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Brick Masonry Techniques Part IV

New Home Construction

FULL HEAD JOINTS | TOOLING MORTAR JOINTS

  • 8-64 times more water passes through speed or clip joint than full head joint in testing
  • Jointing style affects how much water penetrates the wall
  • Tooling brings lines in mortar to the surface to seal the joints against water penetration

SUPPORT OF BRICKWORK AT WALL BASE

  • ⅔ thickness of brick needs to be on brick ledge
  • ⅓ maximum allowed over brick ledge

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Brick Masonry Techniques Part III

New Home Construction

FLASHING 

At Base of Structure    

Flashing at seven different locations according to code
Base flashing around entire building and foundation
20-30 mil synthetic vinyl flashing
Place flashing all the way to face of brick veneer
Overlap and seal flashing at each corner; failure to do so can produce a leaky wall at the corners

Window Head & Sill

Flashing required at head and sill to meet code / Weep...

Brick Masonry Techniques Part II

New Home Construction

WALL TIES

  • Twenty-two gauge galvanized steel 
  • Eight-penny cement coated nail to fasten; nail within one half inch of bend 
  • Cover half of brick with wall tie; back 5/8” from face to prevent staining
  • One wall tie per 2.67 square feet 
  • Modular: one wall tie every 6th course; sixteen inches vertically
  • Every sixteen inches vertically & horizontally
  • Only with wood stud framing and 1“ air space (Max & Min)...

Brick Masonry Techniques Part I

New Home Construction

Below are just a few tips to ensure the brick delivered to the job site are securely stored, are prepped for consistent installation into the wall, and are easy to install for the masonry crew:

SITE PREPARATION

  • Brick covered and on pallets
  • Sand on high spot
  • Be sure moisture level is the same in all brick (wet them if necessary)

HOT & COLD WEATHER MASONRY TIPS

Hot Weather

  • Mortar cannot...

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Mortar Matters

What is Mortar?

Mortar is a compound made of cement, aggregate, pigment, and water.  When combined these materials form cement, so-to-speak, which serves as a bonding agent between two bricks; essentially holding the brick wall together.  In addition, the mortar serves as a moisture barrier, helping to prevent moisture penetration in the wall. 

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Mortar Joint Styles

How is mortar applied between the brick?

The most common mortar joint styles for new residential construction are grapevine and concave joints.  The mortar joint selection, just like the thread in your favorite apparel, can serve as an interesting architectural element. 

One thing to consider when selecting your style is that installation price may vary based on the mortar joint style you select. You should check with your mason or builder to ensure they can successfully lay the mortar joint style you would like and then verify...

Brick Walls and Plantings

Should I allow ivy or other plants to grow on my brick walls?

The short answer is “no.” Plants that grow on brick walls force root tendrils into mortar joints. Moisture can then penetrate deeply into the wall, and the freeze-thaw cycle, as well as the mechanical action of the roots, can cause serious damage to the mortar and even the bricks. This can dramatically shorten the life of a brick wall.

The issue becomes more complex when plants have grown on a brick wall for a long time. Without great care, removing old growth can cause...

Brick Finish

Will the finish come off of my brick?

Brick is made to last for generations; that’s why we love it so much. As with anything, you have to properly care for it to maintain its beauty, but you will not be required to do the extensive upkeep and maintenance that is often required with many other cladding choices. Always feel free to call our customer service team or your sales representative at 800-672-8547 should you have any questions or concerns.

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