Brick veneer is a new trend in home building and decoration. This style is copied from the 1980s when houses were left in their brick finish to make it appear real. Brick veneer is a special style of tiling that appears like bricks and is pasted over surfaces to make them appear medieval.
Step 1: Checking for Moisture
The foremost step in installing a brick veneer over a staircase would be to check if the surface is completely dry. Applying masking tape over the stairs gives us a fairly accurate idea. If the masking tape easily comes off then it means the surface has moisture and it will not be advisable to install brick veneer. In this case it is better to leave the staircase unused for some days till it dries up properly.
Step 2: Cleaning Stairs of Dry Dirt
The next step is as important as the first one. First, dust the stairs with a dry paintbrush. This help to remove dust and debris from crevices. A clean flannel rug is used to wipe the stair surface clean. Once the stairs are dust free we can proceed to applying veneer.
Step 3: Applying Glue
You are advised to work on one step at a time so the resultant is a neat finish. Start from the top step and work your way down. A generous amount of glue is pasted onto the surface. By using a masonry scale, the glue is leveled. This ensures that the bricks are applied neatly. The glue is spread to the corners so that the brick veneer can not come off when pressure is applied.
Step 4: Placing Brick Veneer Tiles
Brick veneer tiles are cleaned with cloth. These precautions make them stick proper with the glue. At this stage a wooden hammer comes in handy. As the tiles are applied one by one, the center is gently tapped with a wooden hammer to fix it in place. Steady and soft tapping brings better results. It is important to treat brick veneer like ceramic tiling.
Step 4: Filling Gaps
White cement is used to fill gaps in brick veneer tiles. As soon as the cement is applied the leveler is used to remove excessive cement. A narrow brush or scale can also be used for this procedure.
Step 5: Using a Roller
When the tiles are applied and the glue is wet still a mortar roller is moved across the tiles. This helps the tiles to stick firm to the surface and also flattens any irregularities in the plain surface. This finished surface is left to dry.
Step 6: Applying Protective Coat
The finished surface is made appealing by painting it with a high gloss finish. This is applied in three repeated coats. The method of application is similar to paint.
Step 7: Drilling In, Copper Strips
The edges of the stairs are made rip free by applying copper stripping. This helps the brick veneer to be durable and corrosion at the edges is properly controlled.