Frequently Asked Questions
Most popular questions
Our Continues Insulation System (CI) will provide additional R11 of insulation value to the wall composite.
Unfortunately Thin Brick by itself will only add insignificant amount of approximately R0.05 of insulation.
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 the constant struggle of installation of thin brick. He created a prototype of the system, filed for the patent, and in 1985 thin brick panel system was officially on the market.
Brick It goal is to provide answers to Thin Brick Industry. We believe that we have most of them answered.
Ron Trezza created a prototype of the system in 1985, filed for the patent, and Brick It was formed.
Thin Brick Showroom Mon-Fri 8:00am to 4:30pm
Contractor Store Mon-Fri 7:00am to 4:30pm, 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.
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 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 our selves, we have control over our process. We are Original Equipment Manufactorer (OEM) for majority of the products we sell and distribute ony a hand full.
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 home owners, 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.
Brick it operates out of multiple “Ship From” locations located in different parts of the country. The exact ship from point will depend on the brick choice, availability, and order size.
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 determined by your choice of brick etc.
Every shipping quote is customized to each customer’s quote and specifications. Each quote is entered into a bidding pool where shipping companies compete for your business assuring the best possible price.
Shipping method will depend on the order. Samples and small orders will be shipped using 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 Rail Road and Sea Containers.
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.
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.
Please check if the material quantities on the Packing Slip match the quantities you are receiving. This is very important! Please do not skip on this step. We are humans, and errors do happen.
Note: Lift Gates on small orders are not required and are not automatically added to the service. Product is shipped on the skid but packaged in small boxes and can be unloaded off the truck by hand. Please contact our office you wish to add the lift gate to your service.
If you notice any damage, you must document it. Please use the driver as your witness, make notes on a bill of lading and have the driver initial or sign them. If possible, take pictures. Once you have documented it, please notify our customer service department. With your proper documentation, we will send you replacement right away and deal with the shipping company ourselves later. Please accept the delivery and do not discard any damaged material.
Any changes or adjustments to your current order will be conformed by new/current order conformation document. Multiple smaller shipment created from one order is a good example of that.
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 generaly doesn’t concern our customers.
Brick It issues Invoices based on what is shipped (not ordered). You can expect to receive one invoice 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.
Invoice is issued based on the material shipped and not on the prepayment. Even if the order has been prepaid, invoice will be generated for each shipment.
Upon request, you can receive a “Pro Forma Invoice”. This is just a different name for an Order Conformation and all final Invoices will still be generated and sent to you for each shipment that occurs.
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 insure proper material and tracking throug the entire process.
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.
Yes. We sell to anyone that is on the market for Thin Brick Products.
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!
We do have a 3,000 square feet physical showroom at our Hauppuage location and a website for all of our distant clients.
Lead time of a product will depend on the brick. Typically bricks that are in stock will ship within 3 business days. Shipping date of a brick veneer that is cut out of the the full brick will depend on the schedule of our wet shop which constantly changes (aprox. 7-15 business days) All out of stock or special order brick will typically take between 8-12 weeks. No worries, we are usually pretty successful with finding alternative options if necessary.
You can request Samples on our our website. You can also contact us for any special arrangements.
Catalogs are a thing of a past and we no longer print them. Besides, our website is over a thousand pages long. Can you imagine the catalogue? Let’s save a tree…
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 can not 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.
Thin set system is a traditional method of tile installation. Tile is being installed using specially formulated Thin-set adhesives directly to substrate.
For interiors, Thin-Set system is the least expensive system on the market. Some Thin-Set components designed specifically for exteriors could be vey costly erasing any reasonable arguments for its application. This laborious process was designed with tile in mind, which is about half the weight and thickness of a thin brick. Bricks often slide and shimming might be required. Savings in material costs are typically lost on the labor end. For comparison, mechanic using thin-set system will install on average of 250-350 thin bricks in a day where that same mechanic can install 1,200-1,400 brick using one of our Metal Grid Systems. Often customers that choose this system for their thin brick installation, will get discouraged in the middle of the project and will switch to our Metal Grid System.
Most Thin-Set, Thin Brick installation jobs look like the one shown in the photograph below.
Yes, but it is by insignificant amount when compared to the proper thickset system components. Savings in material costs are lost on the labor end when used to install thin brick. Please obtain detailed quotes for comparison.
