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Designing an Adhered Masonry Veneer

By Steven Fechino Walls today offer better technology and water protection than in years past. Adhered masonry veneers are better designed and perform more efficiently when the entire wall system is considered before and during installations. Many of the improvements are a result of changes in materials, improvements based on testing, higher performance by design [...]

The art of adding brick veneer around an arched alcove

The archway. Nothing gives your room a dramatic look quite like an arched alcove. The design works on doorways, walkways, bookshelves (enter your project here). Now, think about what this archway will look like after adding brick veneer around an arched alcove. If you don't want all of the work and cost that comes with real [...]

How to Install Faux Brick Paneling

Character and style without all of the cost? That's a question that faces people when they approach their home improvement projects. If you’re dealing with brick, the answer is simple – install faux brick paneling to have the look and feel of brick without all of the real brick that goes with it. Depending on the manufacturer, [...]

3 ways to secure your brick veneer wall

Brick or brick veneer? That is the question. And when you're dealing with drywall, the question becomes even more vexing. Do you remove the drywall? Leave it? If you don't want to remove the drywall, your answer falls more in line with brick veneer. The reality is that if you don't have the proper structure [...]

Installing brick veneer around a fireplace

Nothing adds a more charming look to a fireplace than brick. And installing brick veneer around a fireplace will give the fireplace area that warm, homey feel. When you don't want to add actual brick or rebuild the fireplace, brick veneer is your choice at a fraction of the cost of the real thing. Brick veneer - [...]

Flashing brick veneer walls

Write this down: A proper masonry installation will block most rainwater – and proper flashing details expel what gets through. Even with effective and careful installation practices for flashing brick veneer walls, some brick veneer jobs will have water penetration. This much we know – as sustainable as masonry walls are, the one weak link is water [...]

Waterproofing your brick veneer installation

Bricks structures are not waterproof. They just aren't. While most people think that water cannot penetrate brick, it can – and rather easily. Structures (or projects) featuring brick veneer are even more vulnerable, mainly because they are just a facade that doesn't offer any structural support. This is especially true when using brick veneer – a [...]

Perfecting your process in brick veneer installations

Durability and success in any project comes down to processes. When it comes to brick veneer installations, a project's success is determined by the selection of materials, the preparation, and the effort and technique you put into the process. And while brick is a durable and water-tolerant cladding material, it cannot overcome poor workmanship and [...]

How to Install a Brick Veneer on an Exterior Wall

Brick veneer. The popular wall finish not only provides a distinct aesthetic appeal, but also offers a variety layout options. Much like facing brick, the only exception is that it is approximately 1/2-inch to 2 inches thick. And there are other benefits, too. For example, installing brick veneer, usually produced from shale or clay and kiln-fired, provides [...]

Your guide to that brick veneer installation

Brick veneer. Faux brick. Thin Brick. Half brick. While it has lots of names, a brick veneer is a popular wall finish – adding both a distinct aesthetic appeal and variety of layouts. Brick veneer, which is produced from shale or clay and is kiln-fired, is similar to facing brick, except that it is approximately 1/2 [...]
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