A hot topic amongst designers and installers. Pointed or Un-pointed brick slips raises some debate between camps.
In the UK there is an overriding urge to point brick slips, and for most part rightly so. We are used to seeing brick walls pointed and looking at brick slips un-pointed can leave us scratching our heads for the most part wondering why the project is unfinished.
All this is just psychology. We use brick slips to create an illusion and to make a wall look like a wall. To do this the brick slips need to be pointed.
Why Un-pointed then?
Well…. The idea of unpointed brick slips comes from Europe and the way in which their building industry has developed separately from our own here in the UK. Over in countries like Germany and Belgium it is common place to see brick work unpointed. This is because brick slip cladding has much more of a history over there and the systems of building properties are far more adventurous and less traditional than those here in the UK.
This European look lends itself to a modern style of aesthetic and therefore has seen a rise in use during brick slip projects. Both residential designers and Commercial designers have now started to design with brick slips and are taking the more European approach of no mortar.
Here are some of our customers projects, we will let you make your mind up as to whether a traditional or modern approach to pointing is needed for your project.