We recommend using this system for installation of irregular shaped thin stone veneers or Clinker bricks.
Thick-bed installations are based on the traditional method of creating cementitious bed over a surface before installing the brick tile. For wall applications, metal lath is mechanically anchored to the substrate, and the mortar locks into the metal lath as it cures. Thin Brick or stone is adhered to the bed using polymer modified mortars.
This is a traditional method for thin veneer installation that is used by contractors. It requires some knowledge and experience of the masonry trade. Most contractors will use this system to install thin stones but for thin brick they will use one of our metal grid systems for its ease and speed of installation. Although Thick-Set System is an option, it is not a preferred method for thin brick installations.
Thin Bricks are preinstalled on EPS foam panel. Panels interlock with each other using tong and groove design and it is fasten to a wall using our patented clip.
Insulated Panel System was Brick-It’s first invention in the early eighties. It earned us two US Patents based on which Brick It Company was formed. Our IPS system is currently being replaced by more advanced Continuous Insulation System.
Fake brick panels, fake bricks or brick wall papers, have their own place on the market and should not be compared to a real brick. Detailed quotes should be obtained in your decision making process.
In practice, that is not the case at all. Panelized systems do have their limitation and are difficult to detail around corners, windows and are nearly impossible to work with on chimneys and columns. Bricks can not be adjusted and small infill pieces are often visible creating improper architectural details.
If your project is a large warehouse with large flat walls and limited amount of doors and windows, in theory that installation process might be a bit faster. Also, if that warehouse is located by a highway where it is mostly visible from a distance or from a fast moving vehicle, details might not matter. You decide…
Our Continuous Insulation system is the only patent pending solution to the latest construction energy codes that ads 2” of polystyrene extruded insulation to your wall. This system provides 100% thermal break between interior and exterior of the building.
Simple answer: R11.
Each inch of foam adds R5 (we use 2”) plus drainage matt that adds additional R1.
It is an option for you but most lumber constructed walls with the latest insulating technology meet energy codes and our CI system is not required.
Usually our CI system is installed on commercial jobs in steel stud and gypsum sheeting wall construction.
We achieve 100% thermal break by using none condensate eyelet (washer), and foam drainage matt.
Button plate is basically a structural 16-gauge L shape galvanized steel with screw holes 16” on center, that in combination with special screws creates safe fastening substrate to receive our Metal Grids, laths for Thickset system, or even cement stucco and other siding cladding materials.
With a use of our structural Batten Plates and special screws, based on our tests we can hang about 450 LB per square foot of material in the worst case scenario. In a more typical setting (no strapping), system will hold up to 650LB per square foot.
FYI, OUR TYPICALL SYSTEM WILL WEIGH ABOUT 7 LB PER SQUARE FOOT!
If you buy the foam from us it will come notched every 16” on center. Simply press it in place, or if you find that a bit difficult, it can be tapped in place using a rubber mallet.
There is always an option of strapping entire wall every 16” OC for easier installation. We understand that this will add some extra cost to your job, so we recommend to do at least strapping inside and outside corners. This will assure proper Batten Plate installation in those locations.
The largest advantage of a roll formed panel is that it has continuous ledges. Not only they add to rigidity but also allowed us to create “tong and groove” locking system for easy installation. We also install linear area of adhesive holes. Those allow adhesive to sip through them and bridge any oil canning that commonly occurs when fastening sheet metal. You will also find punch outs for the mortar to lock in to it.
We recommend using Thin-Set system on the floor veneer installation.
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 “middle man” and additional cost?
All sales are final. We do not except returns.
This system has all the futures of our Metal Grid System with moisture management capabilities. The idea is to take 100% of water from the front of the panel, and redirect it to the back every 8”. We accomplish that with strategically placed offset weep holes.
Our high impact drainage matt provides rapid exit for water which is naturally absorbed by brick and keeps free air flow between the veneer and the wall.
During our system developments and testing, we discovered that water tends to go around a round hole and not in it. This is especially true when the hole is punched from the back of the panel that creates a microscopic lip. Based on that finding we have redirected the direction and shape of the punch.
We offer three sizes: 1/8”, 3/16” and 1/2”. 3/16’ one seems to be the most popular one among our customers.
We are not a water barrier manufacturer and will not be your best resource for that question. 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.
