How to Lay a Brick Veneer Wall

A brick veneer wall can either be installed over currently existing siding, or it can be used on a completely new construction. Laying a brick veneer wall is time-consuming and quite labor intensive. The job requires plenty of patience and a degree of skill in the area. Still, the average DIYer should be able to carry out the job without too much trouble. Plenty of time will be required, and it is strongly advisable that you study the necessary processes of laying a brick veneer wall carefully. Remember, the wall should last many years, so it is essential to at least understand the basics before beginning.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Steel angle
  • Screwdriver and screws
  • Stud gun
  • Masonry nails
  • Bubble level
  • Hammer and nails
  • Galvanized wall ties
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Trowel
  • Mortar
  • Damp barrier
  • Rubber tubing

Step 1 – Attach the Steel Angle

The steel angle should be completely resistant to corrosion. Attach this to the lowest area of the building upon which you want to install the brick veneer wall. The steel angle will be the base for the veneer. If you need to attach this to wood, use galvanized exterior screws. If it will be attached to cement, masonry nails and/or a stud gun should be used.

Step 2 – Apply the Moisture Barrier

The wall should then be wrapped in a moisture barrier. This needs to be horizontally wrapped around the wall and stapled in place. Each row of this moisture barrier should overlap the row below, by about 5 inches. This will allow any water to simply run off the barrier and get channeled away.

Step 3 – Set the Bricks into the Wall

Above the steel angle, apply a layer of mortar to about 1 inch of thickness. Spread the mortar evenly using a trowel. Place the bricks into the mortar with the first layer of bricks being on top of the layer of mortar over the steel angle. The first row of bricks must be checked regularly with the bubble level.

Step 4 – Apply Drainage Tubes

Small sections of the rubber tubing should be placed between the bricks on the lowest row. This will allow any water that builds up in the wall, behind the bricks, to flow outward and away from the wall. Finally, fill the spaces left behind with mortar.

Step 5 – Apply Wall Ties

Galvanized metal wall ties should be nailed onto the sheathing. The wall ties should be applied horizontally, every 32 inches and vertically every 26 inches. The wall ties need to be staggered, in order to support the considerable weight of the brick veneer.

Step 6 – Place the Remaining Courses of Bricks

Continue placing the bricks, laying the next course and then applying a layer of mortar on top of it. With each course, use the spirit level to confirm that the surface is perfectly level. Make sure that each layer of mortar is smooth and about 1 inch thick. Continue in this manner until you reach the top of the wall.