Brick Veneer and Cladding: Slips, Tiles, Slabs...

What about mounting into brick veneer-- brick slips, tiles, flat stones and other cladding? It is important to know if you are dealing with this type of exposed masonry, as many modern 'clinker' walls are in fact not clinker at all but made up of a completely different building material with clinker or brick tiles glued on the face for purely aesthetic purposes. See below for photo examples of these brick facades.


These brick faces are usually made of glazed or unglazed tiles, clinker-brick slips, or natural stone facing plates (slabs). All these ornamental elements are very flat (not the size of full brick) and will be affixed with an adhesive to the thicker substrate-- the load-bearing structure which is usually a lower quality masonry-- or to exterior insulation. Because the outer, high-quality slabs or tiles are flat and do not reach deeply into the wall, high-quality facades can be created at a much more reasonable cost. This technique ensures a high quality aesthetic at a more reasonable cost.

Trellises on Slips and Tiles

The decisive factor for the installation of a trellis here is which kind of substrate you have beneath the brick veneer. So-- first identify the material of your wall beneath the brick veneer/cladding. If you need help in identifying your wall, you can check through our list of plaster masonry here. Once you've confirmed that the load-bearing wall is sound, all trellis styles except our Massive Kits are compatible. *If an insulation layer is under the surface, installing trellis systems is sometimes not possible.


It is important that you mount, when possible, in the mortar joints, and that the drilling is done carefully (no impact hammer drilling). The hole you drill in the facade panels should slightly exceed the diameter of the rawlplug to prevent the shaft of the screw or anchor from being pressed too directly onto the sensitive drill-hole wall of the tiles or slips, even when under strain from a heavy plant load later. The wire ropes should not be fully tensioned (taut); this prevents cracking in the facade. Lastly, if you are using any of our trellis fittings with cover plates (supporting discs), the pressure with which you secure them to the wall should also be slightly less; this will also reduce the risk of cracks. We recommend universal drill UB 77777.