Brickslips used inside of a building

Cladding an interior wall with our brickslips

Cladding an interior wall with our brickslips

If you’re interested in building a feature wall for your home or business using reclaimed or bespoke brick slips, chances are you’re already more than keen to find out exactly how to go about building your wall!  It’s easier than you may think – and with all the ingredients you need to put your wall up all readily available from dedicated DIY stores and outlets, there really is no better time to get started.  We’ve put together a guide for you to help you get started as soon as you’ve ordered your slips from us.

Brickslips used inside of a buildingWhat You’ll Need

  • Tile adhesive
  • A bucket
  • A cloth
  • A trowel
  • Floor protection
  • Ready-mixed mortar
  • A glue comb
  • A pointing gun
  • A tape measure or ruler
  • Brick slips

 

How many slips do you need?

Working out exactly how many brick slips you need to fill your wall space is essential, as you may otherwise find yourself buying too many or too few!  There are dedicated calculators available online to help you work out how many you’ll require, alternatively, we will be more than happy to advise you.

Remove Dust and Debris

Preparing your future feature wall should firstly involve a thorough wiping down with a clean cloth to ensure that it is free of any dust or foreign bodies that may interfere with the laying of the slips.  It’s also a good idea to lay down a sheet of tarpaulin or newspaper to ensure that your floor is protected during the process. The wall surface should be structurally sound with no loose plaster etc.

Prepare Your Adhesive

The adhesive you’ve bought should arrive supplied with instructions that will advise you on how to mix it up and apply it to your wall.  This is also where your bucket comes in handy – and arm yourself with your trowel for the next step!

It is usually recommended to add the powder to the water and not the other way round. Ideally mix with a mixing paddle attached to an electric drill

Trowel on in Sections

It’s very important to make sure that when you trowel on the adhesive that you don’t cover the entire wall with the solution – adhesive dries extremely quickly and therefore it’s important to tackle one small section of brickwork at a time.  Ensure that you comb down the glue to flatten it out – this will prepare it for the brick slips to be laid.

Apply the Slips

This is the most exciting part – arranging and applying your brick slips!  This can be a tricky process at first but it needn’t be if you make small, regular checks to ensure that your brickwork is consistently level.  Always ensure that you apply adhesive to your slips, too – and keep a ruler or tape measure to hand to ensure that you leave equal space between each slip to maintain a uniform and authentic look. Alternatively use our 10mm T spacers to ensure accurate spacing. These can be left in place and mortared over afterwards. It may also be worth considering checking your progress on a row-by-row basis.

Final Pointing

Once you’ve got your slips laid out as you like them, you’ll need to start pointing.  Pointing is a process where your mortar will come in useful – mix it up as per its instructions and carefully fill in any spaces between the brickwork that you can find – this will ensure that everything stays in place as intended and is the final step in ensuring a consistent look. The easiest way to insert the mix into the gaps is to use a pointing bag or gun. Ensure the joints are fully filled. Once this has been applied, simply leave to dry. Ensure the excess is brushed off with a stiff brush at diagonals to the joints. Timing is critical with this, the mortar should not be wet, but not have dried completely.  and you’ll have a fantastic looking feature wall constructed by your very own hands!

 

For more information on brick slips and how to get the most out of your feature wall, contact Brick Slips Direct today on 01246 260001 or email us via web form if you have a detailed query that you would like us to help you with!

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