specification guide for glazed thin brick

general description

Our clé exclusive thin glazed brick tile is a series of glazed ceramic brick tile, by clé, that is double fired (to over 2100F*) available in a variety of sizes, colors, and finishes and are designed for residential and architectural uses. They may be installed using most industry accepted systems including pre-cast panels.

*custom brick may be produced at other temperatures and with other processes.

nominal sizes modular (2-1/4"x 7-5/8"x1/2") 

modified standard (2-1/2"x8"x1/2") 

closure (3-5/8"x7-5/8"x1/2") 

modified norman (2-1/2"x11-1/2"x1/2") 

modified utility (3-1/2"x11-1/2"x1/2")

90˚corner piece is available ( the return is 3-5/8")


clé exclusive thin glazed brick tile tile shall be selected by the architect/designer/owner from manufacturer’s standard sizes, shapes and glazes; and shall meet the requirements of ANSI 137.1

As special purpose tile; ASTM C1088-12, grade exterior, type TBX, for physical properties; and ASTM 1405-12 class exterior for properties of finish.

Most units will meet PCI specifications, but need to be requested as such if required.

note: Interior/exterior wall usage. For floor installations- we currently restrict glazed brick installations to residential floor use. Please see below installation guide for installation recommendations.

OK for freeze thaw & for wet applications.

note: some glazes produced for custom applications may be crazed for decorative effects or to obtain certain color/characteristics and will not meet the crazing requirements of ASTM 1405-12.


clé exclusive thin glazed brick tile is made to order and therefore subject to production limitations and order volume fluctuations. 

For purposes of specification, a lead time of 8 - 10 weeks is sufficient in most cases. Check with clé for verification of delivery. Color variation clé exclusive thin glazed brick tile colors vary from brick to brick, some more than others. These variations are intentional, resulting from our particular production methods and our choice of raw materials.

When specifying clé exclusive thin glazed brick tile, if color consideration is paramount, always work from a sampling of 3 or more bricks, which represent the range of color you can expect on the job.












Wood or Steel Stud Framing


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Masonry or Concrete


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See below for notes referenced in table.


  1. Maximum deflection of L/360 is recommended for wall stud framing. Maximum deflection of L/240 is permitted for walls by the international Building Code (IBC) when rigid finishes like thin brick are applied. For interior adhered veneer applications supported by wood floors, the IBC limits the vertical deflection of the flooring system to L/600.
  2. Maximum allowable variation of ¼ in. in 10 ft (6 mm in 3.05 m) from plane.
  3. Acceptable only when surface is bondable and variation from plane is no more than ¼ in. 10 ft (6 mm in 3.05 m).
  4. Use only with reinforcing lath or mesh in scratch coat.
  5. Use exterior-grade sheathing. Wood stud framing is required by the IBC and the International Residential Code (IRC) to have water-resistive barrier with the equivalent performance of two layers of Grade D paper.
  6. Acceptable only when cement backer board is used as substrate.
  7. For IBC, the system must comply with the alternative design requirements of the Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures (TMS 402) since the installation method does not include metal lath.

*PLEASE NOTE- all of the above specifications are subject to planning and verification by your trade architectural or design professional and are not direct recommendations from clé for your any glazed brick projects.


Crazing refers to the hairline cracks which may occur in the glaze surface of brick after firing and is common in hand crafted tile. Some glazes produced for the clé exclusive thin glazed brick tile are crazed to achieve certain colors and/or decorative effects. To minimize the possibility of staining clé recommends using a penetrating sealer or grout release. If sealer or release is required please test a small section following the sealer/release manufacturer’s instructions.

Size variation

Due to shrinkage from wet to fired tile in the manufacturing process, our bricks are subject to size variation. The thickness is 5/8" and can vary, along with other specified dimensions. Please expect 6 tiles per square foot for a 2-1/2x8" tile. This allows for a 3/8" grout requirement.


Installation methods should conform to the tile Council of America “handbook for ceramic tile installation” (current edition). Brick from several different cartons should be mixed to achieve the best overall blend of color. Other systems are available and the manufacturer’s recommendations should be followed.


It is recommended that a 3/8" grout joint be used for clé exclusive thin glazed brick tiles. Smaller grout spacing can be used including “a tight joint”; however, additional tiles will be required to cover a given area. narrow grout spaces accentuate tile irregularities.

Note: epoxy grout is not recommended however, should you choose to use epoxy grout, grout release is required to maintain the original surface. Use a grout bag to minimize excess grout and decrease cleanup. work clean!


Minimal maintenance is required. Mild soaps should be sufficient for most cleaning. Test any cleaners before general use.

Durability considerations depending on specific site conditions, glazed thin brick are subject to wear over time. To determine the suitability for specific applications, each clé glaze has been tested and ranked on the MOHS scale and classified according to hardness and recommended use.

Light colors and matte glazes are a better choice in heavy use areas rather than dark colors and gloss finished glazes because scratches on the tile surface are less apparent. A means must be provided for people to clean abrasive materials off their shoes before walking on a glazed brick floor.

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