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Clinker Brick Masonry

In this part of the area 'exposed masonry' we explain the attaching of our wire trellises in clinker brickwork, particularly on historic buildings from c. 1870 or freestanding walls. You will find information about this building material and the mounting options below including sample photos of attached trellises. Another note: Modern brick facades are often not solid brick but rather 'EWIS' or "closers." Please check back with us if necessary.


Properties of Clinkers

Clinker Bricks are so named due to the metallic sound they make when struck together and come in a deep red, black, purple and yellow. They are produced from clay that is fired at extremely high temperatures, sintering the surface to form its characteristically shiny coating –sintering is a process of forming a solid mass with pressure or in this case heat, without reaching the point of liquefaction, making them water-resistant and more durable than the traditional red brick.The transition to historic bricks is fluid, often only using loam rather than high-quality clay, and fired at far lower temperatures, resulting in a more porous product that often needs a protective plaster layer against long term weathering.

Massive and Hollow Clinkers

Solid clinker bricks can be found on many historical facades but today they are almost exclusively used as paving stones. At times one sees clinkers as the facade to newly built houses, walls etc. but appear mostly as hollow bricks with rectangular holes in them.

Suitable wall brackets, anchors and drill

Our kits can be installed into both the bricks and mortar joints. All 5 construction methods are suitable with their standard mounts, both for hollow and solid clinkers. Our heavy kits should be paired with a composite mesh sleeve if installing into hollow clinkers. We recommend hammer drill bit HB 44444, with heavy and massive kits HB 16210 ; alternatively percussion drill bits and universal drill bits can also be used.

 


Drilling in Clinkers

It is important to note that decorative bands or single decorative bricks should not be drilled into! The grid of where you will lay your wire rope trellis should be pre-planned in accordance to the walls surface. When drilling directly into solid clinker masonry, you can hit extremely hard sinter spots, which appear from the caking of ferric oxides and other minerals. If this happens you will need a hammer drill. Refer to our advice given under 'drilling' if necessary.

Brick facade with vines
Brick facade
Hollow clinker with a low proportion of holes
Hollow clinker with a low proportion of holes
Free standing outside wall under construction, modern clinker hole with an increased proportion of holes.
Free standing outside wall under construction, modern clinker hole with an increased proportion of holes.
Exposed masonry made of hollow bricks on the facade, the drain pipe shows the integration of the brick facing in the brick of the 'normal' masonry.
Exposed masonry made of hollow bricks on the facade, the drain pipe shows the integration of the brick facing in the brick of the 'normal' masonry.
Grow aid element “Medium kit” 'Premium' on historical bricks, for honeysuckle.
Grow aid element “Medium kit” 'Premium'
Brick facade in about 1950, grow aid for Medium kit for small kiwi.
Brick facade in about 1950
Clinker may also be painted - here rear wall of a garage, wire rope system easy design, Honeysuckle
Clinker may also be painted - here rear wall of a garage, wire rope system easy design, Honeysuckle
Clinker wall with espalier trees
Clinker wall with espalier trees
Light kit for climbing roses
Light kit
Easy kit, simple construction for a grape vine
Easy kit, simple construction for a grape vine
Cable system in heavy construction for guiding of wisteria on the Clinker wall
Cable system in heavy construction
Rose Trellis, cable system in the massive construction
Rose Trellis, cable system in the massive construction
Angled cable system for Wisteria in construction, heavy construction with holders WM 12191
Angled cable system for Wisteria in construction, heavy construction with holders WM 12191