Brick snaps are becoming more popular in Australia for various applications. This is considered to be an economical and simple way of achieving a real brick façade in a pre-cast or site cast concrete applications. It was first introduced in the year 1995. Since then, the tilt-up industry has gone on a major expansion, thus enabling architects, contractors, and engineers to save money and time on projects.
Today, there is a question if brick snap is the better option compared to conventional masonry. Below are some of the most important information to know about to make the best decision.
No Need for Moisture Details
It is important to consider the engineering details of what is really behind the wall. In a traditional masonry, there is a need for steel angles, flashing details, weep joints, and mortar tuck-pointing. Basically, brick snaps in Australia are permanently captured in a structural concrete, thus moisture could not penetrate inside of the wall and there is no efflorescence and dead air space.
Easy and Fast Assembly
With brick snaps, you can save both time and money. In terms of installation, it only needs very minimal training for workers and is assembled at a rate of 1-3 sq. feet per minute for every man. This means that as the wall goes up, the brick is already in place.
Lesser Cost and Construction Time
Opting for brick snaps instead of having field-set masonry means that there will be at least one less-subcontractor, lesser brick layers, and weather delays. The system also needs minimal training and could be assembled in different weather. Also, thin brick comes preassembled in snaps, thus allowing for a guaranteed and secured fit. This is then supported by compression tabs to help the brick from floating.
Less Material Handling and Increased Job Safety
Six brick snaps are equal to the weight and size of a standard modular brick. When there is less material, this means savings on freight and material costs. In addition, since it does not need any messy mortar-mixing operations of scaffolding, jobsite clutter is reduced, which further lessens the cost.
Using them for concrete is energy-efficient, versatile, and structurally sound. In case earthquake-prone areas where there is a large-scale brick project, brick embedded in concrete is more preferred. In most cases, such system is the only approved construction method.
In testing performed by independent agencies, brick to concrete bond is excellent. The bond that forms mechanically and chemically help insure that the brick would never pop out in a concrete cast wall.
Moreover, contractors who have been using brick snaps in their pre-case or tilt-up they can have more savings using them than conventional masonry and almost 3 months reduction in their construction time.