There are many reasons you might turn to glazed brick slips for external purposes. Although colourful bricks are often thought to be used inside a building, using external glazed brick slips is becoming more popular in 2023.

Imagine a façade that catches the eye and makes a lasting impression, or an accent wall that becomes the focal point of your outdoor space. Using glazed brick slips to achieve this is something you should consider.

This blog aims to cover 7 uses for external glazed brick slips with the aim of inspiring you to incorporate these into your new project!




1.      Façades


These slim slices of glazed brick offer an extensive palette of colours, finishes, and patterns, allowing you to create a visually striking and unique façade that stands out from the crowd.

Whether you desire a contemporary and sleek look or a more traditional and rustic charm, glazed brick slips provide the flexibility to bring your design vision to life.

Not only do glazed brick slips elevate the aesthetics of your building’s exterior, but they also offer exceptional durability. Resistant to fading, cracking, and moisture, these slips are built to withstand the test of time and maintain their attractive appearance for years to come. This longevity ensures that your facade continues to make a lasting impression.




brick slip facade used to create texture

Delta, Siège social Podeliha, Angers / Rolland & Associés


2.      Accent Walls Using External Glazed Brick Slips


As accent walls are often used to highlight architectural features, glazed brick slips can be used to add a touch of uniqueness and visual interest.

The wide range of colours, textures and patterns available allows you to customize the accent wall to suit your desired aesthetic. As we are seeing a popularity shift from block colour into patterns and more complex designs, brick slips allow you to be diverse in your colour and texture choices.

Their durable composition ensures that they can withstand outdoor conditions, including exposure to the elements. This makes them an ideal choice for areas that experience varying weather patterns. Moreover, the lightweight nature of glazed brick slips facilitates easier installation, reducing both time and labour costs.


3.      Differentiation In Buildings


Using glazed brick slips to create visual differences in buildings is a popular choice for those working in highly built-up areas. Also, buildings and spaces that need to reflect importance would benefit from the bold designs that glazed brick slips can achieve, creating something that stands out from the surrounding buildings.

For example, university campus buildings would benefit from glazed brick slips being used to differentiate the areas on the site by the colour and texture of each façade. This would help those visiting the campus find where they need to be.


special shaped brick glazed brick slip in grey wave



4.      Creating Light In Dark Spaces Using External Glazed Brick Slips


When working on a project that has dark spaces, such as stairwells or underpasses, using glazed brick slips can brighten the space.

You can create a brightening effect using a coloured glaze, or a shimmer effect using metallic glazing, that completely transforms a dark space.

Glazed brick slips open opportunities to projects that you might have had concerns about beforehand, such as enabling you to turn what would be an unassuming dark area into an exciting and creative one.


5.      Entrance Areas


You can instantly make a striking first impression by incorporating glazed brick slips into entrance areas.

Whether it’s a grand entrance to a building or a welcoming pathway leading to a front door, the use of glazed brick slips can create an eye-catching and inviting entryway.

By experimenting with colour, you can create an eye-catching focus around your doorway that can inspire those who visit.


6.      Maintenance And Durability


Although this isn’t an eye-catching feature, it’s crucial to creating a hardwearing building.

Often, buildings in highly built-up areas suffer from damage at low level. This can be a result of weather and, quite often, vandalism. By using glazed brick slips on these types of buildings, you can protect the lower level of the project.

As glazed brick slips are twice fired, they are a durable solution that’s easy to maintain. Any damage that is inflicted on the external wall can be cleaned and restored with more ease that an unglazed brick slip.

If your building is the tidiest on the block, it will be noticed!


single fired glazed brick slips on a tall building


7.      Enhancing Architectural Features


If your project involves improving the existing body of the building, glazed brick slips can be used to enhance the already existing features of the structure.

For example, using glazed brick slips to enhance the positioning of windows on the façade can completely transform your project. You can experiment with colour and even different shaped slips to create relief in your wall.

Using a modern product such as glazed brick slips doesn’t take away the traditional feel of a structure that you want to preserve – it can enhance it!




Are You Feeling Inspired?


There are multiple ways to use external glazed brick slips to create something unique.

Whether you want to highlight a certain architectural feature on your project by experimenting with colour, or you’re using special shaped slips to create something that stands out from the crowd, the design choices are endless.

Don’t be scared to do something different. If you aren’t sure what type of glazed brick slip would suit your project, make sure to take a look at the Creative Brick Solutions website to learn more about this product.

If you have a project in mind and need some advice on how to best include glazed brick slips in your design, reach out to a member of the team to gain expert insights.