There was a time when paint was the only option for anyone wanting to transform an interior quickly, easily and effectively. While paint, and the colors it offers, can be an amazing tool for revamping a room, Native Custom Stone’s Go-Brick will enable you to create a totally new look that includes color, pattern and texture. It’s the perfect product to achieve a magical makeover in so little time and with so little effort, you’ll be wondering why it took you so long to try.
What is Go-Brick?
Go-Brick is a thin, lightweight brick veneer product that can be installed by anyone. One of a number of veneer products manufactured by Native Custom Stone, it is available in a number of colors in imitation of some of the most popular bricks used in the construction industry. But while regular bricks must be laid with mortar on a solid concrete foundation, Go-Brick doesn’t require any form of foundation or structural support. It doesn’t require any bricklaying skills either.
The bricks used to mold Go-Brick panels were all selected by hand to ensure the veneer would have a unique appearance and style. Each panel is approximately ½ inch thick and measures about 2¼ inches x 75/8 inches. The veneer is packaged in quantities that will cover 8½ square feet with 3/8 inch mortar joints. Customers are advised to mix panels from different boxes because colors do vary, and mixing them makes them look more realistic.
How to Achieve a Magnificent Makeover Using Go-Brick
Go-Brick can be used on all walls, and virtually any vertical surface. It is suitable for an entire room, or can be used to create feature walls. It is also suitable for use in kitchens and bathrooms, for example as a backsplash behind the sink. It works beautifully around fireplace mantels and in alcoves.
Standard colors range from Antique and Schoolhouse Red to Old Dixie Grey, Orchard Blend, Savannah Beach and Sunset Rust. Your choice will depend on the new color scheme you are planning for the room you are making over. You could of course redo your entire house using Go-Brick, in one color or several different ones.
The only tools you need to install Go-Brick panels are a measuring tape, notched trowel to apply tile adhesive to the back of the panels, and either grout applciator or small pointing tool depending on whether you are going to fill the joints with tile grout or mortar. Both options are acceptable. You should also work with a spirit level to ensure that the first row of panels is level. A chalk line can also be useful to ensure that subsequent rows remain level.
Even though you don’t need to be a skilled craftsman, you can choose a professional finish for the grout and make it look as if the brickwork has been deep raked, full brushed or full tooled, depending on the style chosen for the panels.
While it is not necessary to seal Go-Stone, Native Custom Stone does offer Natural Shield Sealer which is ideal if you are using the product for exterior walls, or somewhere that it might come into contact with oil. If used outside, the panels should be fixed to the wall using exterior rather than an interior tile adhesive.
Where to Buy Native Custom Stone’s Go-Brick