installation methods

For thin brick field installation, the recommended installation methods in the TNCA (Tile Council of North America's) "Handbook for Ceramic Tile Installation" and ANSI (American National Standards Institute) standards should be followed.

Note: Differences in color shades of thin brick products are a natural occurrence as a result of the manufacturing process. To achieve the natural blended appearance, remember to mix thin bricks from different cartons and pallets.

Advanced Formliners, Speedymason, embedded thin bricks, thin brick concrete, thin brick tilt-up, PCI thin brick, thin brick precast, thin brick mortar, brick slips. 

Embedding into Precast Concrete

Installing waxed thin bricks face down into a form liner made to a specific pattern in a casting bed.   This method is used in Tilt-up Concrete construction as well as Precast Plants.  This affordable but high-end method provides a fantastic building envelope that will last for centuries.

traditional method

A metal lath is used and a scratch coat of thinset mortar is applied over the top of the metal lath then dried, then a notch trowel is used to apply a second layer of thin set adhesive and the thin bricks are applied directly on top and pressed into the thinset.  After set, the grout can be applied between the thin bricks.

Cement Board Panel Systems

Cement board thin bricked panels is a cement board with thin bricks adhered to the board.  The panels give customers the ability to design without the expense of a foundation or the expense of labor associated with brick masonry.

Metal Panel Systems

Metal panel thin brick systems give the flexibility in design with eliminating the cost of the foundation and a light building envelope.  This system is usually installed with drainage layers as water can penetrate through the panel and weeps out the bottom.

Exterior Composite Brick Lath

Speedymason brand is the only system of this catagory and it allows a full set of thinset mortar between the panel and the thin brick but also includes guides to show where to place the thin brick for easy installation, this system has the integrity of the tradition method but saves time and labor costs.

Peel-N-Stick Interior System

This method is for interior only, it is a patented composite panel made only by Speedymason that can attach directly over drywall, or almost any sheathing.  The panel is made with an adhesive layer, peel off the release liner, stick the brick and grout after.  This is the fastest and easiest method of installation.

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European Dry Mix Method


The European Dry Mix Method is as superior as the North American method however the mortar is does not get on the face of the brick during installation and therefore ensures a beautiful appearance.