With proper professional installation, brick veneer can prove to be a lovely addition to any home.
Veneer, sometimes called facing, is the name given to any surfacing material. Brick veneer is simply a veneer with a thin brick surface on the front. There are varieties produced for both indoor and outdoor applications, with installation varying greatly between the two. Some veneers look very similar to traditional red brick, while others opt for a more rustic appearance.
On interior walls, brick veneer is laid similarly to tile.
A mortar is spread on the wall and the bricks are set into place on top of the mortar. Plastic spacers separate the bricks during the drying process to create even spacing between them. Once the mortar has set up, the brick is then grouted. Indoor brick is most popular for decorating walls around inset fireplaces, or for producing an industrial feel in apartments that were once old factories.
Outdoor installation of brick veneer is very different than its indoor counterpart. The veneer is not installed directly on top of the house, but rather as a free standing wall anchored to the house. The anchors, also called brick ties, are connected to the house through joints in the mortar. The bricks are set on a foundation and built from the ground up and are supported by their own weight.
Despite these drawbacks, outdoor brick veneer is an attractive and classic choice for many home owners. It provides durability with low maintenance requirements. With bricks veneer, there is no extra painting required as there is with wood or metal siding, and there is significantly less chance of damage than vinyl siding.