Wood paneling is one of your best options if you plan to give your home a new look. There are many types of wood paneling. We have the common wall paneling, stone paneling, bamboo paneling and brick paneling. Brick paneling is quite easy. It gives the same effect of brick masonry but at a cheaper cost. It is also easier to install. Brick paneling serves many advantages. One of it is the idea of saving a lot of time. One brick can cover a good amount of space at once. Filling up a panel with bricks is easier compared to other materials (like thin sheets of wood).
Aside from the convenience of installing, brick panels are very versatile. It works well both in indoor and outdoor, whether for residential or commercial use. It never fails to elicit a very classy and elegant look. Not to mention also that bricks are very strong, heavy and durable. Brick panels are unwavering in the house fashion. It is always one of the favorite materials for house constructions, and it never fails to deliver the right kind of effect that a house owner is expecting.
The common size of brick panels are 16 x 48 x 1 inches. Its weight is 26 pounds per blackboard panel and 40 pounds per cement board panel. The packaging for blackboard is 91 panels per pallet, and 70 panels per pallet for cement board. The materials produced are called brickette panels usually assembled in a factory. A panel brick weighs 1/5 of the full weight of the full-size brick. Each brick panel may be applied to any structurally sound substrate. It requires no footing or any kind of support. You also do not need to worry about the load bearing walls. Whatever product involving brick siding can be handled by brick panels.
Brick panels give natural beauty to all kinds of application. They can be used for new construction or renovation. It is a very versatile material. The adhesive used for brick panels is a synthetic rubber base adhesive. This adhesive must comply with the specification of APA. It should be waterproof and produced specifically for exterior use to guarantee the durability of your structure.
In installing and assembling the brick panel, the first thing to do is to fasten the panel to the supporting construction. This can be done by driving fasteners. The backing materials per square foot should not be less than two fasteners. There should be a water-resistant barrier applied in the substrate. The panel brick fabricated in the cementation backer board should be used where the panels are being installed. The location should be below six inches above the grade.
The brick panels system requires application of channels which are 1 inch by 3 inch J or L channels. These channels provide the adequate system relief that you need for your brick panel. Fill the masonry joints with mortar after setting your panel. It should be cement and masonry sand combined. This mixture will be mixed to a consistency that will flow through a grout bag.
Always maintain the brick panel by cleaning it regularly. If you plan to detach the brickettes, clean the area of old mortar where it was attached before, before applying new bricks.