- Bricks stored on a building site should not be exposed to any contamination such as mortar or concrete.
- Brick slips should be stored in their original packaging in an area where they will not be exposed to damp, dirt or mechanical damage.
- Due to the firing process and differences in bricks and slip production technology, some variation in the colour or size of the products can occur. Therefore, it is recommended that sufficient bricks/slips to complete the project are bought in one batch.
- Check the water absorption properties of the bricks so that you choose an appropriate mortar type.
- Pre-mixed masonry mortars should be used for laying bricks. The preparation of mortar involves adding a specified amount of water to the dry mix. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions given on the packaging. Do not add any extra water to mortar during because differences in mortar shades may occur.
- With brick slips we recommend the use of readymade flexible adhesives designed to fix external ceramic tiles. When selecting an adhesive, consider the type of substrate, working conditions and the method of surface preparation.
- When laying bricks/fixing slips, take bricks/slips from several pallets or packs to minimise slight colour differences between individual production batches and to make the colour of the brickwork homogenous.
- Use clean tools to lay bricks/fix slips. Keep the work place in good order.
- Any staining or contamination of the brick/slip faces should be cleaned immediately with a soft brush or with clean water and a damp sponge.
- Bricklaying should not be undertaken during rain or frost. Do not allow mortar to be washed out from joints to the wall face.
- Recently constructed brickwork should be protected against rain for 14 days with a protective covering that allows a free air flow.
- Generally the same mortar can be used for bricklaying and pointing. The consistency of the mortar for pointing bricks and slips should be that of damp sand.
- For pointing, use a size of pointing trowel to match the desired joint width.
- Do not spread the pointing mortar over the surface of bricks/slips; this may introduce staining that is difficult or impossible to remove.
- Pointing of bricks/ slips should be occur in a topdown direction. Horizontal joints are made first, and then the vertical ones.
- Any staining on the surface of the bricks and tiles from laying, bonding or pointing should be removed at once.
- Do not allow mortar to set on the face of a brick/slip.
- Any excess adhesive squeezed from a slip into the joint spaces between tiles should be removed to allow for the pointing mortar.