Asked on May 12, 2017

Can tile be attached to brick?

Clark FrenchWilliamNancy Gramm
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I had new brick steps installed in the front entrance to my house. The mason did a terrible job and the bricks are 'bleeding' white through each one giving a very old appearance. Masons who came to see if they could help said it was a bad job, done with 'used' bricks and, aside from tearing down the entire steps, there's nothing that can be done. It basically ruins the front of my house. I thought if I could attach tile to the lifters and leave the blue stone on the steps, it could look nice and unique. I am attaching a photo to show how the steps look. thank you for your help. Arliine Zatz E-mail: azatz@funtravels.com
4 answers
  • Nancy Gramm
    on May 12, 2017

    According to This Old House, you can just lay thinset over the brick until it's dried smooth and tile over that. Here's the link if you're interested in reading further. https://www.thisoldhouse.com/how-to/tile-over-brick-fireplace
    • William
      on May 12, 2017

      Your welcome. Some sites do not allow their links to be shared or embedded into other sites. They insert a / div at the end of the URL to prevent this. I usually check the links that Hometalkers share to make sure they work while commenting or looking for inappropriate comments.
    • Nancy Gramm
      on May 12, 2017

      I'm beginning to think my links never work! Thank you, William, for picking up after me.
  • William
    on May 12, 2017

    Use a latex modified thinset. Dampen the bricks before putting on the tiles. Do not get them wet. Put a thin coat of thinset on the bricks. Then "butter" each tile with thinset and put them on. You can also use the thinset as grout.
  • Clark French
    on Aug 13, 2018

    William has it about right. You really want to do all that you can to make sure that the job goes well and stays well. You should scrub the bricks clean with a vinegar and water solution first, and let them dry. Next you should apply a concrete primer or a solution of 50% concrete glue and 50% water. This will help to keep the older bricks from effervescing and delaminating. It will also give a better surface adhesion when you install the tile. Let that dry and then tile as usual.

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