Building a Brick Veneer Wall

Building a Brick Veneer Wall

James Stroud steps us through the construction of brick veneer walls covering the supporting frame, wall wrap/sarking, insulation and flashing.

Video Transcription

At Stroud Homes we want you to know as much as possible about the new home that we are building for you. So I’ve got a question for you. When we build this type of wall, which is called the brick veneer wall – this is partially built just the frame is up, we’re soon going to be putting the bricks on this – does the frame hold the bricks up or do the bricks hold the frame up? The answer to that question is the frame holds the brick up. So the brick’s purpose is really just to keep the elements off of the frame. In between the timber frame and the bricks, we have this element here which is called building paper or sarking is a standard term. It’s job is to keep moisture off the timber frame and it also has another job to insulate the house.

Now another really interesting fact, if you were to take this sarking or this wall wrap and make a tent out of it for example, it would have an insulation rating of one, R1. But when you put it inside a wall structure like this in a brick veneer wall, because it has a 40 to 50 mil gap between the frame and the bricks, it gets a rating of 1.5. These black pieces here are flashings to keep any water that might slip between the brick and the frame from getting into the wall. Now these are bunting out right now but when we put the bricks on we’ll be putting brick ties on, we screw that onto there it comes out and ties the brick onto the frame to hold the bricks, up as I said earlier. Hope you enjoyed the little video about how we build the brick veneer wall. Thanks for watching.