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Thin Brick Veneer Installation Video
Thin Brick Wall Veneer Installation Instructions

Brick Flooring Tile Installation Instructions

Adhere the tiles using thin set mortar

Even the most inexpensive diamond wet saws usually include a 45 degree cutting feature

Thin Brick Tile Installation Instructions

Thin Brick Veneer Installation Video from Vintage Brick Salvage

(If you don't see the video below you can click here to see it on Google videos)

Reclaimed brick veneer tile installation materials list. With the exception of our reclaimed brick tile, everything you need is available at any home improvement store:

1/4" X 1/4" notch trowel


Masons mix mortar for grout you can buy this premixed or mix 1 part portland cement to 3 parts sand

Thin set adhesive ( pre-mixed or dry but it better be good)

Brick laying trowel

Tuck pointing trowel

Mixing bucket

Mixing blade for power drill (optional)


Tile Cutting saw with diamond blade

Wax pencil for marking cuts

Tape measure


Chalk line and chalk

Tile spacers (optional)

Safety Glasses

Ear Protection

Dust Mask

We like to install our tiles using an acrylic modified thin set mortar, although a ceramic tile mastic can be used as well. On a wall, it is easiest to install with a mortar that is somewhat firm, so the tiles will stay in place while the adhesive sets up. If the bricks sag due to to "runny" of a mortar, I have also had some people report they have had success using a touch of construction adhesives to tack the brick for the short term while the mortar sets.

Reclaimed Brick Veneer Wall Tile Installation Instructions

Note that these instructions are a guide, different tile installers have different preferences on the methods they use.

Make sure your wall is sound and dry. Snap chalk lines to guide yourself, usually every courses of brick. The tiles are 2 1/4" wide, so with a standard 3/8" mortar joint snap these lines every 7 7/8". Depending on the height of your installation, you may want to fudge the height of the grout line measurement + or - to insure that you will not have any cuts horizontally for the courses at the ceiling or floor.

Spread thin set mortar or mastic using a notch trowel. For best results use a thin set with acrylic additive and test it to be sure it will hold the tiles in place. Too runny of a mortar will allow the bricks to slip. Install your tile. Cut tile for edges and corners using a wet tile saw with a diamond blade. If you are using single piece "L: shaped corners, you should work from the corners out. Corners may also be mitred 45 degrees using matching brick, or overlapped.

Once the tiles are installed, make sure the mortar is completely dry before grouting with either sanded tile grout, or sand mix mortar (the same stuff they use to lay bricks). Use a pointing trowel as shown in my installation movie or a grout bag to minimize the amount of mortar that you have to clean from the surface of the tiles. Clean the bricks as you go, changing your water often.

After grouting the bricks may be sealed if you would like, although for walls other than backslashes this is probably not necessary.Use either a penetrating stone sealer, or a terra-cotta sealer. Some sealers will darken the brick and add a sheen, be sure to test your sealer on a loose tile to be sure the results are satisfactory.

Reclaimed Brick Flooring Installation Instructions

Make sure your sub floor is clean, sound and dry.   Snap chalk lines to guide yourself, usually every three tiles or so.  The tiles are 3 5/8 wide, add in your grout lines depending on the width you would like to space these. 

Spread thin set mortar using a    1/4" X 1/4" notch trowel.  For best results use a thin set mortar with acrylic additive.  Install your tile.  Cut tile for edges and corners using a wet tile saw with a diamond blade.

Once the tiles are installed, make sure the adhesive is completely dry before grouting with either sanded tile grout, or sand mix mortar (the same stuff they use to lay bricks).

Clean the bricks as you go with a sponge, changing water often. 

Any residual haze may be removed by cleaning with a muriatic acid solution, although this is not usually necesarry. 

After grouting the bricks must be sealed.  If using a terra-cotta type acrylic or waxed based sealer, the tiles need only be dry for a day or two before sealing.  If you are going to use a polyurethane high gloss sealer, be certain that the bricks are completely dry before sealing.  The oil based, non yellowing polyurethane's work better than the water based sealers.  It is best to wait at least 3 weeks before sealing with a poly; a moisture meter is helpful to determine that all of the water is out of the brick.  Foot traffic is fine during the drying time.  If polyurethane is applied before all moisture is out of the brick, there is danger that efflorescence (salts in the brick) can migrate to the surface and cause whitening between the brick and the sealer.  Follow all instructions by the manufacturer of the sealant, especially turning off the pilot lights on heaters and water heaters when an oil based sealer is being applied.

Enjoy your reclaimed brick floor for years to come!