EUROBRICK SYSTEMS LTD
UNIT 5, NEWBRIDGE TRADING ESTATE
AVON BS4 4AX
Tel: 0117 971 7117
Fax: 0117 933 2909
Suppliers of: Insulated Brick Cladding Systems claddings external brick claddings Internal Brick Slips Stone Cladding System Brick Cladding System EWI Systems Solid Wall Insulation
Eurobrick specialise in brick and stone slip cladding systems and was the first to introduce a comprehensively designed system to the UK in 1990. Since then, Eurobrick has continued to develop new systems to meet the changing demands of the market and is the UK’s leading specialist for brick and stone slip cladding, including external wall insulation (EWI) and is one of the largest stockists of brick slips. X-Clad, P-Clad and I-Clad are BBA Certified and also LABC Registered. Eurobrick is an ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 accredited company.
Eurobrick’s brick slip faced cladding provides the real look, feel and durability of traditional masonry with the benefit of being extremely versatile and quick to install. The cladding has a broad range of applications, including new build, modular and refurbishment of commercial and domestic buildings. It can be installed both internally and externally to most construction types.
A lightweight system for finishing new build structures up to 18m in height. The extruded, closed cell polystyrene backer panel is an excellent insulator and is available in different thicknesses making X-Clad ideal for retrofitting to existing buildings too. It will significantly increase the energy efficiency of a building and reduce heating bills. Project specific U-Value calculations are available upon request.
Developed for interior applications, I-Clad has a plasterboard backer panel. Suitable for both commercial and domestic interiors, the slim line profile of I-Clad minimises the loss of valuable floor space.
Designed with new build projects in mind where there is no requirement for insulation. P-Clad is rigid, making it the ideal sheathing for a building and it has been certified for installation on some buildings over 18m high. Contact Eurobrick for details of tested construction designs.
V-Clad is a brick faced external wall insulation (EWI) system suitable for new build and retrofit projects, and can be used internally as well as externally. V-Clad is an expanded polystyrene panel, with a ribbed profile for easy installation of the brick slips.
HOW THE SYSTEMS WORK
Eurobrick systems are quick and simple to install. Each system has a specially developed backer panel, which is supplied (pre-laminated) with a vacuum formed polystyrene skin bonded to it (with the exception of V-Clad, see above). The skin has moulded horizontal tracks between which the brick or stone slips are glued. To complete the installation, Eurobrick’s Europoint pointing mortar is piped into the joints and tooled to achieve a traditional masonry finish.
For information regarding installation, please refer to the system specific installation guides, view the installation video or call Eurobrick’s Technical Department.
The cladding systems are supplied as a kit of parts, comprising product backer panel, panel fasteners, adhesive, straight brick slips and Europoint mortar. Corner brick slips, base trim, expansion rod filler and other accessories to help with application are as extras.
BRICK AND STONE RANGES
Eurobrick offer a wide collection of brick slip colours and finishes, along with a range of stone slips. The Britannia and Classic Ranges of brick slips are manufactured in standard UK sizes, with corner bricks available.
- Britannia Range: Kiln fired, extruded brick slips typically, 15mm thick.
- Classic Range: Kiln fired stock bricks specially cut to fit the system, typically 20-25mm thick.
- Stone: A range of reconstructed and natural stone slips are available in various finishes for use on whole projects or to provide architectural detail. Corner slips are available. Please note that stone is manufactured or cut to order and requires a minimum lead time of 8 weeks.
For Eurobricks’s online gallery showing the brick and stone slips available within the ranges below, please visit https://www.eurobrick.co.uk/brickslips
BRICK MATCHING SERVICE
Eurobrick also offers a brick matching and cutting service for customers who require a specific brick type for a project.
Eurobrick’s Europoint mortar is easy to use and ready to mix, requiring only water. Europoint has been specially formulated so it can be piped into the brick joints using a pointing bag or gun. The mortar is available in eight standard colours. For large projects, special colours can be produced to client requirements.
REASONS TO USE EUROBRICK’S CLADDING SYSTEMS:
- Installation is quick and straightforward
- Suitable for both on and off site installation
- Groundworks are not required. Disruption and mess can be kept to a minimum
- X-Clad is lightweight and ideal in situations where weight restrictions prevent use of traditional construction
- Improve appearance of run down or dilapidated buildings
- Solve common problems associated with old buildings such as condensation and damp penetration
- Robust and extremely low maintenance, with a life expectancy of at least 25 years
- Reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.
- P-Clad is approved for installation on some buildings over 18m high.
CERTIFICATION AND PRODUCT GUARANTEE
- Eurobrick’s X-Clad, P-Clad and I-Clad brick slip cladding systems have been independently tested and have third party certification from the British Board of Agrément (BBA).
- Eurobrick’s X-Clad, P-Clad and I-Clad brick slip cladding systems are LABC registered (Local Authority Building Control)
- Eurobrick provides a 25-year materials guarantee.
- Eurobrick Systems Ltd is an ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 accredited company
To view Eurobrick’s brick and stone slip ranges and systems, please visit their showroom, located at their premises in Bristol. Open Monday to Friday 9am - 4.30pm, no appointment necessary.
A large number of pdf documents are available to download or view on the company website. For more information please visit the website or click on the buttons above. Eurobrick’s experienced team is always happy to answer any queries by telephone on 0117 971 7117 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Eurobrick - OUR 30 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
In May it was 30 years since Eurobrick began, back in 1990. Clearly the pandemic was at its peak in May, so like many, we put our celebrations on hold. But, as things start to head back to some sense of normality, we wanted to share our story.
