Clinker Brick Masonry

In this part of the area 'exposed masonry' we mention grow aid items on clinker brickwork, especially on historic buildings from c. 1870 or freestanding walls. You will find information about this building material and the mounting options here. There are samples photos below about attached growth systems. Another note: Modern brick facades are often only a 'weather-shell' or made of "closers" Please check back with us if necessary.

Properties of Brick Clinkers

Bricks are red, yellow, or brown ceramic units, fired from blue gray clay at very high temperatures. The higher quality requires a higher price than normal bricks. Clinker facades were used therefore only in the outermost layer as 'Blend Brick' or 'Blend stones'. They usually have a smooth surface and light sound when struck. Clinker quality has been, over the centuries, weatherproof without protective layer of plaster. The transition to the historic brick is fluid, wherein for those loam was often used instead of high quality clay, and then they were also not burned so hotly and were more porous (cheap brick are even more susceptible to weather, they always need an outside plaster).

Massive and Hollow Brick Clinkers

Solid clinker bricks can be found on many historical facades. But today they are used almost only in the road construction, in the form of paving stones. At times one sees clinker as a brick facade to newly built houses, walls etc. They appear mostly as ' bricks that are not solid' or “hollow bricks” with rectangular holes in them.

Suitable wall bracket, anchors and drill

Kits can be attached in the bricks, and also in the joints. All 5 construction methods are fully applicable with their standard mounts, both for hollow and solid clinker. Perforated sleeves can be put in hollow clinker with heavy kits. We recommend hammer drill bit HB 44444, with heavy and massive kits HB 16210 ; alternatively percussion drill bits and universal drill bits are useable.

Drilling in clinkers

To begin with, decorative bands or single decorative bricks with ornaments should not be drilled into! The grid of the respective rope system or trellis is to be planned from the outset accordingly. The drilling into brick-work itself can hit extremely hard sinter places which appear from the caking of ferric oxides and other minerals. Then here only hammer drills help. Please, use also the indications and help under drilling works.

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