Brick and Stone Joints in Facing Brickwork

This page is the first in the area 'Facing Masonry'. It is typical in such facades that stones and joints are visible. But where should the brackets be fixed, in the brick or in the joints? What about stone joints that are not flush with the wall? These issues are addressed here before going on the next pages to different brick types.

In the brick/stone or in the joint?

Normally, for reasons of strength and support, steel cables or trellises are mounted directly into brick/stone. Only in exceptional cases, and also when reservations about drilling into the bricks exists, it then must be secured in the joints (cemented seams). As is known, joint mounting is often favored.

Strength of rock seams

Theoretically, joints have the same strength as the built-in bricks/stones. On “new” face masonry joint mounting holders are therefore usually not a problem. The often old and crumbling wall joints are challenging because cement was once precious and was reticently mixed with grout. Over the course of decades, weather and washouts played a role. And behind an intact, hard outer layer, joints can often be crumbly, and therefore have limited viability. Then you need a pre-treatment, for example, i.e. with the respective plastic anchors or the wall bracket that are glued directly with composite mortar. Details can be found in the individual stone types section.

Joint offset

The 'offset' of joints can be problematic. Joints can be flush with the bricks, protrude, or be indented. Due to the offset surfaces, it may cause a non-uniform pressing of the rubber seals. Therefore, a joint offset should be as balanced as possible, either by sanding a protruding joint or by building a larger contact surface, in turn, using composite mortar. Also remedy by fitting cut and set pieces from weatherproof rubber bandages.

Flush stone joints, wire ropes in massive construction, Dutchman's Pipe
Flush stone joints
Stark projecting joints
Facing masonry with projecting joints
The light design can be mounted directly into joints when the support plate is omitted.
Light cross mount installed into joint
Wall bracket WM 12153 to the slightly recessed joints
Wall bracket WM 12153 to the slightly recessed joints
Modeling a flat contact surface with heavily recessed wall joints, here for the average construction 'Classic'.
Modeling a flat contact surface with heavily recessed wall joints, here for the average construction 'Classic'.