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Thin Brick Specifications

Thin bricks are designed to be installed over an existing interior or exterior wall. They are as sturdy and low maintenance as other bricks, but in a thinner size and without the weight. Thin brick is perfect for those looking to upgrade an existing space with beauty, simplicity and value. Interested in learning more about thin brick? See the specifications below or contact us to ask questions or get started on your next project.

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  ASTM C 1088
  • Standard Specification for Thin Veneer Brick Units Made From Clay or Shale.
    - “In this specification, the term thin veneer brick shall be understood to mean clay masonry unit with a maximum thickness of 1-3/4”.”
    • Grade Exterior
      - Maximum water absorption by 5 hour boiling
    • Average of 5 units – 17.0%
    • Individual – 20.0%
    • - Maximum Saturation Coefficient
    • Average of 5 units – 0.78
    • Individual – 0.80
      Belden Brick manufactures thin brick to meet Grade Exterior with a weathering index of SW.


      Type TBX (Select) – Thin veneer brick for use in general masonry where a  higher degree of precision and lower permissible variation in size than permitted for Type TBS is required.

      Type TBS (Standard) – Thin veneer brick for general use in masonry.

      Type TBA (Architectural) – Thin veneer brick for general use in masonry selected to produce characteristic architectural effects resulting from nonuniformity in size and texture of the individual units.


Thin Brick Products

•Extruded Brick Units
–Manufactured to Meet Type TBX. Available in ½” to ¾”Flat Back Units and ¾” only for Dovetail Units. Dovetail units have 5/8” shell thickness plus 1/8” dovetail = ¾” overall thickness.

–Capabilities to manufacture units up to 4” in height & 12” in length. Includes 12 different sizes ranging from Modular(2-1/4” x 7-5/8”) to Utility (3-5/8" x 11-5/8").

–Specify Units with Smooth & Velour Textures for Best Economics.
•Some heavily textured products such as matt, vertical, bark & dart-tex textures available on a per job basis.

–Precast Requirements:
•Waxing of Unit Faces Available for Stretchers & Corners
•Grinding of Units Also Available for Length & Height.
•Dimensional Tolerances of Plus 0 / Minus 1/16th”

•Molded Brick Units

–Manufactured to Meet Type TBA and available in ¾” Flat Back Units only.

•Plant 3 – Antique Colonials
–Modular 2-1/4” x 7-5/8”
–Jumbo Standard 2-5/8” x 8”

•Plant 8 – Belcrest
–Modular 2-1/4” x 7-5/8”

Thickness: 3/4"

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