Anyone used brick tile (the thin, 1/2" stuff) to resurface a sidewalk?
I've seen it done somewhere using thinset mortar. Just wondering if
anyone has had experience doing this and how it held up over time.
I've got about 400 sq.ft. of sidewalk to cover, including stairs, and
it seems like this would be an easy, simple way to do it and not raise
the height too much, if it's durable. Not sure how the cost of the
brick tile compares to full or half-thickness clay pavers?
I don't think freezing in the bond layer is the big concern. Frost heave
would be the big concern. Most sidewalks move a little during the course of
the year, and you would likely get cracking over the old expansion joints,
and where it meets the steps, etc. If the budget doesn't cover putting in
proper bedded bricks, and you simply must have the brick look, I'd call
around and see if anyone in your area does the faux brick topcoating.
Basically they clean the existing concrete, and tape off the 'joints', and
do a weatherproof stenciling job on the rest. If you are bound and
determined to cover the existing concrete with brick, I'd dry-lay the parts
below the steps, and grout with dark sand. I'd also do the layout so all
expansion joints didn't have a brick crossing them. Make the joint at the
bottom of the step so the sidewalk can ride up w/o popping off the bricks on
the riser. How are you going to handle the height difference where your
brick meets the city sidewalk or curb?
Personally, I think it is more trouble than it is worth, if the existing
concrete is in good condition. At absolute most, I'd do a dye job to make
the color blend in with the house better, and not worry about it.
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