Frequently Asked Questions
Currently we collect Sales Tax for the following states: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina, Washington State, California, Virginia, Georgia, Oklahoma, Massachusetts, Ohio and Illinois.
We are monitoring economic nexus laws and adopt to all required changes.
Sales tax is calculated based on the "ship to" address.
Yes. Unless the job is performed for an organization that is exempt from sales and use tax.
Laws may vary depending on the state, but here are some details from the instruction page from ST-124 capital improvement form for NY state:
If a contractor performs work that constitutes a capital
improvement, the contractor must pay tax on the purchase
of building materials or other tangible personal property, but
is not required to collect tax from the customer for the capital
improvement. No credit or refund is allowed for the tax paid
on the cost of materials by the contractor. See Tax Bulletin
Contractors – Sales Tax Credits (TB-ST-130).
For guidance as to whether a job is a repair or a capital
improvement, see Publication 862, Sales and Use Tax
Classifications of Capital Improvements and Repairs to Real
A contractor, subcontractor, property owner, or tenant, may
not use this certificate to purchase building materials or other
tangible personal property tax free. A contractor’s acceptance
of this certificate does not relieve the contractor of the liability for
sales tax on the purchase of building materials or other tangible
personal property subsequently incorporated into the real property
as a capital improvement unless the contractor can legally issue
Form ST-120.1, Contractor Exempt Purchase Certificate. (See
Publication 862 for additional information.)
The term materials is defined as items that become a physical
component part of real or personal property, such as lumber,
bricks, or steel. This term also includes items such as doors,
windows, sinks, and furnaces used in construction.
FYI, Our Typical System Installation Hang Over Batten Plates Will Weigh About 7 Lb Per Square Foot!
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There are many on the market. Lately there seem to be a standard to use two layers of something. One could be a roll on applied and another paper, or two layers of paper etc. There are actually 2-ply papers on the market where two sheets of paper unroll together from a roll. Please pay extra attention to your water barrier, as this is the step that stops the moisture, not the brick and mortar.
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It is the only patented thin brick installation moisture control system available.
United States Patent #8,141,310
- Always anchor grid to substrate securely with adequate fasteners. Concrete and masonry walls require fasteners and adhesive on rear of metal grid.
- Always use a waterproof covering to protect substrates before installing gird in all your exterior applications.
- Always stagger grid vertical joints. Leave minimum 1/8” space between panel joints and stop metal panel short 1/2” at ends.
- Always allow at least 24 hours for adhesive to dry before mortaring joints.
- Always use CLEAN COLD water to mix mortar. Flush hoses especially during warm weather.
- Always slightly dampen bricks before mortaring. Especially during hot weather.
Apply mortar into joints. Horizontal first, then vertical. Over fill joints with sufficient mortar to avoid leaving any voids. When mortar attains a firm consistency (check every 3 to 5 minutes) joints are ready for tooling.
Use the joint tool supplied with the mortar kit to strike joints. Strike the vertical joints first than horizontal joints. The joint tool is to ensure that the depth of the mortar joint does not exceed 1/8th of an inch below the face of the brick. Press the tool against the joint at a 45 degree angle and strike joint. This will fill and seal the mortar to the edges of the brick. Joints will have a con- cave finish. Fill any voids.
DO NOT MORTAR JOINTS WHEN DAY & NIGHTTIME TEMPERATURES ARE BELOW
40 DEGREES F.
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Our panels systems are manufactured to confirm with different brick heights:
- Brick Face Height - 2¼” (MOD, STA, NOR, SAX), Panel Height 8” x 48” Long, Covers 2.66 sq ft
- Brick Face Height - 2½” (Cultured Brick & Modified Standard), Panel Height 9” x 48” Long, Covers 3.00 sq ft
- Brick Face Height - 2⅝ & 2 ¾ (MST, MNR, QUE, KIN, EMD, EST, HMO, KGS), Panel Height 9.6” x 48” Long, Covers 3.2 sq ft
- Brick Face Height - 3⅝ (CLO, UTI, TIT, SQU, DUT), Panel Height 12” x 48” Long, Covers 4 sq ft
Longer 96” panels are more difficult to ship and receive therefore are manufactured to order on a special request. Larger panels do not guarantee a faster installation, so most clients guy the regular 48” panels for their jobs.
Applications that do not require corners; Install bricks in direction of arrows as shown in above illustration. Adjust vertical joints to fit area (3/8” to 1/2”) to fit wall space. Cut end bricks as needed. Install bricks horizontally than vertically. Draw a plumb vertical line every 48” to help maintain spacing.
