Frequently Asked Questions
What is Brickweb Thin Brick?
Brickweb is an award winning - patented thin brick product made from the highest quality real kiln-fired clay brick sliced into ½ faces. Several thin bricks are pre-mounted on a durable, fire resistant, fiberglass mesh with the brick already laid out and aligned for quick and easy installation. Brickweb is the easiest and fastest method available to install thin brick for interiors or exteriors.
Brickweb is available in pre-assembled flat sheets and corner sheets, with 12 color blends to choose from, 8 of which are "tumbled brick", having a classic old world, aged, or weathered look and feel, and 4 of which "straight edge", made from the same brick but not tumbled. The straight edge provides a more uniform (flat and straight) appearance with less color and texture variation.
Why does the color of the Thin Brick look different from the pictures?
The colors you see online are representations of photographs of product samples, meaning you are seeing a representation of a representation. Each representation uses a slightly different color palette so you rarely get a true representation of color online. Even the actual color will vary based on brick batches and color blends of brick. Lastly dust and residue on brick and mortar or grout color will significantly impact the perceived color of the brick. Enjoy the unique color of your brick even though it won’t look the same as the pictures online.
How do I install Brickweb Thin Brick?
Brickweb is quick and easy to install. It is similar to installing tile. There are 4 simple steps to follow: 1. Apply adhesive to substrate (wall, surface, etc.) using a 3/8 inch notch trawl. 2. Begin the layout process by applying Brickweb outer corner sheets first. Press on each brick firmly allowing the adhesive to penetrate through the webbing onto the brick. 3. Next, apply Brickweb flat sheets. Overlap brick onto the exposed webbing and space evenly. Press each brick firmly into the adhesive.Allow to set for approximately 24 hours. 4. Apply grout using a grout bag or tile grout float. Once the grout is stiff to the touch (but not dry), finish grout using a tool and/or wet sponge smoothing grout lines and removing excess grout. For installation diagram and a YouTube tutorial video click here.
What Type of Adhesive Should I Use To Adhere the Brickweb?
• For an interior application over a substrate such as drywall, sheetrock, or plaster (painted or unpainted), you can use a standard pre-mixed tile mastic. It is usually white and comes premixed in a bucket and can be purchased from your local hardware store in the tile department. • For an interior application over a substrate such as cement, backer-board, or other cement-like surfaces, use a tile thin-set adhesive. Thin-set adhesive is typically sold in a powder form and requires water and thorough mixing using a drill and mixing drill bit. Thin-set can be purchased from your local hardware store in the tile department. • For an exterior application over a substrate such as cement, backer-board or other like surfaces, use a tile tin-set adhesive. Thin-set adhesive is sold in a powder form and requires water and thorough mixing using a drill and mixing drill bit. Thin-set can be purchased from your local hardware store in the tile department. Always use a moisture barrier and follow your local building codes. • Do not use tile mastic to adhere Brickweb directly to a wooden surface. A polymer modified tile thin-set adhesive can be used over an exterior grade plywood for interior applications only. The recommended brand is VersaBond Fortified Thin Set Mortar, or Mapei Polymer-Enriched Thin-Set Mortar and it can be purchased at your local hardware store in the tile department. • Typical brick mortar such as type "S" or type "N" is not recommended to adhere Brickweb, it is too thick and will not press through the webbing adequately reaching the brick surface.
How Much Adhesive and Grout Do I Need?
When applying adhesive such as tile thin-set or tile mastic, cover the entire substrate using a 3/8" notch trawl. Generally, 50 lbs of adhesive will cover approximately 60 sq. ft. For grout you can use either a typical sanded tile grout or a type "S" mortar mix. Plan on an 80 lb bag covering approximately 50 sq. ft.
How Many Square Feet Will Brickweb Cover?
Brickweb flat sheets are a rectangular shape with dimensions of 28”W x 10.5”H. There are 12 bricks mounted per sheet covering 1.7 sq. ft. There are 5 flat sheets per box which will cover a total of 8.7 sq. ft. *Tip - To calculate your square footage, measure the length and height, then times them by one another. (example: a wall 10 ft long and 8 ft high = 80 sq. ft.) Brickweb corner sheets are formed at a 90 degree angle with dimensions of 21”H x 15”W. There are 8 corner bricks per sheet which covers 1.76 Lineal ft. There are 3 corner sheets per box which will cover a total of 5.3 Lineal ft. *Tip - To calculate your Lineal ft., measure the height or distance of a corner (example: measure your corner from floor to ceiling = total Lineal ft.)
What Is the Actual Size of the Individual Brick?
Brickweb Thin Bricks are a standard or modular size. Each individual flat brick is 2-1/4"H x 7-5/8"W x 1/2"Thick. Brickweb corner bricks are 2-1/4"H x 7-5/8"W x 3-5/8"L x 1/2"Thick.
How Do I Cut Brickweb?
You can easily cut Brickweb by using a standard tile saw or simple masonry bit hand grinder. A diamond bit blade is best.
Can I Remove a Piece of Brick From the Webbed Sheet?
The thin brick is glued onto the fiberglass mesh. You can easily remove single brick from the webbed sheeting by simply pulling them off. You may need to do this for individual brick cutting or custom brick placement. The Brickweb fiberglass mesh can be cut using a utility knife or heavy duty scissors or tin snips.
What Type of Surface Can I Place Brickweb?
