Step 1: How to Measure for Product
To get started on a thin brick or Brickwebb project, you will first need to know how much product to order. You will need a tape measure for this process.
Step 2: How to Prep a Painted Wall
Old Mill Brick Brickwebb can be installed on almost any surface. However, some surfaces take some prep work. For a common painted wall, there are just a few steps you’ll need to take to prep the wall for your Brickwebb or Thin Brick project.
Step 3: How to Install Brickwebb Corners
Old Mill Brick Brickwebb corner sheets make installing thin brick corners simple and fast. All you will need is your boxes of Brickwebb corners, your mixed adhesive, ⅜” x ¼” notch trowel, tile cutter, and a level.
Step 4: How to Install Brickwebb Flats
Blurb: Old Mill Brick Brickwebb flat sheets make installing thin brick simple and fast. All you will need is your boxes of Brickwebb, your adhesive or mastick, ⅜” x ¼” notch trowel, tile cutter, level, measuring tape, and a pencil.
Step 5: How to Cut Thin Brick
When doing a Brickwebb project, you will likely come across some obstacles that you need to cut around such as outlets, thermostats, windows, air vents, etc. You’ll also need to cut thin brick at the edge of your wall or floor. You can easily cut your thin brick using a hand held tile cutter.
Step 6: How to Mix Type S Mortar
Most Type S Mortar mix that you can use for grout comes in a powdered form that you mix with water. You will need a five gallon bucket, a hand drill and mixer attachment, your bag of mortar and water.
Step 7: How to Grout with a Grout Bag and Brick Jointer
With Old Mill Brick’s patented systems, you can transform your home over a weekend, or add brick to your commercial project without needing to hire a mason.
Frequency Asked Questions About
Brickwebb is an award winning - patented thin brick product made from the highest quality real kiln-fired clay brick sliced into ½ faces. Several thin bricks are pre-mounted on a durable, fire resistant, fiberglass mesh with the brick already laid out and aligned for quick and easy installation. Brickweb is the easiest and fastest method available to install thin brick for interiors or exteriors.
Brickwebb is available in pre-assembled flat sheets and corner sheets, with 12 color blends to choose from. Eight of our colors are "tumbled brick", having a classic old world, aged, or weathered look and feel. The other four are "straight edge", made from the same brick but not tumbled. The straight edge provides a more uniform (flat and straight) appearance with less color and texture variation.
The Brickwebb system also includes single thin bricks and the tools and materials necessary to complete your project.
We recommend purchasing a sample to see the color and feel the texture of your thin brick before making a large purchase.
It is difficult to get a true representation of color online due to variations in lighting. The actual color of the brick will also vary based on brick batches and color blends of brick. Dust and residue on brick and mortar or grout color will also significantly impact the perceived color of the brick.
Brickwebb is quick and easy to install. It is similar to installing tile. The installation process varies slightly depending on where you are installing your brick. For detailed instructions, please see the install guide that matches your project here.
For most projects, there are 3 simple steps to follow:
Step 1 - Adhesive
First, apply Brickwebb Thin Set (indoor and outdoor) or Brickwebb Mastic (indoor) to surface using ⅜” x ¼” notch trowel. See our Tutorials Videos for more detailed instructions.
Step 2 - Brick
Next, if your project includes corners, apply Brickwebb Thin Brick Sheets - Corners first. Press firmly. Single Thin Bricks - Corners can also be used. Then, apply Brickwebb Thin Brick Sheets - Flats by overlapping exposed webbing. Press firmly. Single Thin Brick - Flats can also be used.
Step 3 - Grout
Traditionally, apply Type-S mortar mix using grout bag and finish with brick jointer. OR apply sanded tile grout using tile float and finish with sponge. (Floor areas must be finished using this method.) See Tutorial Videos for more detailed instructions.
Interior application over drywall, sheetrock, or plaster (painted or unpainted): Use a standard pre-mixed tile mastic. It is usually white and comes premixed in a bucket and can be purchased from your local hardware store in the tile department.
Interior application over cement, backer-board, or other cement-like surfaces: Use Old Mill Brick Thin-Set Adhesive or a similar tile thin-set adhesive. Thin-set adhesive is sold in powder form and requires water and thorough mixing using a drill and mixing drill bit. Thin-set can be purchased online or from your local hardware store in the tile department.
Exterior application over cement, backer-board or other like surfaces: Use Old Mill Brick Thin-Set Adhesive or a similar tile thin-set adhesive. Thin-set adhesive is sold in powder form and requires water and thorough mixing using a drill and mixing drill bit. Thin-set can be purchased online or from your local hardware store in the tile department. Always use a moisture barrier and follow your local building codes.
NOTE: Do not use tile mastic to adhere Brickweb directly to a wooden surface. A polymer modified tile thin-set adhesive can be used over an exterior grade plywood for interior applications only. The recommended brand is VersaBond Fortified Thin Set Mortar, or Mapei Polymer-Enriched Thin-Set Mortar and it can be purchased at your local hardware store in the tile department.
