The most frequently asked questions about brick slips24/04/2014
What are the advantages of brick slips?
Brick slips save a lot of space and are ideal for giving an existing facade a complete makeover. When applying these brick slips to your exterior wall, the reduced thickness has the advantage that the normal detailing of windows and doors is maintained, thus avoiding high adjustment costs. Also when fixing them to interior walls, you lose less space. After you have pointed the brick slips, they are indistinguishable from a traditional brick wall. You can ask a contractor or specialist to install your brick slips, but if it's a job you would like to do yourself, all you need is a little knowledge and you can install the brick slips yourself without any problem. Read: How to install brick slips.
Bricks are available in many different colours and sizes. Does this also apply to brick slips?
Definitely! After all, brick slips are made from bricks. So the same extensive choice you have in the size of bricks, you also have in brick slips. Brick slips are actually thin slices, cut from a brick; they have a thickness of approx. 2 cm. Naturally, the width and length depend on the type of brick you use. The sizes may vary in length from 19 to 21 cm with a height of between 5 and 6.5 cm. And you have a choice from the full range of colours. Apart from brick slips, we also have corner slips that fit perfectly around the corners of windows, doors and walls.
Do brick slips offer the same degree of strength and quality as regular bricks?
Of course strength is a basic function of bricks. Each brick is tested and must comply with very strict standards and rules. A brick slip is a 2 cm thick slice cut from a brick and as such has the same qualitative properties as an ordinary facing brick. We fully comply with all Belgian 'Benor' regulations and European CE standards. Naturally a slip is thinner and as a result it cannot have a structural function. Unlike bricks, brick slips are not laid in the same way as you would lay a classic wall; they are glued against an insulation panel or wall using a flexible and frost-resistant adhesive mortar. They are then pointed in the same way as you would point an ordinary brick and mortar wall. Brick slips may not have a support function, but they are just as frost-resistant as regular bricks.
Is it financially more advantageous to choose brick slips?
An ordinary brick slip is 20% more expensive than a regular brick. A corner slip is 25% more expensive. It may not sound very logical. ‘Why do I have to pay more for half a brick than for a whole brick?' But you need to remember that we must first manufacture a brick and then cut a brick slip from it. The cutting and handling costs are additional costs which do not apply when you buy ordinary bricks. On the other hand, brick slips are often an ideal solution for solving structural problems. Brick strips are easy to apply, without the need to make any additional alterations to doors or windows.
Insulation + brick slips: E-Brick or E-Board
For some years now, Vandersanden Group also offers insulation systems in combination with brick slips. E-Brick and E-Board are 2-in-1 insulation solutions for both renovations and new constructions. Read more about the advantages of these types of exterior wall insulation.
Any more questions about brick slips? Contact us by submitting an information request or e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.