Questions regarding thin brick
I hope you guys don't mind my posting this in the bathrooms forum, as it's not specific to bathrooms, but I know the tile guys hang out here, and thought they may be able to give me some advice regarding thin brick. If anyone has suggestions for a more appropriate forum, please let me know.
I am planning to install thin brick in my back entry area. I chose brick for a few reasons. Probably the main reason is that I think it goes well with the character of my house, which was built in 1930. I already have a brick wall in the kitchen, and it's amazing how closely these thin bricks resemble the existing wall (the colors vary more in the photos than in real life).
Also, I think it's practical as far as being non-slippery, and the color will help hide dirt and dog hair, of which there is a lot :)
I've done quite a bit of research online, and definitely feel like this is something I can tackle myself. My only other experience with tiling was installing subway tile in a tub surround, which turned out great, so I'm excited about this new project. Unfortunately, the local masonry company that sold me the brick was unable to give me many answers regarding installation, so I'm turning to you guys for help.
First, I'm installing the brick directly onto concrete. In my Google search, I found a blog that showed a thin brick installation in a home office. The installers used a bright pink roll on membrane of some sort. The homeowner didn't mention specifically what this was, just said that it was to seal the concrete and help everything adhere. Do you think this is something I should use? If so, any idea what it might be? I found a forum where a guy had to rip out his entire brick floor in his kitchen because the brick did not adhere properly, so this has me a little concerned. The stone place I bought my brick from had no idea what I was talking about when I mentioned this to them.
I was fairly confuse about what kind of sealer to use, but I think I have that settled now, and plan to use Glaze N'Seal film forming sealer, with the Glaze N'Seal floor polish.
The stone company told me it was ok to use either thin set or regular mortar. I bought the mortar. Should I use this for grouting as well, or should I buy a separate sanded grout for grouting?
Finally, I'm playing around with a couple of patterns. I think I'm leaning towards the more simple runningbond layout, as it just feels right. Any thoughts?
Here's my kitchen wall:
And one possible layout for the thin brick:
Another layout option:
Here is a link that might be useful: Link to the blog with concrete sealer