When applying adhesive such as tile thin-set or tile mastic, cover the entire substrate using a 3/8" notch trawl. Generally, 50 lbs of adhesive will cover approximately 70 sq. ft.
For grout you can use either a typical sanded tile grout or a type "S" mortar mix. Plan on an 80 lb bag covering approximately 50 sq. ft.
Brickwebb Thin Brick Sheets - Flats are a rectangular shape with dimensions of 28”W x 10.5”H. There are 12 bricks mounted per sheet covering 1.7 sq. ft. There are 5 flat sheets per box which will cover a total of 8.7 sq. ft.
Tip: To calculate your square footage, measure the length and height, then times them by one another. (example: a wall 10 ft long and 8 ft high = 80 sq. ft.) Brickweb corner sheets are formed at a 90 degree angle with dimensions of 21”H x 15”W. There are 8 corner bricks per sheet which covers 1.76 Linear ft. There are 3 corner sheets per box which will cover a total of 5.3 Linear ft.
Tip: To calculate your Linear ft. for corners, measure the height or distance of a corner (example: measure your corner from floor to ceiling = total Linear ft.)
Thin bricks on Brickwebb Thin Brick Sheets - Flats and Single Thin Brick - Flats are a standard or modular size. Each individual flat brick is 2-1/4"H x 7-5/8"W x 1/2"Thick.
Thin bricks on Brickwebb Thin Brick Sheets - Corners and Single Thin Bricks - Corners are 2-1/4"H x 7-5/8"W x 3-5/8"L x 1/2"Thick.
You can easily cut Brickwebb Thin Brick Sheets and Single Thin Bricks by using a standard tile saw or simple masonry bit hand grinder. A diamond bit blade is best.
Yes. The thin brick is glued onto the fiberglass mesh. You can easily remove a single brick from the webbed sheeting by pulling it off. You may need to do this for individual brick cutting or custom brick placement. The Brickwebb fiberglass mesh can be cut using a utility knife, heavy duty scissors, or tin snips.
Brickwebb Thin Brick can be used on virtually any surface including drywall, painted or unpainted walls, plaster walls, backer board, hardie backer, cement walls or floor, wood (with special polymer fortified thin-set adhesive) and more. The type of adhesive to best use will vary based on where you are placing Brickwebb. See what type of adhesive to use above.
Yes. Brickwebb can be used around a fireplace or stove including the walls and floors. The thin brick is a kiln fired clay brick which is heated at over 2,000 degrees, so it will tolerate extreme heat or cold. Brickwebb is made from non-combustible materials so it is ideal for fireplace, stove, and oven surrounds. Verify the proper space requirements with your stove or fireplace manufacturer. Consult a building professional and check your local building codes.
Places to use thin brick are virtually endless; both interior and exterior. Some ideas where to use Brickwebb include: fireplace or stove surrounds, accent walls, columns, kitchen or bath back-splash, flooring (on a solid surface such as concrete, backer board, etc.), chimney, exterior siding, kitchen islands, bed headboards, wine cellars, man caves, porch or stairs, table tops, outdoor BBQ or kitchen, home exteriors, accent walls, and more. If you have an idea where you have used or want to use Brickwebb, let us know and we can help you with the best way to install it.
Yes. Brickwebb is designed for both interior and exterior applications. It will withstand the outdoor elements as well as add beauty and value to the interior or exterior of your home. There are no additional structural requirements for Brickwebb and most standard walls will easily support the lightweight of Brickwebb thin brick.
You can use type "S" mortar to grout your brick once installed. Alternatively, many people also use a standard sanded tile grout so they can pick a particular color and get a smoother finish. You can use a traditional tile float method or use a brick jointer. See our tutorials page to see the different install methods.
NOTE: Do not use type "S" or type "N" mortar to adhere Brickweb to your surface. Only use these for grouting. See question above on how to adhere Brickwebb.
Inside corners do not require corner brick. Simply cut the flat brick to size and grout the inside corner.
You can paint the Brickwebb by first using a primer such as Kilz and then apply the paint you want. You may also use a cement stain or release agent to customize the look you want.
Yes. Applying a “flat” standard brick or cement sealant for projects such as backsplashes and floors will make the brick and grout easier to clean. Please keep in mind that it may affect the brick color (may darken) so try a small sample before applying it to your entire project. A sealant may also bring out the color variations in the brick for a more defined and diverse look and feel.
In addition to viewing the available color blends on our website, you can also order brick samples that come with four thin bricks from our Samples Page.
Brickwebb Clay Brick units are 2 ½ to 3 times stronger than concrete or cast brick:
Clay Brick – average compressive strengths typically range from 8,000 to 10,000 psi.
Concrete Brick – average compressive strengths typically range from 3,000 to 4,000 psi.
