A common question which we often get asked is “what adhesive can be used?”
Brick slips are to all intended purposes tiles. The method for installation is very much the same as installing tiles, so on that basis similar products are used.
Installing onto a porous substrate or surface
The most common surfaces which brick slips are fixed to are usually porous. Plasterboards, timber, studding, blockwork and even brickwork. All these surfaces are permeable and porous.
We always recommend a cement based brick slip adhesive for this application.
A cement based Rapid Setting tile adhesive is most commonly used and is a great product for use with brick slips. Most rapid setting tile adhesives can be used although we would always advise checking the manufacturers instructions prior just to make sure the product can be used with masonry.
Our Rapid Set Adhesive is the perfect choice for most common installations, is easy to work with and has a fantastic reputation.
Installing onto a non porous substrate or surface
If you are planning to install your brick slips onto a surface that is not porous such as plastic, glass or steelwork then you will need to use an epoxy based adhesive.
Epoxy based adhesives are specialist and should always be specified prior installation. We would not recommend using a cement based adhesive on any of these surfaces.
Is Fire Cement a Brick Slip Adhesive?
When it comes to fireplaces then fire cement is needed for your mortar joints.
Please understand that this product is NOT an adhesive.
You cannot stick brick slips using fire cement. Fire cement should only be used post installation to fill your mortar joints, again this is only needed in a fireplace setting.