How to Install a Brick Backsplash
Brick looks fabulous on the face of a home, but a brick backsplash can add that same earthy look to your kitchen or bathroom. Installing a brick backsplash is a little more complicated and difficult than other types of tile. Brick is much heavier than normal tile so installing a brick backsplash requires stronger adhesive and powerful tools. The article that follows will show you how to install a brick backsplash.
In order to get a good bond between the brick tile and the wall you first need to clean thoroughly clean it. Spray the wall with the cleaner fluid and wipe it down with a rag. Dry the wall using a fresh rag. Turn off the electricity in the area where you will be working and remove any outlet or switch covers located in the area where you will be placing the brick backsplash. Place a drop cloth on the counter.
Brick Backsplash Layout
Determine how many bricks you need for the brick backsplash by measuring the length and height of the area to cover. Multiply the 2 numbers together in order to get the total square footage. You can now purchase enough brick to cover the area. Always get more than you need just in case one breaks or gets damaged. Lay several brick tiles side by side. Place a dowel rod between the bricks to determine the grout line. Lay more bricks down to determine how many you will need to cover the length of the wall. You can also decide if you want to stagger the design or do any other type of style or pattern.
Installing the Brick Backsplash
Installing regular tile means you apply mastic to the wall with a trowel then grout between tiles. A brick backsplash requires strong construction adhesive. Insert the canister into the caulking gun and apply a wavy line of adhesive to the back of one of the brick tiles. Place the tile on the wall and press it so that it adheres. Hold it there for several seconds. Place the wooden dowel against the end of the brick to determine the space. Make a mark with a grease pen then place another brick. Continue doing this until the wall the brick backsplash is in place. Work one brick at a time and stopping at outlets and switches. Place a brick without adhesive and trace the area on the brick and use the tile saw to cut the brick tile as needed in order to make it fit.
Allow the brick tiles to set for a day for the adhesive to cure. Mix the grout in a bucket and then apply it to the space between the bricks with a trowel. Use a rag to remove excess grout from the face of the bricks. Allow the grout to dry then apply sealant. The use of a brick veneer is optional.