Like most businesses we have experienced numerous challenges over the last 30 years. The original directors, John Mayes and Tony Hornsby started Eurobrick in 1990, and were the first to introduce a fully developed brick slip cladding system to the UK market after being introduced to it in the USA in the mid 1980s.
The construction industry, it’s fair to say, was quite conservative at the time and reluctant to embrace change; a new brick slip system was often viewed with suspicion. Couple this with the fact that the UK was also in a recession and that made it even harder to generate interest in our new system; people were not buying bricks, never mind brick slips for an unknown cladding system.
As the economy recovered, and with a lot of hard work promoting the benefits of our system, contractors and designers started to pay attention and began to install Eurobrick on their projects. Interest in brick slip cladding systems increased to the extent that other companies thought it was a market worth being in and a host of other systems were developed and brought to market. But we have never been deterred by competition and a combination of resilience, determination and perseverance has bought Eurobrick to where it is now.
The original system was what we now call X-Clad, but along the way we have responded to customer demand to create new systems to suit different applications. I-Clad was developed especially for interiors and P-Clad is an external sheathing for buildings. Our V-Clad system came about to satisfy a demand for a budget option for the retrofit market.
We are proud that X, P & I-Clad systems have BBA (British Board of Agrément) third party certification having previously been certified by BRE (Building Research Establishment) and Wimlas. Third party certification is only awarded to products following rigorous testing and independent scrutiny, when the certifying body is completely satisfied that the product is fit for its intended use.
We have supplied many different sectors including leisure and hospitality, education, commercial, residential and the public sector for a wide range of clients. Our systems can be seen the length and breadth of the country including for household names such as McDonald’s, Starbucks, Burger King, Top Shop, Warehouse, Premier Inn and O’Neill’s, to name but a few.
Our first McDonald’s restaurant project came in August 1992, which would turn out to be a very significant win for us as we have continued to work with them ever since, and have now supplied our systems for nearly 900 Drive Thru’ restaurants.
Our business has continued to grow year on year and along the way, we have moved to new larger premises twice. We have also achieved internationally recognised awards for quality and environmental management; ISO 9001:2015 & 14001:2015. More recently, in 2018, a management buyout was completed by the remaining directors; Richard, Dena and Nicola when the founding directors retired. They form a strong management team with a clear vision of the future direction of the business.
Traditionally, the majority of our work comes from the commercial sector and we have seen the size of our projects grow considerably in recent years, with larger residential developments, student accommodation, commercial interiors and modular building projects. As well as servicing larger projects we are still happily supplying smaller consumer projects, from new, self-build houses, extensions and renovations to fireplace surrounds and feature walls.
The future may seem uncertain right now, as we adjust to a new way of doing things, with Covid-19 still part of our lives and with the full impact of our exit from the European Union yet to be felt. But we thrive on challenge and are facing the future with the development of new a system to grow our business further. As well as the new system, we will be launching an ecommerce facility later this year to allow customers to buy our brick slips online.
So here at Eurobrick, there is much to look forward to and we wish to thank all our clients and suppliers for your continuing support.
Eurobrick - Technical Guide : Expansion Joints
We are frequently asked technical questions about the installation of our systems. One topic that comes up quite often is expansion or movement joints; what are they, why are they necessary, how and when should they be used? Here, we will look at expansion joints in a bit more detail.
It is important that the expansion joints are constructed in accordance with the system’s installation instructions, so that any differential movement of structures, settlement and shrinkage of timber frames or expansion and contraction of the slips and systems which can exert damaging pressure on the brick slip cladding system is avoided.
Joints can be completely filled with mastic, however Eurobrick supply a 20mm thick compressible polyethylene joint filler rod, which takes up most of the depth and this is then finished with polysulphide mastic or similar non aggressive sealant.
Movement joints are required at intervals not exceeding 6m, measured vertically or horizontally, of uninterrupted brickwork. Joints comprise a complete break in slips and system backer panel of about 15mm width. Movement joints, vertical and horizontal, can intersect with or spring from window or door openings and be concealed behind rainwater downpipes where it is practical and convenient to do so.
System panels must be fully fixed in accordance with our Installation Guide with lines of fixings on both sides of movement joints.
It is also important that movement joints included in the substrate structure should be carried through to the front of the brick slips cladding system.
Movement joints MUST be constructed at abutments with other materials. A good example is where a run of brick slips meets traditional masonry at an abutment. The brick slips tend to be carried by the frame of the building while the traditional brickwork is ground bearing. Differential movement can be foreseen at such locations and should be mitigated by inclusion of a movement joint.
Where brick slip cladding is installed above traditional brick or block, or a concrete foundation slab or similar, if the substrate is at all prone to movement a horizontal joint will be required. Failure to construct a joint in this location may result in shrinkage of the frame putting damaging pressure on the brick slips and panels and system failure may ensue.
Cladding to timber frame structures may require joints at every floor level to allow for frame shrinkage and settlement. The extent of shrinkage which can be anticipated depends on a few factors including whether or not roof, dry-lining or floor materials are already installed. The best source of information on this subject will be the project engineer or the timber frame supplier.
Our technical staff are available to answer any queries you may have about our systems, including any further questions on expansion or movement joints. Please call 0117 971 7117 or email email@example.com