Brickweb thin brick can be used on virtually any surface including drywall, painted or unpainted walls, plaster walls, backer board, hardie backer, cement walls or floor, wood (with special polymer fortified thin-set adhesive) and more. The type of adhesive to best use will vary based on where you are placing Brickweb. See what type of adhesive to use above.
Can I Use Brickweb Around My Fireplace or Stove?
Yes, Brickweb can be used around a fireplace or stove including the walls and floors. The brick is a kiln fired clay brick which is heated at over 2,000 degrees, so it will tolerate extreme heat or cold. Brickweb is made from non-combustible materials so it is ideal for fireplace, stove, and oven surrounds. Verify the proper space requirements with your stove or fireplace manufacturer. Consult a building professional and check your local building codes.
Where Can I Install Brickweb Thin Brick?
Places to use thin brick are virtually endless both interior and exterior. Some ideas where to use Brickweb include: fireplace or stove surrounds, accent walls, columns, kitchen or bath back-splash, flooring (on a solid surface such as concrete, backer board, etc.), chimney, exterior siding, kitchen islands, bed headboards, wine cellars, man caves, porch or stairs, table tops, outdoor BBQ or kitchen, home exteriors, accent walls, and more. If you have an idea where you have used or want to use Brickweb Thin Brick let us know and we can help you with the best way to apply Brickweb.
Is Brickweb Designed for Interior and Exterior Uses?
Brickweb is designed for both interior and exterior applications. It will withstand the outdoors elements as well as add beauty and value to the interior or exterior of your home. There are no additional structural requirements for Brickweb and most standard walls will easily support the light weight of Brickweb thin brick.
How Do I Grout Brickweb?
You can use type "S" mortar to grout your brick once installed. Many people also use a standard sanded tile grout so they can pick a particular color and get a smoother finish. *NOTE: Do not use type "S" or type "N" mortar to adhere Brickweb to your surface. Only use these for mortar options. See question above on how to adhere Brickweb.
What Should I Do for Inside Corners?
Inside corners do not require corner brick. Simply cut the flat brick to size and grout the inside corner.
Can I Paint Brickweb?
You can paint the Brickweb by first using a primer such as “Kills” and then apply the paint you want. You may also use a cement stain or release agent to customize the look you want.
Can I Apply a Sealant To Brickweb?
You can apply a sealant to Brickweb. By applying a “flat” standard brick or cement sealant for projects such as back splashes etc., it will make the brick and grout easier to clean. Please keep in mind that it may affect the brick color (may darken) so try a small sample before applying it to your entire project. A sealant may also bring out the color variations in the brick for a more defined and diverse look and feel.
Where Can I Buy Brickweb?
You can buy Brickweb on our website and through our partner retailer sites and in-store at Floor and Décor. [link to find a store tab] The fastest and easiest way to purchase Brickweb is by ordering online through our exclusive webstore [link to store]
Where Can I See a Sample of the Brick Colors?
The available color blends can be viewed on our website. You can also order brick samples, that come with three bricks, on this site. [link to store]
What is the Difference Between Brickweb’s Kiln Fired Clay Brick vs. a Cement or Cast Brick?
Strength Comparison Brickweb Clay Brick units are 2 ½ to 3 times stronger than concrete or cast brick. Clay Brick – average compressive strengths typically range from 8,000 to 10,000 psi Concrete Brick – average compressive strengths typically range from 3,000 to 4,000 psi. Moisture Absorption In simple terms, Concrete or Cast Brick absorbs approximately 2-3 times more moisture in the same amount of time than does Brickweb Clay Brick, therefore Brickweb resists moisture better. This is a great benefit if you live in a moist climate or have freeze-thaw cycles. If you examine the walls of clay brick and concrete brick buildings after heavy rains you will note concrete brick walls can stay damp for days after a rain. More moisture penetration makes brick extra vulnerable to freeze/thaw cycles, therefore concrete brick deteriorates much faster and is more likely to crack or break than Brickweb Clay Brick. *NOTE: Compare Initial Rate of Absorption (IRA) – products in natural state. Clay Brick absorbs approximately 15-35 grams of moisture per minute per 30 sq. in. Concrete Brick absorbs between 40 and 80 grams per minute per 30 sq. in. - Concrete Brick- (Reference ASTM Standard C55 Standard Specification for Concrete Brick) Definition: A concrete masonry unit made from Portland cement, water, and suitable aggregates, with or without the inclusion of other materials. - Clay Brick- (Reference ASTM Standard C 216 Standard Specification for Facing Brick - Solid Masonry Units Made from Clay or Shale) Definition: A solid masonry unit made of clay or shale formed or extruded into a rectangular prism while plastic and then fired at high temperatures (up to 2000°F) in a kiln oven. Clay or shale brick is a ceramic product.
What Structural Support Is Needed for Brickweb?
There is no additional support needed for Brickweb. Brickweb Thin brick is lightweight and the average wall will easily support Brickweb.
How Strong Is Brickweb Once It Is Installed?
Old Mill Brick has had independent laboratories conduct numerous tests on Brickweb. In "shear tests" or pull out tests, Brickweb will stay adhered to most surfaces up to a 2,000 lb pull per brick (130 psi) when adhering Brickweb directions are followed correctly. Compression strengths range from 8,000 to 10,000 lbs psi making Brickweb 200% stronger than concrete or cast brick.
After the Brick Is Cut Into Thin Brick, What Happens with the Remaining Material?
Once a full piece of brick is cut into thin brick, the remainder of the brick is recycled into new brick. Brickweb is an entirely “green” and “sustainable” product.