Brick slips are small sections of original bricks that provide the same look as traditional brickwork which are commonly used to replicate the look of a conventional brick wall in both internal and external applications.
They offer a flexible way to get the style you want and can be fitted to a range of surfaces as a quick, easy and cost-effective way to create an actual brick finish that offers low maintenance and long term stability.
The performance advantages of brick slip are related to those of brick - a breathable, non-combustible, strong, recyclable and energy-efficient material. No other cladding solution offers this mixture of beauty and practicality.
Brick Slip Cladding
Other frequently applications for brick slips are as finishes for external wall insulation.
Much like regular slip bricks, the units can be bonded to the substrate or provided as pre-insulated cladding panels.
These methods are incredibly handy for upgrading solid wall perspective, this yet again helps to preserve a traditional brickwork appearance.
For new commercial properties, if architects and designs are looking to imitate a traditional masonry appearance, insulated slip brick cladding is a fantastic solution.
This type of cladding can help to reduce wall thickness compared to conventional brickwork, thereby increasing the amount of available internet floor space.
Brick Slip Wall
Choosing out the perfect product for your brick slip feature wall can be a bit unusual. There are so many different bricks to choose from and here at Eccobricks.co.uk, we want to help you with your choice.
Certain textures and colours can transform your space. Your brick slip feature wall will make your room look and suggest an escape from the truth.
Below you will find any creative inspirational ideas that will help you to convert your living space!
Brick Slip Feature Wall
Make your favourite room stand out by introducing our brick slips. The unique texture of real clay brickwork will create a relaxing and natural texture.
Colour plays a large part, for example, a light buff brick slip that is not too bright or harsh creates a peaceful atmosphere.
Whatever your requirement we are confident it is available from our range of brick slips.
Brick Slip Tiles
Here at Eccobricks.co.uk, we are internationally renowned for producing quality real clay face brick tiles. Our products are engineered and cut from both real clay and real handmade bricks The main reason for using our brick slips is to create a surface that meets today’s high-performance criteria but looks like traditionally built brickwork is not clad.
Brick slips are used for flexibility and speed and as well as aesthetics. Our products can be placed just like any other tile product internally or externally to create any brick wall effect you desire.
One of the key plus points about brick slips is that you can install these with ease you do not need an expensive builder or skilled tradesmen.
We can provide full installation guidance by means of video, brochure or with direct contact. Providing this guidance is followed installing your brick slips wall will be a breeze.
Handmade Brick Slip
It is produced in the same manner practised for thousands of years. A handmade brick slips uk shows the character that can be lost when machines do the work that a person would traditionally perform due to the fact each hand maker is different and has its own somewhat different technique.
If a brick slips uk is handmade it’ll have a number of modifications, sometimes crisp and well-formed within the frame and sometimes small so. The edges and face will have folds and creases developed when the person touches the wet clay and throws the clay into the sand-covered frame.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are brick slips?
Brick slips are almost tile-like in appearance. More often in times gone by cut straight from a solid brick but in more recent times purpose made from extruded clay and kiln fired. Brick slips provide the appearance and performance of bricks but do not require expert installers (bricklayers). Their slim modules open a world of wall systems up to the designer to ensure optimum performance and maximum beauty.
2. How much do brick slips cost?
There is no single answer because as with bricks there are a huge variety of colours and textures available to choose from inc. glazed but typically brick slips cost between.
3. Are brick slips expensive?
Comparatively no, certainly when overall costs inclusive of installation are concerned when compared directly to solid brick walls. However, the real cost-effectiveness is not achieved through the simple purchase of brick slips it is in considering the system overall the brick slips are used in conjunction with. The energy efficiency of a building is improved so drastically when using a system such as wallclad that the end user continues to save money throughout the buildings life span. Low maintenance, as with bricks, is also a contributor to an ongoing huge cost saving.
4. How do you grout brick slips?
Brick slips should have a 10mm pointing mortar applied to surround each brick as with conventional brick slip walls. Whilst 10mm is a standard this can, at the designer's discretion, be more or less, however with such a universally recognised system being replicated such as brickwork a deviation from this standard can often be seen as defective rather than designed.
5. Can brick slips be used internally?
Brick slips are widely used internally. Whether this is to create a feature wall or to utilise their durability in a high traffic area the ease of install combined with the unique look serve to make brick slips the biggest growing material of choice for internal construction.
6. Can brick slips be used on/in a fireplace?
Yes, due to their excellent fire/heat resistant properties brick slips like their brick parent products are an ideal choice for scenarios such as this where contemporary building materials such as plaster and plasterboard may fail due to the heat.