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Brick It panel system is approved in Miami Dade County.
Code 2014 is accepted, but Brick It is working on a new version of approvals.
In order to find the approval:
- Please visit Florida DBPR website: https://www.floridabuilding.org/pr/pr_app_srch.aspx
- Enter code version 2014
- Enter FL# text box with 14427
- Click Search
Unfortunately Thin Brick by itself will only add insignificant amount of approximately R0.05 of insulation.
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You can seek a local trusted contractor with skills in stucco installations, carpentry, tile, masonry or a handy man, and they should be able to help you.
If you notice any damage, you must document it. Please use the driver as your witness, take pictures, make notes on a bill of lading, and have the driver initial or sign them. Once you’ve documented it, please notify our customer service department. With your proper documentation, we will send you replacement as soon as possible, and deal with the shipping company ourselves later on. Please accept the delivery and do not discard any damaged material.
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For further information I’d like to refer you to the leader of that industry – Prosoco. Their website address is www.prosoco.com
Caution! - please follow manufacturer’s recommendations but before applying any chemicals to your veneer please test the results and a mocked-up wall to make sure you’re satisfied with the results. Most applications are irreversible.
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Caution! - please follow manufacturer’s recommendations but before applying any chemicals to your veneer please test the results on a mocked-up wall to make sure you’re satisfied with the results. Most applications are irreversible.
The largest savings are in the renovation construction. There is no digging, no landscape destruction as it is much lighter installation method.
In the brick product page is a tab with a particular’s product size availability. Please scroll and find the “Shapes And Sizes” Tab.
|Brick size||Height||Length||Bricks In Square Foot|
|Modular (MOD)||2 1/4||7 5/8||6.68|
|Standard (STA)||2 1/4||8||6.55|
|Norman (NOR)||2 1/4||11 5/8||4.57|
|Saxon (SAX)||2 1/4||15 5/8||3.43|
|Modified Standard (MST)||2 1/2||8|
|Modified Norman (MNR)||2 1/2||11 5/8|
|Queen (QUE)||2 5/8||7 5/8||5.5|
|King (KIN)||2 3/4||9 5/8||4.55|
|Engineer Modular (EMD)||2 3/4||7 5/8||5.76|
|Engineer Standard (EST)||2 3/4||8||5.5|
|Handmade Oversize (HMO)||2 3/4||8 1/2||5|
|Kingston (KGS)||2 3/4||11 5/8||3.84|
|Closure/Econo (CLO)||3 5/8||7 5/8||4.5|
|Utility (UTI)||3 5/8||11 5/8||3|
|Titan (TIT)||3 5/8||15 5/8||2.25|
|8-Square (SQU)||7 5/8||7 5/8||6.94|
|Double Utility (DUT)||7 5/8||11 5/8||1.50|
Both are equally good products. We always say; if it’s available in thin brick, don’t cut it!
Yes. In fact, our Brick Cutting Service is called BYOB – Bring Your Own Brick.
… or you can purchase it from us.
By default, we cut all our veneer to 3/4”. Upon request we can adjust the thickness to meet customer’s request. That especially becomes useful for architectural details such as decorative rowlock bands, coins and chimney details, etc.
We carry very large selection of manufactured Real Thin Brick veneers, but in order to extend the offerings to more unique colors and textures, we offer Brick Cutting Service.
Note: not all brick types can be manufactured in Thin Brick version.
Yes. We cut all bricks to thin veneers regardless of the hardness. Some will cut easier than others.
We are environment friendly company. We recycle all of our brick waste. Some is used as base in road construction, and some is ground down and used as clay in baseball fields, tennis courts, etc.
When purchasing Thin Brick products in general, overages should be at about 3-4% on straight forward projects. Perhaps a bit higher for cut brick, and definitely at least 5-6% for machine molded, and 7-10% for hand molded and reclaimed/used products.
Yes, we can. It will require a specialized quote. Please contact our staff for details.
Some brick will break during cutting more than others due to microscopic cracks that naturally exist in a body of full brick created during firing process. Recovery is never a 100%. When we cut brick, all the ones that break into two pieces are packaged for shipping. You can use them for your cuts or in the case of a Reclaimed products, you can slide both pieces together, and install them on a wall.
We cut high volumes of full brick into a thin veneer using fully automated equipment. Our innovative process makes brick cutting very competitive to a manufactured thin brick. Especially, when we cut molded brick that yields two thin bricks out of a full one. Detailed quote will prove that to you.