In simple terms, concrete or cast brick absorbs approximately 2-3 times more moisture in the same amount of time as Brickwebb clay brick. Therefore, Brickwebb resists moisture better. This is a great benefit if you live in a moist climate or have freeze-thaw cycles. If you examine the walls of clay brick and concrete brick buildings after heavy rains you will note concrete brick walls can stay damp for days after a rain. More moisture penetration makes brick extra vulnerable to freeze/thaw cycles, therefore concrete brick deteriorates much faster and is more likely to crack or break than Brickweb clay brick.
NOTE: Compare Initial Rate of Absorption (IRA) – products in natural state. Clay Brick absorbs approximately 15-35 grams of moisture per minute per 30 sq. in. Concrete Brick absorbs between 40 and 80 grams per minute per 30 sq. in.
Concrete Brick Definition: A concrete masonry unit made from Portland cement, water, and suitable aggregates, with or without the inclusion of other materials. (Reference ASTM Standard C55 Standard Specification for Concrete Brick)
Clay Brick Definition: A solid masonry unit made of clay or shale formed or extruded into a rectangular prism while plastic and then fired at high temperatures (up to 2000°F) in a kiln oven. Clay or shale brick is a ceramic product. (Reference ASTM Standard C 216 Standard Specification for Facing Brick - Solid Masonry Units Made from Clay or Shale)
There is no additional support needed for Brickwebb. Brickwebb thin brick is lightweight and the average wall will easily support it.
Old Mill Brick has had independent laboratories conduct numerous tests on Brickwebb. In "shear tests" or pull out tests, Brickwebb will stay adhered to most surfaces up to a 2,000 lb pull per brick (130 psi) when adhering Brickwebb directions are followed correctly. Compression strengths range from 8,000 to 10,000 lbs psi making Brickwebb 200% stronger than concrete or cast brick.
Once a full piece of brick is cut into thin brick, the remainder of the brick is recycled into new brick. Brickwebb is a green and sustainable product.
OMB Return Policy
You may initiate a return for most new and unused items within 30 days of delivery for a refund. You must return items in new or unused condition with all original materials included with the shipment. We must receive your returned items within 45 days of delivery. Only regular priced items may be refunded, unfortunately sale items cannot be refunded. We inspect all returned items and award a partial refund for opened or used products. If the return is a result of our error or a defect effecting the entire order, we will refund the full cost of the merchandise and shipping charges. Unfortunately, we can’t offer you a refund or exchange if not initiated within 30 days of delivery.
Damaged or Incorrect Product
You may return defective items, items damaged at the time of receipt and incorrect items without penalty and all reasonable shipping charges with be reimbursed to you. When we receive your return, we will inspect the item and provide a replacement or issue a refund of the product cost. If the product is not defective or incorrect, you will be responsible for return shipping charges. Product refund amounts may be reduced based on the condition and amount of merchandise returned, shipping fees charged to us and replacement items provided to you on request.
By signing for your delivery without noting any problems or defects with your shipment on the delivery paperwork, you affirm your item was delivered to you with no damage or defect. All damage and defects on delivery must be noted on all copies of the delivery receipt or Bill of Lading by writing “refused due to damage” and the defective delivery reported to us within 24 hours of delivery. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU INSPECT YOUR ITEMS WHILE THE CARRIER IS STILL PRESENT. ANY DAMAGE OR DEFECTS MUST BE NOTED UPON SIGNING FOR THE DELIVERY. If delivery does not require a signature, please inspect the items immediately for damage and contact us within 24 hours if there is any damage or defect.
Return Shipping Costs
You are responsible to pay return shipping fee when products are returned to us because you refuse delivery without inspection, you miss a delivery appointment, you provide an incomplete shipping address, fail to provide a telephone number to verify a shipment or you return non-defective or undamaged product. Additionally, we reserve the right to deduct the actual return shipping fee, which generally is $150 or more depending on size and weight, if the items are not in original condition upon arrival at our warehouse.
To complete a return, you must be listed as the purchaser of the product in our system. Please do the following to process a return:
- Take several pictures of the product in your possession.
- DO NOT discard any of the shipping box, packing materials or product because the carrier may need to inspect the item and report damage.
- DO NOT ship the item back to us without first being instructed to do so. Failure to comply may result in denial of the returned item based on the shipping carrier’s claim requirements.
- Upon receiving return shipping instructions, return the product for which you are requesting a refund.
- Once your return is received and inspected, we will send you an email to notify you that we have received your returned item. We will also notify you of the approval or rejection of your refund.
- If your return is approved, your refund will be processed and a credit will automatically be applied to your credit card or original method of payment within 7 days.
Late or Missing Refunds
If you haven’t received a refund within 14 days, check your bank account first then contact your credit card company. It may take some time before your refund is officially posted. If you’ve done all of this and you still have not received your refund yet, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We only replace items if they are defective or damaged. If you want to exchange an item for the same item, send us an email at email@example.com. You will be responsible for any shipping costs and we reserved the right to charge a 10% restocking fee.
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