7. Will brick slips weather like bricks?
Yes, as brick slips are made from the exact same natural materials extruded clay and fired in the same kilns their performance in extreme weather conditions is the same. They are supremely durable require little to no maintenance and have the same A frost rating as bricks i.e., they are frost resistant.
8. Do brick slips fade?
In a word no. Made from the same natural materials as bricks, extruded clay, and manufactured by being fired in the same kilns brick slips, like bricks do not fade. It should however be noted that, again like bricks, it may change colour in appearance due to atmospheric conditions. E.g., pollutions such as soot, ash, dirt and car exhaust fumes can all contribute over time to a change in appearance. However, it is important to note these can easily be cleaned off.
9. How should I clean my brick slips?
You should periodically inspect your brick slip walls and where possible, using a moderately pressured jet wash or common hose, wash the surface. Much like clothing certain dirt will require certain cleaning methods and many natural products that avoid chemicals such as acid can be found. Any natural cleaner produced for brickwork walls can be utilised for your brick slip wall.
10. Are brick slips better for residential or commercial projects?
Brick slips are often a perfect solution for either scenario hence its ever-growing popularity with architects, responsible for design due to the freedom they are allowed through brick slip use, builders due to the ease and speed of install, and end users/clients who have a cost-effective durable wall system that serves todays requirements far better than a traditional brick wall.
11. Are brick slips fireproof?
Bricks and brick slips are made in a fire kiln and are excellent fire resistant materials.Widely considered among the most resistant of materials for use in high rise construction when combined within a system of A1 insulation and cement boards brick slip cladding systems are unequivocally superior as a modern external wall construction over other systems available such as aluminium panels.
12. Can brick slips be fixed to the plasterboard?
Yes provided the plasterboard is treated by means of PVA or any other sealer recommended by the plasterboard manufacturer brick slips can be applied in isolated scenarios. Never use this as a system in any area externally or partially exposed to external weather such as a balcolny. In these instances where a board is required use a cementitious board such as this.
13. How many brick slips to a box?
There are 30 brick slips (1/2 m2) in our standard box of 65mm slips.
14. How big a mortar joint should I allow?
You should always assume a 10mm mortar joint. If your design has a smaller joint you will obviously require more brick slips.
15. What are brick slip corners?
Brick slip corners are the front and side profile of a traditional brick that can be installed to form 90-degree corners as you would find at windows and door openings as well as the building's corners themselves often referred to as brick corner pistols or simply pistols.
16. How many brick slips are in 1m2?
If using metric 65mm slips, there are 60 per m2 If using imperial 73mm slips, there are 51 per m2 The conventional allowance for waste is 10% For reveals and corners assume 14 corner tiles per lm
17. How do I calculate how many brick slips I require for a wall?
Our easy to use brick slip calculator can be found here Your first task will be to calculate the m2 this is done by multiplying the wall height by the length. A rule of thumb is when using metric slips 65mm you require 60 per m2 when using imperial slips 73mm you require 51 per m2 You should also allow 10% for waste The above calculation does not allow for cutting required to achieve specialist shapes and patterns and assumes a traditional standard brick bond pattern.
18. What do you use to stick brick slips?
If fixing directly to a solid substrate such as blockwork, cement board, dense mineral wool insulation use one of the many cement based polymer modified adhesives purpose made for this task like those found here on our site. If fixing to a tracking board an enhanced purpose made polymer based adhesive such as Sika MSP-950 should be used.
19. How do you fit an internal brick slip?
There are many ways but by far and away the most common method of applying brick slips within a home/office is to tile them as you would a traditional tile using adhesive to bond to your chosen background.
20. Do brick slips have the same qualities as bricks?
Yes, and bring advantages such as ease of install that real bricks do not provide.
21. Which brick slips are the most sustainable?
Whilst there are nominal differences it is generally accepted that all brick slips are sustainable. Through the manufacturing process by utilising natural materials, through construction by minimising waste, through the buildings life span by being easy to maintain and extraordinarily hard wearing all the way to demolition where the brick slips could be recycled or reused.
22. What is the difference between brick slips & brick tiles?
There is no difference and whilst within the construction industry brick slips is the most often used term due to the growing market within the DIY sector brick tiles is becoming widely used especially when discussing the use of brick slips within a home.
23. What are the benefits of brick slips?
In simple terms, brick slips provide all the benefits of bricks, durability, appearance, sustainability, in a lighter easier to install a module that when combined with insulated systems will greatly enhance your buildings energy efficiency and save you money.