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Case Study – Brick Slips onto Brick

At EWI Pro, we specify many projects throughout the UK. They vary in size, scope, and system application. From large-scale commercial projects to small-scale residential, we cover every type of project. As we’ve discussed recently, we provide a comprehensive range of testing processes. These include wind-load tests, moisture testing, and pull-out tests. Our Technical Team also provides expert U-value calculations to ensure the system is suitable. In our new series of blogs, we will shine a light on specific projects and the build-ups they utilise. Our latest entry is an impressive visual triumph, utilising two types of brick slips onto a brick substrate. Moreover, the project utilises Mineral Wool, which has excellent thermal and acoustic insulating properties.

Project details

– Substrate: Brick
– U-Value change: Mineral Wool – 0.3W/m²K
– Basecoat: EWI-225 Premium Basecoat
– Finish: Brick Slips
– Colour: Corsica and Cordoba
– Location:
– Installer: Liv Green Ltd

The build-up – Brick Slips onto Brick

As aforementioned, the system utilises Mineral Wool slabs and a brick slip finish. With the chosen insulation boards being Mineral Wool, EWI-225 Premium Basecoat was chosen as the adhesive, precisely because it is dual-purpose. A dual-purpose product like Premium Basecoat is perfectly suited to adhering heavier insulation boards like Mineral Wool to the wall. More crucially, it reduces wastage on site as only one type of product is required for the adhesive and basecoat layers. Mineral Wool boards offer excellent thermal performance. However, they also hold a multitude of other benefits that are desirable. For example, the dual-density composition enhances the acoustic insulating properties. As such, they are suitable to use next to any roads or in generally urban areas. The boards are also A1 fire rated and actively work as fire breaks.

The standard basecoat and fibreglass mesh layer enhances the flexibility and durability of the system. Whilst our Silicone Render is an extremely popular finish, a combination of brick slips was chosen for this facade. The stark contrast between Corsica and Cordoba brick slips is visually stunning. The red Cordoba slips were also used to create a feature wall on the alleyway side of the house and to visually enhance the window eaves.

Why use brick slips?

Brick slips, also known as brick veneers or brick tiles, are thin cuts of brick or a stone-like material that mimic the appearance of a traditional brick wall. They have been gaining popularity due to their various advantages. Acrylic brick slips, in particular, come with their own set of unique benefits. Let’s delve into their details:

Benefits of Acrylic Brick Slips
  1. Lightweight: Acrylic brick slips are lighter than traditional bricks, making them easier to transport and install.
  2. Easy to install: As they are lightweight and incredibly thin, acrylic brick slips are easy to install. Crucially, they can also be shaped around corners and cut accurately with household scissors. Other brick slip types also require tile cutters.
  3. Versatile: These brick slips can be applied to a variety of surfaces, both indoors and outdoors, and can withstand various climatic conditions.
  4. Durable and Maintenance-Free: Acrylic brick slips are highly resistant to impact, abrasion, and UV radiation. They do not require sealing or any special maintenance.
  5. Realistic Appearance: Despite being made of acrylic, these brick slips mimic the texture and colour of real bricks remarkably well.
  6. Insulation: Acrylic brick slips offer additional insulation to buildings, helping in heat retention and reducing energy costs.
  7. Eco-friendly: As these brick slips are made from recyclable materials, they are an environmentally-friendly choice.

Brick slips are also manufactured from other materials. Clay brick slips are traditional brick slips, offering authenticity and a wide range of colours and textures. They are also highly durable and weather-resistant. Stone brick slips offer the unique, sophisticated look of natural stone. They are suitable for both modern and traditional designs. Concrete brick slips are cost-effective and versatile, with a wide range of designs and colours. They are also durable and weather-resistant. Gypsum brick slips are made from a mix of plaster and other materials. These brick slips are lightweight and easy to install and also suitable for interior use. Ceramic brick slips are highly durable and resistant to water and frost. They are also easy to clean and maintain, making them suitable for both interior and exterior use.

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