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Info for building owners

Brick and its forms of expression

Climate protection factor: double-shell wall

Brick living spaces

Retrofitting primary walling

Bricks that will walk through fire for you

Variety of warmer tones

Primary walling: better than repainting


Cooperation with architects

Facing brickwork – planning and execution

Walls with mortar

Info for architects

Invitation to tender for double-shell facing brickwork with thermal insulation

Invitation to tender for double-shell facing brickwork with air layer

Invitation to tender for the processing of OLFRY hand-moulded and extruded bricks

Tender sheet for paving clinkers

Processing instructions for facing bricks

Our masonry designer

Create your own textures easily with our masonry designer. You can combine our clinker bricks with different mortar colours at the click of a mouse. The combination of two different clinker bricks is also possible.
The result can be saved for further processing as a high-resolution JPG file suitable for architects’ planning software.

Processing instructions

The production of permanently beautiful brickwork does not present any difficulties if the following instructions are observed during execution:

1. The total number of facing bricks and clinker bricks required for the respective building project must be ordered as a single order wherever possible and called up in good time before processing.

2. The facing bricks and clinker bricks are delivered to the construction site on pallets packed in plastic wrapping and set down by crane. They must be stored off the floor and protected against weather influences and dirt.

3. Most errors that can lead to damage are made during processing. For example, you should remove the facing bricks and clinker bricks from several packages at the same time in order to achieve a harmonious play of colours. If there is a risk of frost, stop working and do not use antifreeze.

4. Use a masonry mortar that matches the absorbency behaviour of the brick.

Facing bricks and clinkers: 
Mortars of mortar group IIa with the following mixing ratio in parts (P):
1 P cement
1 P hydrated lime
6 P sand (grain size 0–3 mm)
The mortar consistency must be adapted to the low absorption capacity. Masonry mortars that are too stiff are not permitted. The clinker bricks should not be wetted because the water would form a disruptive separating layer which would prevent the mortar from being absorbed.
When using absorbent facing bricks, premature and excessive removal of water from the mortar by pre-wetting the bricks must be limited. When using ready-mixed dry mortars with improved water retention, pre-wetting of the bricks is no longer required.

A prerequisite for smoothing the joints is that the mortar has good formability. Instead of the construction site mortar described above, there are ready-mixed mortars available that facilitate processing. For smooth joints, ensure that the masonry is solidly filled and does not need to be improved later when smoothing the joints. When bricking up protruding mortar, brush off the excess with a trowel and smooth the joint flush with the stone with a suitably thick jointing iron or hose afterwards. The mortar must be removed immediately with a trowel to avoid contamination of the visible surfaces.
It is important that the mortar always has the same consistency when smoothing. A joint that is too fresh during smoothing becomes light. A joint that has been smoothed too late becomes dark. For this reason, always proceed from bottom to top. Use the same smoothing tool throughout the entire jointing process. After completion or if the work is interrupted, the masonry must be protected from soiling, soaking or rapid drying. If necessary, the brickwork can be washed off with a little water and suitable brushes during final cleaning to remove visible soiling. Chemical cleaning agents such as hydrochloric acid or cleaning agents containing acid must not be used.

5. Subsequent joining, which must be expressly agreed in the performance description, must be carried out with ready-mixed joint mortar that matches the facing bricks or clinkers.

The joints are to be scraped out evenly to a depth of 1.5 cm deep with clean edges. If the minimum scraping depth of 1.5 cm is not reached, the permanent adhesion of the joint mortar is not guaranteed. Scraping must be carried out before each work break while the mortar is still soft.
Cease all joining work if it is raining or very sunny. Rain can lead to leakage of the joint, sun to dry cracks, which promote moisture penetration damage to the masonry. With this in mind, you should protect the freshly joined masonry from moisture until the initial hardening.

6. The best and cheapest cleaning method is the careful bricklaying and avoidance of coarse soiling. To remove the final mortar residues, clean with water and a brush, spatula or scrubbing brush. Any splashes should be washed off with pure water before the mortar hardens. Do not use acids as cleaning agents. In case of heavy contamination, you should consult a specialist or the professional association of the brick and tile industry. 

Vechta, June 2013


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