Are all the brick facings on a mesh backing sheet?

No, you can choose loose flat facings (per sqm) or pre-meshed facings (per sqm). Pre-meshed facings are typically more expensive than loose facings. 

When should I use a pre-meshed sheet?

Pre-meshed brick facings can offer the advantage of speed in installation as you would spend minimal time trying to line up individual brick tiles. The savings in efficiency are the greatest when your wall area is large and flat. 

The savings would be negligible if your area is small, irregular in shape, or with many turns and openings. In these scenarios the simple loose facings would be the best option.

What are BriClad's pre-meshed brick facing products?

Our bestselling meshed brick tiles are real Australian clay bricks sliced into thin facings and mounted on a durable structured mesh, ready to be stuck on any prepared surface walls. 

The sheets have already been laid out and aligned (with the standard 10mm) gaps in your desired pattern, so you do not need to worry about setting them out in the correct pattern.

A typical running bond flat sheets contain 12 brick facings and cover approximately 0.228sqm, with 4 sheets in each box. Each box covers 0.9sqm.

We also have ready-meshed corner pieces, box of single thin facings, and the tools and materials necessary to complete your project.

What type of substrates are appropriate?

 Brick facings can be applied to any clean flat wall surfaces, including painted or unpainted plasterboard walls, cement sheets, villaboard, blueboard, and more. The adhesive we stock can be used on most of these surfaces, with proper preparation.

Can I use it indoors or outdoors?

Because brick facings are practically bricks cut into thinner slices, they can withstand the outdoor weather condition as well as indoor usage. Because of their relative light weight compared to full sized masonry bricks, they do not add significant structural liability to existing building structures (think of it as any standard tile). However brick tiles, like bricks, are porous so they do not possess waterproofing qualities. 

Where can I install brick facings?

The most common usage is feature walls for shops and restaurants in commercial applications, or wine cellars, dens, fireplaces, laundries, outdoor BBQ, media rooms, accent exterior walls in residential applications. We have also had customers installing brick facings on the ceilings and floors, with proper adhesive support.

How do I install Briclad sheets?

Please refer to our Installation page.

What type of adhesive is required?

Interior application over cement sheet or plasterboard: Use a polymer-fortified non-slump mastic type tile adhesive. We can supply the adhesive in 20kg bags if in stock. They come in pre-mixed powder form and you mix them in a pail with a mixing paddle drill bit.

Exterior application over cement sheet, existing masonry walls, or similar surfaces: Use our recommended adhesive or other similar cement based tile adhesive designed for outdoor use

Can I paint brick facings?

Yes, properly primed painted bricks used indoors generally have good durability. Painted bricks used outdoors would require more maintenance in the harsh Australian weather. 

Do I need to seal the Briclad facings?

You generally do not need to seal the brick facings unless the area require constant cleaning, such as splashbacks and floors. Light coloured brick tiles would benefit from sealing prior to grouting in case of smudging during cleanup.

A standard matte brick or masonry sealer would make the brick and grout easier to wipe clean. Just beware some sealant could slightly affect the colour hue of the bricks. It is recommended that you test before doing the whole area.