Z-Brick Veneer: A Timeless Look With Do-It-Yourself Ease
(HIT) - Brick has been one of Americas best and most loved building materials since the early colonial period. Homes, public buildings, garden walls, fortifications, even streets, were all constructed with brick. As the nation moved westward and settlements became towns, brickyards became one of the hallmarks of their prosperity and permanence.
Today brick is as popular as ever. Brick still says warmth, permanence, home. But with the housing market making buying a new house increasingly more costly, more and more people are remodeling their present dwellings. And one of the most popular remodeling materials is used brick, which, back in the fifties, was inexpensive enough, but today has become more difficult to find and more expensive to buy.
For the do-it-yourselfer who wants the traditional beauty of bricknew or usedat a fraction of the cost, the people at Z-Brick have the answer. All it takes is imagination, a little dexterity, and a few simple tools.
Z-Brick brick and stone are cementitious products with the look, color, and feel of the real thing. The difference is that Z-Brick comes to the do-it-yourselfer or professional contractor in cartons of 5/16" to 5/8" inch thick, lightweight facing material that anyone can install. It requires only four easy steps. All thats needed are an adhesive mortar and sealer, a hacksaw, a file, a trowel, and a brush, all of which are available from Z-Brick dealers.
Z-Brick mortar is troweled onto the surface to be covered. Z-bricks are then slid into place with a side-to-side, wiggling motion. At corners, doors, or windows, the bricks are cut to fit with a hacksaw and the edges dressed with a file. After the bricks are in place, the mortar between them is smoothed. The final step is brushing on a coat or two of protective sealer. Thats all there is to it.
Z-Brick products are impervious to moisture and the elements so they can be used outdoors as well as inside a home. They wont fade because the color goes all the way through. Fire safe, they are ideal for use in the kitchen, around fireplaces, heat efficient stoves, and barbecues.
Available in hardware and building supply sores, Z-Brick comes in several different styles, along with a Graystone light weight facing stone. Z-Bricks America line is sold in modern grays, traditional red, and the natural hues of harvest-ready wheat, and has the distinctive primitive texture of handmade, kiln-fired colonial brick.
Z-Bricks Inca line comes in three colors (red, used brick and Old Chicago), combines precise craftsmanship with a smooth, even texture and provides flexibility for use in a variety of decorative schemes from contemporary to classic.
The warm earth tones of "Design Images" Burnt Sienna and Mesa Beige brick, with their rugged, deeply cleft, heavily textured surfaces give homes a solid, early American warmth and charm.
For more information on how to use Z-Brick in your home or to ask for the location of the nearest dealer, visit Z-Brick online at www.z-brick.com.
Courtesy: Home Improvement News and Information Center