Thin brick is a much thinner version of full face brick. The use of thin brick has been around for some time. Thin brick is desirable in part because it provides the look and feel of a brick installation without the weight or construction requirements when using full brick. With thin brick, a brick finish is not restricted to the confines of a footer and labor intensive masonry work. Instead, you can install thin brick like ceramic tile using tiles’ tried and true installation methods.
Recently, as manufacturing technology has improved and design tastes have returned to natural materials, the interest in thin brick has grown. This renewed interest is also part of a move toward using all kinds of veneer material to add beauty to indoor and outdoor applications. Thin brick makes an excellent veneer material.
As is typical of all building materials, not all thin brick is the same. Cutting thin bricks from the face of new or repurposed full bricks (which can be a wasteful endeavor) is sometimes done. Many, but not all, thin bricks are ceramic, made from clay and shale, just like their full-size counterparts. Some thin bricks are made from cement, fiberglass or other faux materials. Some thin bricks are too porous for use in wet or outdoor applications while others perform so well they can be used in any area of the home or business, both indoors and out.
Since there are so many varieties of thin brick available, what constitutes quality thin brick? Quality thin brick is a versatile product made from the best raw materials available. It is manufactured "thin" to eliminate unnecessary waste. And quality thin brick is ceramic, hard fired in kilns - just like the face brick it is emulating.
Royal thin brick is truly a thin brick, made from natural clay and shale mined close to home. The final product looks and feels real because it is real. The bricks are extruded in the same manner as full brick only thinner and fired in tunnel kilns at high temperatures. Hard firing makes them suitable for indoor use in both dry and wet areas as well as outdoors in any climate.