It is a bit. Drainage matt has extra system components and the galvanized coating is a higher grade. We say that it is like an insurance policy, and the only way to know if its worth to purchase it is to quote it. The choice is yours.
This is the system of choice for interior applications and it remains the best selling product for exteriors.
It will depend on the brick type and thickness. It’s usually about 7 lbs per square foot.
Metal Panels can be installed directly over drywall but shouldn’t be fasten to it. Fasteners should be driven directly to the studs.
The grid has an interlocking top and bottom edge to help maintain level. Always check for level after installing a number of rows. Always offset vertical grid joints and leave 1/8” between joints. Figure brick to extend pass grid by 1/2” at grid ends. Notch ledges and bend the grid to adopt to outside corners. Use one fastener for each brick raw every 16”
Applications that require corners: Place adhesive on grid for one row of bricks to check layout. Always start with the corner brick, or a corner brick at-each corner if there are comers at both ends. Install bricks adjusting vertical joints for fit or cut brick as required. See reverse side of this sheet for cutting brick.
Applications that do not require corners; Install bricks in direction of arrows as shown in above illustration. Place adhesive on two rows of grid in the middle of the wall. 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.
It is galvanized steel roll formed to receive Thin Brick.
NO. Since the panel is a roll formed there is no need for started channels and it adopts to outside corners. You might need some common flashings that are usually made to fit on the job.
…and fasteners of course.
Absolutely! Over the years we watched many people with different levels of construction skills using our metal grid system. Pride and sense of achievement is irreplaceable.
Out of all the systems that we sell, our Designer Metal Grid (DMG) panel system is the easiest, most convenient and cost effective, and by far the most popular. However, if moisture control is a concern, our MCS system should be given serious consideration. Continuous Insulation System (CI) adds a layer of 2” polystyrene insulation with proper fastening system to meet latest building codes.
Recently we started listing contractors that have used Brick It products on our website. These contractors are in a good standing with Brick It, but operate their own businesses. Prior to hiring a contractor some consideration should be given to executing typical background checks. Finding them on our website is only one the first step… Brick It is not responsible for the quality of their work.
Added strength, ease of installation and the most importantly speed. Just for comparison; skilled installer using conventional system like thin or thickset can set about 250 to 350 thin bricks in a day, but using metal grids that will increase from 1100 to 1400 pcs. Ohh, and most of the work is being done by one mechanic and rest of the crew consists of helpers. It’s cost effective.
The answer will depend on the type of your project, but Stucco Contractors, Masons, Carpenters, and Tile Setters are capable of handling the installation. We have also seen Landscapers, Plumbers, Electricians and Painters do the same. Please do your research before you decide.
We carry very large selection of manufactured Real Thin Brick veneers, but in order to provide even larger brick color and texture selection, we offer Brick Cutting Service.
Remember; not all brick types can be manufactorerd in Thin Brick version.
Brick It"s ability to cut full brick to thin veneer greatly expands library of colors and textures for our customers. In addition, it allows us to satisfy orders in times when Thin Brick becomes temporarily unavailable, or when different Brick thicknesses are required, or matching new Thin Brick Veneer to an existing structure.
Note: Bricks like Hand Molded, Machine Molded and Reclaimed are not available in thin veneer line. Those all have to be cut.
Yes. We cut all bricks to thin veneers regardless of the hardness. Some will cut easier than others…
Yes. In fact our Brick Cutting Service is called BYOB – Bring Your Own Brick.
… or you can purchase it from us. Click here for our Full Brick Library.
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.
By default, we cut all our veneer to 5/8”. Upon request we can adjust the thickness to meet customer’s request. That especially becomes useful for architectural details such as decorative Rollack bands, coins and chimney details.
Yes we can. It will require a specialized quote. Please contact our office 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. 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.
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 but definitely at least 5-6% for machine molded, and 7-10% for hand molded products.
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 proof that for you.
Brick It thin brick is manufactured to conform requirements of ASTM C1088, but simply put, is a severe weather kiln fired real clay masonry unit that is typically 1/2” (+/-) thick, but it can exceed thickness of 1¾” in some custom applications.
