specification guide for farmhouse brick

all the dazzle of the beloved zellige tile grounded with the integrity of brick. think of this thin clay brick tile coated with a white variegated glaze as a rustic, chunkier, version of the subway tile. if you like a smooth, consistent finished surface then this one is not for you. looking to embrace a little more surface tension and patina, then this thin glazed brick will serve you well. use it on your walls and floors.... and the great outdoors (the latter only with low traffic usage.) did we mention that farmhouse brick is eminently affordable too....

nominal sizes

modified standard ( 2-1/2"x8"x1/2" ) • 90˚corner piece is available ( the return is 4-3/4" )


clé exclusive farmhouse brick 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 specification. ok for freeze thaw & limited wet applications.


clé exclusive farmhouse brick tile is curretly available in stock.

color variation

clé exclusive farmhouse brick tile varies 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 farmhouse 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.


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 farmhouse 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.
note: 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 farmhouse 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, farmhouse bricks is subject to wear over time. for light traffic installations, a means must be provided for people to clean abrasive materials off their shoes before walking on the glazed brick floor.


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