Bringing the outdoors, in!

Summit Brick Company: Color - Morocco
Summit Brick Company: Color – Morocco

There is a trend we love for interior spaces right now, and that is bringing the outdoors in! Large windows, indoor plants, natural décor, and how about what is on the exterior of your home? Thin brick looks great inside, too! It gives a vintage yet trendy ambiance to a kitchen, living room, bedroom, or even bathroom. Rustic chic, anyone? It has the versatile function for character in any vintage or contemporary style home.  Building a wine cellar or bar in your basement?  When entertaining guests in your own home, give them the warmth and welcoming richness of brick to accompany that glass of wine.

Best part for stylish, thrifty homeowners? It is DIY! The do-it-yourself-er needs to look no further for their next home project. Thin brick does not require a structural footing as it is well below the 15 lbs per square foot maximum for adhered veneer. There are also great systems such as TABS II that make installation a breeze.  All you need is a few simple tools and you can paint your wall will real clay masonry.  Summit Brick Company carries a variety of colors to fit your next project and corners are available to give the appearance of full bed depth masonry.  We also have the ability to make custom thicknesses so you can show relief and shadow effects if you choose to do a soldier course or any other architectural detail.  Let your imagination run wild!

Look at our Pinterest “Interiors” board to get inspired here!

Check out Summit Brick Company’s thin brick here.

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Brick and Mortar

Mortar is the bonding agent that integrates brick into a masonry assembly. Mortar must be strong, durable and capable of keeping the masonry intact, and it must help to create a water-resistant barrier   (The Brick Industry Association).

Although we like to focus on our quality brick, mortar makes up 17% of any brick work so it carries a large amount of importance as well. Aesthetics, weather, exposure, function, and other factors need to be considered when deciding what mortar type will be used for a project.

There are four different types of mortar. See table below:

mortar table

(Table from The Brick Industry Association)

The way we like to remember the more common mortar types in the office is:

Type N for Normal (this is the most common mortar type)

Type S for Strong

Type M for Mega Strong projects

Beyond functional and structural purposes, another consideration for mortar is color. Color can completely change the way a brick color, building, wall, home, etc. look. In the picture above, that is our Summit Plant’s Coronado brick on BOTH houses. The color of the mortar drastically changes the appearance of the two homes. In the second picture, the mortar is also smeared over the brick to create a different aesthetic. The option of color mortar, different mortar joints and techniques contributes an added aesthetic layer to the appearance of a brick project.

There are many different components of mortar. Check out the following links to learn more about what holds us together!

http://www.gobrick.com/Portals/25/docs/Technical%20Notes/TN8B.pdf

http://www.gobrick.com/Portals/25/docs/Technical%20Notes/TN8.pdf

Jessica Huebner
Marketing Manager
Jessica Huebner has been working in Marketing at Summit Brick Company since July of 2013.