Depends, Extruded bricks produce only one Thin Brick or one Thin Brick Corner out of one Full Brick. Molded, Handmade and Reclaimed yields two Thin Brick Slabs or one Thin Brick Corner.
Every day, Industry professionals cut bricks on jobsites themselves. On a small scale, it is not a complicated process. However, if your job requires hundreds or thousands of cuts, we wouldn’t recommend it. You will run into issues with brick cut off waste, blade configurations and wastewater disposal. Depending on what equipment you will be using, each cut can take up to one gallon of water. This just does not compute to a reasonable outcome.
Yes, but this is rarely is beneficial to a customer.
Remember, in the event of material damage or shortage you’ll have to deal with the shipping company you have hired yourself. They will not discuss anything with us since we are not the party that hired them.
Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to that question. It will depend on the size of your order, distance that it has to travel, ship from location which is often determined by your choice of brick order size etc.
Every shipping rate is customized to each customer’s quote and specifications. Each quote is entered into a bidding pool where shipping companies compete for customer's business assuring the best possible price.
Shipping method will depend on the order. Samples and small orders will be shipped using Parcel like UPS or FedEx, most common orders will ship on pallets using LTL (less than a truck load) companies and larger orders over 20,000 lb. will be shipped using trucks. We also have a capability to use Railroad and Sea Containers. Air shipping is rarely used due to the product weight.
Like any other construction delivery service, most deliveries are limited to a “curb site” only.
Yes, but this might not work in some cases. Please ask…
Note: if the product is picked up at our NY location and third-party shipping company is not used, you are subjected to NY State Sales Tax.
Please inspect the shipment. Look for any signs of damages that could have occurred during shipping. Locate packing slip pouch, remove shipping documents and check quantities.
Everything leaves our warehouse in perfect condition.
If you have purchased our cut brick:
Masonry wet saws are used to cut the veneer and due to that process, some moisture might be present. Therefore, this specific product is always cut to a specific order, shipped immediately, and its intended to be unpackaged and installed by customer asap, allowing proper and natural exposure to the surrounding environment.
Brick It issues account statements bi-weekly. You will only receive it if there are is an open balance on the account.
Account activity statements can be obtained by request.
Invoice is issued based on materials shipped and not on prepayments. Even if the order has been prepaid, invoice will be generated for each shipment.
Packing Slip is a document created in our warehouse upon order shipment. It confirms quantities shipped; NOT ordered! Those are two different things that do not always match.
Brick It issues Invoices based on what is shipped (not ordered). We typically Invoice every shipment separately. Other arrangements can be made in advance. Please inform our staff of your special requirements.
Order conformation confirms the material quantities and agreed price of your order. It might be delivered to you in the form of a print, pdf or an email.
Picking Slip is Brick-It’s internal warehouse’s document that orders are packed from. This document generally doesn’t concern our customers.
Upon request, you can receive a “Pro Forma Invoice”. This is just a different name for a Quote or an Order Conformation. All final Invoices will still be generated and sent to you for each shipment that occurs, and if anything changes during the sell process, those might not match the Proforma one.
We advise against usage of Pro Forma Invoice as your final Invoice. In order for your paperwork to match ours perhaps you should consider to:
- Issue a Purchase order to Brick It for the correct material quantities and price.
- Based on that PO, generate a Prepayment to Brick It
- Physically count the material upon arrival and compare it to Brick-It’s Packing Slips.
- Upon Brick It’s Invoice arrival, apply all collected information and documents to each other.
- This practice will ensure proper material and tracking through the entire process.
Estimates are typically none binding and not exact, presented verbally or by written document. They might change at anytime. Typically, we issue them when all details of the projects are unknown such as: exact product quantities, delivery quantities, delivery dates, etc. We do not accept prepayment on Estimates.
Quotes are prepared based on specific known facts and details. Those can be prepaid, converted to orders, and processed through our system. Quotes expire, and need to be updated after 30 days from issuing date.
Any changes or adjustments to your current order will be confirmed by new/current order conformation document. Multiple smaller shipment created from one order is a good example of that.
Brick It does not discriminate. Our product is available to everyone. No job is too big or too small. We greatly appreciate your business and will offer unsurpassed customer service.
Brick It sells to homeowners, weekend warriors, contractors, architects, end users etc. We are especially loved by chain stores, chain restaurants where the same brick is specified in multiple locations throughout the country or the world. They simply place their orders at one place, and then it will ship to all their jobsite locations as per client’s specifications. It eliminates the need for local material sourcing and assures consistency.
