The Basics of Thin Brick

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Thin brick offers the timeless beauty of traditional brick masonry and, in some cases, a more simplified installation process. In this article, we’ll look at the benefits of thin brick and how to use this versatile material to enhance your building projects.

Thin brick is one of our most popular materials, and it’s no secret why. It’s beautiful. It’s affordable. It’s versatile. It’s also easy to install and looks great for the long haul.

If you’re considering thin brick for your next project but want to know a little bit more, you’ve come to the right place. We’re sharing what we love about this easy-to-use material as well as some insider tips we’ve picked up during our decades of working with architects, builders, and construction pros.

Let’s kick things off with a look at how thin brick differs from traditional brick masonry.

What Is Thin Brick?

While traditional brick masonry involves laying brick one by one to create a solid structure, thin brick veneer is just one layer attached to an existing structure. In this way, thin brick functions like siding and can be applied to a building as an exterior cladding and is also used as an interior finish to create a quality look.

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The Benefits

Although the word “veneer” implies a decorative element, that doesn’t mean thin brick veneer is a shoddy substitute for the genuine article. In fact, thin brick veneer is used in many modern building projects for a number of reasons.

Installation Time
Because it is attached in a single layer to existing walls and structures, it can be installed in a fraction of the time of traditional brickwork. It also requires very little drying time and doesn’t need finishing to complete the job.

For contractors, labour costs have a direct impact on their profit margins. Depending on the project, thin brick panels can reduce labour costs and increase their bottom-line performance.

Thin brick retains its beauty and integrity for decades, even when exposed to extreme weather conditions.

One of the best things about thin brick is that it comes in many different styles. Design options also abound, from the stately and regal, like the King Crimson, to the rustic and retro, like Leo’s Pub. Your choice of brick veneer will come down to preference and the needs of your project. If you need help navigating your options, we recommend checking out our design inspiration page or reaching out to us directly.

For Your Next Build

Thinking about incorporating brick into your next building project? I-XL Building Products has been a leading supplier of well-priced, premium building materials in Canada for over a century, with dozens of beautiful thin brick styles to choose from. Get in touch for a free quote today.

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