- Extruded – made by being forced through an opening in a steel die, with a very consistent size and shape
- Wire Cut – cut to size after extrusion with a tensioned wire which may leave drag marks
- Paper Cut – cut to size after extrusion with a tensioned wire through paper which lets in rounded brick edges
- Moulded – shaped in molds rather than being extruded
- Machine-Moulded - clay is forced into molds using pressure
- Handmade-Moulded - clay is forced into molds by a person
- Sand Face – sand is thrown on to the face of the wet brick leaving specific finish
- Glazed – brick that undergoes extra finishing step of glazing
- Clinker – result of wet bricks placed too close to the fire
At Brick It we only deal with severe weather kiln fired real clay Thin Brick. We can’t speak for others…
Most of thin bricks ae approximately 1/2” thick (+/-). Please refer to shape and size table in product page for details on each individual product of interest.
Most popular and common brick is called Modular (MOD) with face dimensions of 2 ¼” x 7 5/8”, and Hand Made Oversize (HMO) 2 ¾” x 8 ½” for our Hand-Molded products. See full thin brick size table below with their abbreviations as they appear on our documents:
Modular (MOD) 2 ¼ x 7 5/8
Standard (STA) 2 ¼ x 8
Norman (NOR) 2 ¼ x 11 5/8
Saxon (SAX) 2 ¼ x 15 5/8
Modified Standard (MST) 2 ½ x 8
Modified Norman (MNR) 2 ½ x 11 5/8
Queen (QUE) 2 5/8 x 7 5/8
King (KIN) 2 ¾ x 9 5/8
Engineer Modular (EMD) 2 ¾ x 7 5/8
Engineer Standard (EST) 2 ¾ x 8
Handmade Oversize 2 ¾ x 8 ½
Kingstone (KGS) 2 ¾ x 11 5/8
Closure/Econo (CLO) 3 5/8 x 7 5/8
Utility (UTI) 3 5/8 x 11 5/8
Titan (TIT) 3 5/8 x 15 5/8
8-Square (SQU) 7 5/8 x 7 5/8
Double Utility (DUT) 7 5/8 x 11 5/8
Everyday, 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 waste water disposal. Depending on what equipment you will be using, each cut can take up to one gallon of water. It just does not compute.
Yes. Lots of our customers paint brick to desired colors.
During the brick selection process, customers are faced with decisions regarding brick color and texture. Since your wall will get painted, brick color is irrelevant but texture still remains very important and shouldn’t be ignored.
Yes. It must conform to one of the US standard sizes and appropriate panels to match that size.
Hammer, Drill, Metal Snips, Large Tube Caulking Gun, Mortar Bag, Joint Tool, Mortar Mixer
Proper installation shouldn’t require cleaning. Some bricks with delicate textures can not and should not be cleaned or robbed, as such action can alter the product surface. On the other hand, Wire-Cut or Smooth Textured brick can be cleaned using masonry cleaning products. Please refer to specific product manufacturer for details.
Generally speaking: Non-Corrosive preferably ribbed fasteners with sufficient penetration to firmly secure grid to wall.
Most installations do not require it. We are not huge fans of it as such action can alter the brick appearance. Please test a wall section prior to sealer application. If you would like to research this further, please refer to specific product manufacturer for details.
Bricks can be cut using a diamond blade. Tile saws are often used. However, we find a splitter to be a very usefull tool.
There are few technics but we feel that the safest way is to apply 3 dabs of adhesive approximately the size of a dime in the back of the brick.
Place Brick It supplied mortar mix into a 5 gal. bucket and add cold water slowly until mortar is thoroughly mixed. Use a mortar mixer with 1/2” drill - slow speed, (approx 450-550 RPM) Mortar is properly mixed when it flows out of mortar bag. Try a small sample area.
Apply mortar into joints. Horizontal first, than 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 insure 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 & NIGHT TIME TEMPERATURES ARE BELOW
40 DEGREES F.
We do not recommend that technique because most of the bricks can not be cleaned off in a similar way to the tile. Mortar simply doesn’t come off the face and might leave a permanent stain on the face of the brick. However, that might be your desired finish…? Please test your idea techniques on the sample panels and not on a main wall. Below it a picture of a project using a sponge on one of our Sand-Face bricks. We thought it was a mistake but you decide…
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 wood substrates before installing gird.
Always stagger grid vertical joints. Leave minimum 1/8” space between joints and 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.
In our VIDEO section you can find three-part detailed video. You might find it a bit long and perhaps outdated but its time well spent. The gentleman in that video is Brick-It’s inventor. He speaks from his heart, and for sentimental reasons we don’t have a heart to replace it Please click here and see it for yourself.