Note to all the customers not familiar with this industry:
Behind computer clicks or the phone, there are real people doing real jobs creating real financial obligations. Order cancelations are rarely on option and returns never are on most products. This is not a retail fashion industry with enormous margins.
Ron Trezza created a prototype of the system in 1985, filed for the patent, and Brick It was formed.
Overall services provided be Brick It are unmatchable by anyone in the country. Even though small and limited thin brick selections can be at times found in other places, they rarely meet customer’s satisfaction or time frame. Thin brick is a specialized product and other building supply yards are busy selling regular brick, cement, sand and other more popular masonry products. Further, finding a direct supplier that can provide large selection of thin brick, brick cutting service, installations system and great logistical solution to customers is something we didn’t find in the country. We even search it internationally. Remember, we manufacture the installation systems. Most desired Thin bricks by our customers are the ones cut out of full brick, and since we cut it ourselves, we have control over the process. We are Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) for majority of the products we sell and distribute.
Thin Brick Showroom and Phone support is open Mon-Fri 8:00am to 4:30pm.
Walk in Contractor’s Store is open Mon-Fri 7am to 4:30 pm, Sat 7:00am to 1:00pm.
Brick It has a 3,000 square feet showroom in Hauppauge NY, and extensive website for all of our distant customers. Often physically visiting customers end up browsing the website anyway as it is very informative.
Brick-Its goal is to provide answers and solutions to thin brick industry customers, and to make products more accessible to everyone.
It is a bad business practice to tell customers what they need and sell it to them at this same time. We recognize a conflict of interest here. Customers are required to provide us with a basic job information such as square footage of the job and linear footage of outside corners, and we will help with calculations of each system’s installation component.
Basic material quantity requirements are the responsibility of the person who is financially responsible for the job’s contract (typically a contractor).
In the early 80’s, Ron Trezza, a local cladding contractor with an Accounting Degree and football player along the side of legendary Jim Brown conceived an idea of creating thin brick panel system. What prompted him to do so, was his constant struggle of thin brick installations. He created a prototype of the system, filed for patents and trademarks, and in 1985 thin brick panel system was officially on the market.
Laws might vary depending on the state but NY State explains it in details here:
We pride ourselves in our products and we guarantee our customers new and high-quality goods. We recognize the fact that customers do not expect to receive materials that were returned or left over from previous projects, therefore we do not except returns on any of the commodity products we offer.
Due to the nature of commodity business such as economics, lot discrepancies, etc., all sales are final. Your order alteration might or might not be possible in the early stage (24-48 hours) and will depend on the product ordered, as all orders are being almost immediately processed though our system, materials being sourced, bricks being cut etc. All orders not picked up, or not delivered due to customer’s fault within 60 days of being “ready to ship” will be discarded and fully invoiced to customer.
This is a low margin industry selling heavy products that do not justify free returns or consequence free cancelations. Please confirm to "Measure Twice Cut Once!" rule.
Most of our resellers do not sell enough of the product to keep it in stock. Some even order samples from us online on per request bases as the need arrives. In most likely scenario your order would ship from the same “ship from” point anyway.
You have obviously found us and visiting our website. Wouldn’t be easier just to order a sample yourself, and eliminate that extra level of complexity of having another “middleman” and additional cost?
Thin veneers and full veneers have their own separate, well respected place in the construction industry. We always say that thin brick should never be viewed as a cheaper alternative to full brick veneer. It should be used in areas where full brick cannot be used or where installation of a brick shelf (steel or concrete) is challenging and/or very expansive. Thin Brick can deliver a lot of solutions to your structural challenges.
Each brick product page offers a place to order brick samples, and mortar color channel sample is located under the mortar tab.
We do not Install. It is highly unethical to compete with our own customers.
FYI, we have experience in masonry contracting field. Brick It panel system was originally developed for our own use. We don’t just sell it. We have used it ourselves before we started selling it. It works!
Brick, Mortar and Stone Samples can be purchased online at any time or by contacting our office Mon-Fri 8:00am - 4:30pm EST.
Products should be purchased by contacting us directly during our regular business hours Mon-Fri 8:00am - 4:30pm. Costs assessments heavily rely on accurate understanding that takes into consideration product’s choice, its manufacturing plant, job site location and the size of the order. It’s always best to talk to us so that we can skillfully match product solution, advise on availability based on your circumstances, and come up with most economical freight solution for your project’s location.
Product Quoting and Job Bidding:
Product quoting is available for repeat customer who are familiar with our products and freight logistics. Such customer can build their own product configurations on our website and get prices for their job bidding purposes.