We are here to answer any questions you have, either about brick cladding or Aquarian Cladding Systems – here are the most frequently asked about our products and services.
What is brick cladding, and what are the benefits of using it?
Brick cladding involves attaching brick slips to the exterior of a building to provide an attractive and durable brick finish. On many projects, the brickwork is indistinguishable from conventional, hand-laid brickwork. Benefits of using brick cladding include improved durability and weather resistance, improved thermal insulation, fast and easy installation, better sustainability and flexibility in design.
What types of brick cladding systems do you offer?
We offer a variety of brick cladding systems, including Gebrik, a B-rated panelised, insulating brick slip cladding system which is mechanically fixed directly to either masonry, timber or steel frame substrates. We also offer two A1-rated solutions, MechSlip and NaturAL-X, which both use lightweight brick ‘slips’ with an innovative unique profile to enable them to be mechanically fixed to any substrate, via an engineered aluminium support rail system.
How does brick cladding compare to other types of exterior cladding?
Brick cladding is generally considered to be a durable and long-lasting exterior cladding option. Brickwork is a historically durable façade to any building. It can also assist in achieving superior insulation and acoustic properties compared to other types of cladding and is generally easier to install and cost-effective, in many instances.
What is the installation process like for brick cladding?
Brick cladding systems can be installed on almost any surface, provided the substrate is structurally sound and able to bear the weight. The installation process for brick cladding typically involves preparing the wall surface, installing the bracketry for the mechanical fixing system, and installing the brick slips tiles or panels. The specifics of the installation process will depend on the type of system used as we also have products that require no bracketry and can fix back directly through insulation.
Can brick cladding be used for both residential and commercial projects?
Brick cladding can be used on both residential and commercial projects, however, the brick cladding system used will depend on the height of the project. As A1-rated solutions, MechSlip and NaturAL-X are suitable for use on all buildings. Gebrik is only suitable for use on buildings below 11m as it is B-rated but is still one of the most tested and certified systems in the UK.
How durable is brick cladding, and how long does it typically last?
The type of cladding you choose will affect how a building performs in terms of weatherproofing and protection. Brick cladding offers the same durability and longevity as traditional brick, which is highly durable, a naturally fired clay material that can last for decades or even centuries. Always build according to the environment.
Are there any maintenance requirements for brick cladding?
The type of cladding you choose will also affect the kind of maintenance the building will require over time. Once fixed and pointed, brick cladding is durable, weatherproof, and relatively maintenance-free, but each product has its own O&M man.
How does brick cladding perform in terms of insulation and energy efficiency?
Brick cladding provides an additional layer of protection to a building, and some can provide thermal insulation as well, dependent upon the brick cladding proposed, so in turn can help reduce energy costs associated with heating and cooling a building.
Can brick cladding be used to achieve a specific design aesthetic or architectural style?
Brick cladding can be used to achieve a wide range of design aesthetics and architectural styles, from a traditional to a modern facade and it allows for complex and intricate designs some even that wouldn’t be possible with traditional brickwork to be created that are indistinguishable from traditional masonry and perfect where the aesthetic of real brick is required.
What is the cost of brick cladding compared to other types of cladding systems?
The final cost of brick cladding will depend on factors such as the type of system used, the size of the project, and the specific materials and finishes chosen. It’s the reduction in the cost of the overall project where brick cladding saves money thanks to associated benefits such as reduced labour costs, reduced prelim costs and earlier project completion. It’s imperative that any cost comparison is taken beyond the product cost itself and the holistic project cost is understood.
Do you offer any customization options for brick cladding, such as colour or texture variations?
Thanks to a hugely versatile and extensive range of natural colours and finishes, brick cladding can be customised to meet any specific needs and design preferences. For example, Gebrik consists of approximately 700 different natural clay brick finishes in various sizes. Each product has its own colour and finishes range available, so deciding on what finish you want would limit the systems you could use.
What is the lead time for ordering and installing brick cladding?
Current availability should always be checked with Aquarian, but some products can be available in 4-6 weeks, and some could take longer to manufacture. It is also imperative for us to understand the site program to ensure the availability of individual components to suit, and that’s a big part of what we do.
Do you offer any warranties or guarantees for your brick cladding products?
Products from Aquarian Cladding Systems have manufacturers' warranties and guarantees which vary but are there to give confidence in the quality of the systems. For example, MechSlip is supplied with a project-specific 25-year manufacturer-backed product warranty, and Gebrik is supplied with an Independent Insurance backed Product Warranty for 10 years.
How can I get started with a brick cladding project, and what is the process like working with Aquarian Cladding Systems?
To get started with a brick cladding project, customers can contact us to schedule a consultation and discuss their specific needs and project goals. We provide you with accurate technical and commercial cladding advice when you need it and deliver your cladding requirements on schedule, but it’s that first contact when we’ll want to understand your project drivers and intended objectives to ensure we can offer you the most effective brick cladding solution.
What types of support and resources do you offer to help customers with their brick cladding projects?
Aquarian Cladding Systems offers a variety of support and resources for customers, including technical specifications via NBS and site scheduling support services to ensure a successful project outcome. All our systems are thoroughly tested and BBA-certified to ensure our clients have the peace of mind that our innovative solutions will provide safe, beautiful brick facades for many years to come. Our unique Approved Installer Network for our brick cladding systems shows our commitment as a responsible supplier, which is important to Aquarian. The network is monitored regularly, and all approved installers must go through a rigorous training process to understand how to install in accordance with instructions and product certification.
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