses are going to be level you should have some type of a guideline. There are two easy ways to achieve this.  One is marking straight horizontal guidelines for your reference on each brick course. Or you should have a so called ďstory boardĒ on the two ends of your wall. The story board is basically a wood strip that is marked out the perfect outlines of each courses of your brick veneer wall. Shown on picture↓

 You should also have a line and two line block to hold the string line on place. You can spread the thin set mortar on the wall with a 1/4th inch notched trowel; in about a foot in height (donít spread more because it will dry on the wall and the brick veneers are not going to stick). And simply press the brick veneers on the wall in the thin-set. Wiggle it a little, set it to your string line and let it go. The suction of the thin set mortar will hold the brick in place.

 Thin brick veneer installation.

Note: Mix the thin set in a thick peanut butter consistency. Too soft mortar will allow the bricks to slide down. This is important you donít want to miss this step.

Manufactured brick veneers around arhes.

After installing all the manufactured bricks in the row (or course) you should raise the line up to the next mark on your story board and keep going until you reach the top of your wall. Periodically stand back a few feet from your wall and verify that all of the bricks are in place. Adjust accordingly.

These steps will ensure that the brick veneer wall will be straight and level on every course.If you have corners, doors or arched windows start with them first. You might need to do some cutting around windows and corners. A decent grinder or a wet table saw will do it just fine. Mark your manufactured brick veneers and cut it with the saw of your choice.

Quick tip: After you reach the last four courses underneath the ceiling you should measure the distance between your ceiling and the top of your last course. It will help you to determine the exact spacing of your last brick courses. If you spaced your brick courses the right way you should end up with one full brick on the last course. Never cut the last course of your brick wall. It will look unprofessional.

Grouting:

The next step after installing all of your manufactured brick veneers is grouting.

The most popular color for grouting brick veneers is grey. For this color the usual S-type mortar is satisfactory. In case if you wish to see some different color in your joints you will have to mix the color of your choice. This can be done using the mixture of white S-type of mortar and simple sanded tile grout in the color you prefer.

 Grouted manufactured brick veneers.

Quick tip: It is important to mix the colored grout that will fill the whole entire wall in one batch. If you are unable to achieve this you should keep very accurate measurements of your ingredients that mixed the color of your desire. Otherwise you could be seeing differences in the tones of your colors in your joint lines.

Manufactured brick veneers installed with colored grout.

Important: Mix the colored grout that would cover the whole entire wall in one batch. If you are unable to achieve this you should keep very accurate measurements of your ingredients. Otherwise you could be seeing differences in the tones of your colors in your joint lines.

 

After filling up the joints between the brick veneers you should strike it with a concave tool and lightly brush the area with a soft brush.

To apply the grout you will need a grout bag from home depot. I would suggest cutting the bag a little more to allow mortar to flow a bit easier. The consistency of the mortar should be rather wet. Fill the head joints first and then all the vertical ones. If your mortar becomes dry enough to the touch you can tool it either with a concave tool and a brush or just simply cut the excess mud off and over grout the joints with brushing the surface even with a soft brush.

 

Installing manufactured brick veneers is relatively easy. And if you are keeping these simple guidelines in mind during the installation, you will have a brick wall that all your friends and neighbors will envy and admire.

 

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