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Can I fit brick slips myself or do I need a tiler?

Can I fit brick slips myself or do I need a tiler?

One of the questions we get asked the most is….Do i need a tiler or a bricklayer to fit them?

We would recommend a tiler over a brick-layer as the job is closer to traditional ceramic tiling rather than brick laying. However, it is a project that we think anyone with an interest in DIY could quite easily do and find enjoyable.

Check out our step-by-step installation guide below for a run through of what it takes to go from a plain boring wall to an exposed brick wall, full of reclaimed character and charm.

Step 1 - Surface Prep
Step 1 - Surface Prep
Remove any loose paint or plaster, and repair any flaking surfaces. Dust down the prepared surface and remove any grease or dirt. Seal the surface with a suitable primer. Mark out level lines using a spirit level on the blank wall surface.
Step 2 - Adhesive
Step 2 - Adhesive
Mix your tile adhesive to the desired consistency as per the instructions on the packaging. Apply the adhesive to the surface with a thickness of 3-4mm to an area you can cover quickly. Use an adhesive trowel to comb the surface.
Step 3 - Fit the brick slips
Step 3 - Fit the brick slips
From the bottom upwards, fix your brick slips to the desired surface, cutting in where necessary. Fix your second course, using your desired bond pattern and placing spacers between courses. Complete the area whilst the adhesive is still workable.
Step 4 - Pointing
Step 4 - Pointing
Once all the brick slips are fitted. Ensure the slips are clean and dry, remove the spacers, then apply the pointing mortar between the joints. This can be squeezed into the joints using a pointing tool, piping bag or with a trowel.
Step 5 - Seal
Step 5 - Seal
If desired, when all the pointing has been completed, brush the whole wall to remove any loose deposits ensuring the surface is clean and dry. Apply a coat of matt finish sealer to the surface of the brick slips using either a brush or roller.

Or if DIY isn’t your thing then why not give one of our approved installers a quick call to discuss your project. 

All our approved installers come highly recommended and have a vast experience installing our brick slips on all projects big and small.

 

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