When selecting brick for a project we first need to know what specific application the brick will be used. What are you building? The standards for brick cover the specific uses of brick and classify the brick by performance characteristics.
A Guide to the Design & Detailing of Masonry Wall Systems
Comprehensive design guide for masonry wall systems. Shows suggested details for anchorage, moisture resistance and movement control for several common masonry systems.
When we have a brick veneer over a wood frame and the designer chooses to have a wall begin with a brick veneer at the base and then transit on to another material such as wood or vinyl siding, the uppermost course of brick should be detailed with the same consideration as a window sill.
Architectural romantics might suppose that the size of brick selected doesn’t matter, but I don’t believe it when it comes to the cost of construction. Your masonry costs are not determined just by “brick”, but by the size, shape and style of the brick you choose for your building or renovation and the labor involved in laying brick.
Learn more about the issues of installing brick veneer on wood frame such as; flashing, weep holes, anchor spacing, air space, and mortar recommendations.
Wall System – Brick Veneer, CMU Backup, Rigid Insulation, Fluid-Applied AB