• How to Lay Brick Effect Tiles

How To Lay Brick Effect Tiles

Exposed brick is one of those looks that adds instant character and charm to your home, but if you don’t already have a brick wall visible it can be an expensive, time consuming and messy job. Either you have to unearth a brick wall buried beneath layers of plaster, or build a brand new one. But we have the solution to this problem with our range of brick effect wall tiles.

Whether you are looking to add a rustic and traditional feel to your home, or are going for more of an urban and industrial style, an exposed brick wall is a timeless look. You can get this look quickly and easily using a tile that has been designed to resemble realistic brick. We stock different colours and sizes of brick effect tile so that you can choose just the right one to suit your style.

Select Your Style

Firstly you need to choose the right brick effect tile for your project. We stock the slim 250x60mm Battersea range which resembles traditional bricks, or the 200x100mm Wisconsin range which is more of a standard tile size. All of these tiles have a lot of variation, so when you buy a box the colour and pattern will vary on each tile. This helps create a realistic brick effect and ensures you don’t get too many of the same design. Wisconsin tiles are available in white, grey or cotto red mixes, and Battersea tiles come in Dover White, brown Claydon Multicoloured, red Bromley Sunset, dark grey Stafford Charcoal and light grey River Fog.

Pick Your Pattern

Brick effect tiles look totally different depending on the layout you choose. We would recommend buying a box of your prefered tile and laying them out in a few different patterns to get a feel of the finished look. A traditional brick bond is always a safe bet when using brick tiles, but something unusual like a herringbone pattern could add extra style. Remember to think about your grout joints when playing with patterns, as an exposed brick wall would have wider joints than a traditional tiled surface. Use T spacers to create even grout joints between brick bond and herringbone patterns.

Adhesive & Grout

Make sure the adhesive you choose is suitable for the environment you are going to use it in, for example is it suitable for walls and floors, or wet areas? The same goes for grout – ensure that your grout is suitable for the width of joints you have chosen and for the type of environment it will be used in. Textured tiles may need to be sealed or coated before you start grouting to make removing any excess afterwards easier.

Make The Cut

To keep your pattern neat and great looking you will need to cut some tiles for the edges – make sure you plan this carefully before you start so you are not hunting for the right pieces while tiling. Start in the middle and work towards the edges, with any cut tiles continuing around the corners where possible to keep the continuity.

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