Ask a Ceramicist!

Since 1986 we have been helping people transform spaces with tile. Simple ask us a question below or contact us by phone, email, in store, or live chat!

8:30am-5pm PST Monday-Friday

Click here to send us an email, or fill the form out below

San Francisco

Click the black button below to launch our live chat.

Send us a message:



Tile School: Brick 101

Posted by: Kali • Dec 12

Tile School: Brick 101

Durable, versatile and timeless, our Glazed Thin Brick can work its magic in a variety of styles and spaces. Whether your project is a rustic kitchen or a contemporary bathroom, our Brick will be right at home in a residence, but can go to work commercially too. Available in 28 lead-free glazes, you can have your pick between soft neutrals or more saturated hues.

Below are three things we think you should know about our Brick:

What it's made of:
Our Glazed Thin Brick comes in a standard size of 2.5 x 8, but is simply thinner than your standard brick, as you can see below. Made right here in California, our Brick is made from materials sourced from the United States. 

Brick Shown: Brick fresh from glazing; you can see here that our brick is the same rusty red color as typical brick.

Where it can be installed:
Brick can be installed nearly anywhere. From your kitchen, to your bathroom to your fireplace, it will fit right in. It is also very well suited for commercial spaces and has been used many a time in restaurants, retail spaces and grocery stores. The only limitation you have is that because it is made of more porous materials, our Brick cannot be installed in steam showers or pools. We also do not recommend it for commercial flooring, but is fine for residential spaces. 

Our Glazed Thin Brick in White Mountains looks picture perfect on this sleek fireplace design: 

Brick Shown: White Mountains; Design: Kristen Peña

Use our Glazed Thin Brick as you would field tile. Its classic size and textured finish make it ideal choice for an array of design styles: 

Brick Shown: Olympic

While we cannot recommend our Brick for steam showers or shower floors, it can absolutely be used for bathroom wall application (and on the floor outside the shower pan): 

Brick Shown: Appalachian; Design: Anja Michals 

Brick can also be installed on residential floors: 

Tile Shown: White Mountains Brick flooring; our Brick works wonderfully for residential flooring. (Brick also looks great paired with tile)!

Our Brick can also go to work on exterior facades, as you can see from the San Francisco apartment building below: 

Brick Shown: Bitterroot blended with custom colors created for the project; Design: David Baker Architects 

3. Ordering Brick
Your installer MUST install these bricks at 3/8" grout space or you will run short (there are 5.9 pcs of brick per SqFt including a 3/8" grout space). If you install at 3/8" please include at least 15% overage. If you want to install tighter, you'll need to add more overage--1/8" (no smaller!) = at least 30% overage and 3/16" = at least 20% overage. 

Keep in mind that if you install tighter, the size variation of the bricks will become more noticeable. 

Brick Shown: Lewis Range 

How it can be installed:
Don't forget: just because you have chosen Brick, you are not limited to the classic, horizontal offset pattern (even though it does look great)!

We love designer Jon De La Cruz's fresh take on offset: 

Brick Shown: Front Range in the House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year, designed by Jon De La Cruz 

A herringbone pattern is perfect for flooring: 

Brick Shown: Cascade; Design: Sarah Sherman Samuel 

A straight set pattern adds a touch of modern to a space (either horizontally or vertically):  

Brick Shown: White Mountains in a Straight Set pattern in a restaurant.

Also keep in mind that we have Brick corner pieces if you need to turn a corner in your project and we also can glaze the edges as well.

Brick Shown: A corner piece.

Brick Shown: Glazed Long Edge Brick in Lewis Range

Interested in using brick for your project? Order color samples online now. Need some help? Simply call, chat, or fill out our Design Assistance Form and one of our talented Design Consultants will get back to you shortly.

Already Obsessed?

We are too. Learn everything about our tile and get personalized service from our in-house design experts.

Get Free Design Assistance

Are you a member of the Trade?