SEE WORLD’S BEST BRICK TIE: Plus Click to a Free Brick “Best Practices” Construction Guide

Brick ties connect the single layer of brick veneer to the underlying wood frame. Almost all brick houses in North America are made this way, but the brick ties used are typically not as good as this one.

Conventional brick ties are one of those common construction details that strikes me as just barely good enough to do the job. The Simpson Strong-Tie BTH  brick tie is different. It’s the best example I’ve seen of a high-end tie that’s also economical and widely available. Large air space capacity is one reason why. The BTH can accommodate wider-than-usual spaces between the masonry and the underlying wall frame. It’s the only option I’ve seen for tying brick veneer or manufactured stone to a wood or metal framework with up to a 3” air space between. 

Strength is another reason the BTH tie impresses me. Unlike regular zig-zag brick ties, the BTH is angled in cross section, creating a tie that’s rigid both in compression and tension. It’s also easy to bend the nailing tab on the BTH to customize it for different air space gaps. Just determine a desired gap width, then bend accordingly before using a screw or nail to anchor the tie to the frame.  The BTH brick tie is available from Simpson Strong-Tie dealers. I had to wait a week or so for my local building supplier to get a case in for me, so plan ahead.

Want to know what goes into today’s best brick veneer construction jobs? Click here for a detailed guide plus a downloadable “best brick practices” illustration.

Got a deck you want to connect to a house with brick veneer? That’s actually trickier to do well then it looks. Click below for a video on a specialized piece of hardware made especially for this job.

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