Brick Veneers for Durable and Stylish Walls

We have a large variety of products available, select the bricks to find our specific information regarding each product.

Veneers are our non structural range of building products, typically used for external bricks and internal feature walls. They required ties into the structural elements of buildings.

10 Series bricks require a larger foundation than the typical 70 series bricks.

 

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Brick Veneer

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Kiwibricks are manufactured by Viblock in Central Otago, New Zealand.

Viblock is a 100% owned and operated Kiwi family business. The bricks are made of reprocessed aggregates from gold mining and dam construction days. Each brick is named after a waterway which has fed the aggregates. Kiwibricks come in a range of colours and finishes to complement your desired aesthetic.

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Veneers features + Benefits

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Brick veneers are a popular choice for external and internal feature walls. These non-structural ranges of building products provide the look of a traditional brick wall without needing full brick construction. Viblock’s brick veneers are designed to add a touch of durability and style to any space.

Our brick veneers are made from premium quality materials to ensure long-lasting performance. They come in different colours and finishes, allowing you to create the perfect look for your property. Whether you want a classic red brick or a modern grey finish, our brick veneers can meet your design needs.

Whether you want villa veneer bricks for a weatherboard look or classic brick veneers for a timeless appeal, Viblock has you covered. Call us at 0800 842 562 to request a free quote!

Ideal for External Bricks and Internal Feature Walls

Veneer bricks bring performance to the internal and external walls of your property. They are perfect for adding durability to your home’s exterior while providing an eye-catching feature for internal rooms.

For external bricks, our veneers provide a cost-effective alternative to traditional full-brick construction without compromising on strength and longevity. They offer several benefits to commercial buildings, like air penetration, moisture management, and weather tightness.

Our brick veneers add character and warmth to internal feature walls. They can be used in living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, or even bathrooms to create a unique design focal point. Our veneers can also be used for fireplace surrounds or accents to add texture and depth to the room.

For a cohesive design inside and out, consider pairing our veneers with permeable drycast pavers, which provide functional and aesthetically pleasing options for outdoor spaces, ensuring effective water drainage and a stylish look.

Veneer Brick Types

From 10 series to 70 series, Viblock offers a wide range of veneer brick types to suit various design preferences. Our veneers are lightweight, making them easy to install and handle. They also come in different sizes and shapes, including standard, corner, and capping bricks, to accommodate different wall configurations.

Veneers: 10 Series

Our 10 Series veneers are our smallest and most versatile bricks, perfect for creating intricate patterns or adding detail to larger brickwork. These bricks are ideal for internal feature walls and areas where space is limited. However, they require a larger foundation as they are less strong than our larger veneer options. These bricks come in various finishes, including smooth, sandstone, and rockface.

Our 10 Series veneers ranges include:

  • 1001
  • H1001
  • 1001 Fluted
  • Summit – 10 Series Split Face
  • 1017 Rumbled

Veneers: 70 Series

As our largest veneer brick option, the 70 Series offers a more traditional and authentic brick appearance. These bricks are ideal for external walls thanks to their strength and durability. Their larger size also requires less foundation than the 10 Series veneers. Our 70 Series veneers are available in smooth and rockface finishes, allowing you to achieve the desired look for your project.

Our 70 Series veneers ranges include:

  • Shotover
  • Dart
  • Dunstan
  • Kawarau
  • Hawea
  • Whakatipu
  • Villa Veneer

Call us now at 0800 842 562 to discuss your veneer brick needs and get expert advice on choosing the right type for your project.

Available Colours and Finishes

Our brick veneers come in various colours and finishes to suit any design aesthetic. Choose from classic red bricks NZ for a timeless look or modern grey bricks for a contemporary feel. Some of our popular colour options include:

  • Natural: This finish offers a natural, earthy look that complements building styles and colours.
  • Charcoal: A dark, sleek colour option for modern or industrial-style buildings.
  • Bannockburn: A warm, rustic colour option that adds character and charm to any space.
  • Cream: A lighter option for a softer, more traditional look.
  • White: A clean, crisp finish that complements any design style. 
  • Autumn Leaves: A blend of brown, red, and orange tones that add warmth and depth to a space.

Moreover, our brick veneers can also come in different finishes, including smooth, sandstone, rockface, split face, fluted, and rumbled. With so many options, you can easily find the perfect colours and finishes to enhance your property’s aesthetic. 

FAQs

Do veneers require any special maintenance?

No, our brick veneers do not require any special maintenance. They are made from durable materials and can withstand various weather conditions. However, regular cleaning and inspection are recommended to ensure their longevity. Our veneer cladding and faux brick options are also designed to be low-maintenance while providing a lasting aesthetic appeal.

Can veneers be used for fireplaces?

Yes, our brick veneers can be used for fireplace surrounds or accents. They add a touch of texture and warmth to any room. However, it is important to consult with a professional to ensure proper installation and safety precautions. For optimal results, consider our veneer system, which includes appropriate control joints to accommodate thermal expansion and contraction.

What finishes are available for brick veneers?

Our brick veneers come in different finishes, including smooth, sandstone, rockface, split face, fluted, and rumbled. These options allow you to find the perfect colors and textures to enhance your property’s aesthetic.

How do brick slips compare to full bricks?

Brick slips are thin cuts of bricks, offering the same appearance and durability as full bricks but with less weight and easier installation. They are ideal for projects where full brick construction is not feasible.

Can veneer cladding be used on exterior walls?

Yes, veneer cladding can be used on exterior walls to provide a durable and attractive finish. It is essential to use appropriate control joints to manage any potential movement due to temperature changes or structural settling.

What is the importance of control joints in veneer systems?

Control joints in veneer systems are crucial to accommodate the natural expansion and contraction of materials due to temperature fluctuations. Properly placed control joints help prevent cracking and ensure the longevity and integrity of the veneer cladding.

How do I know which veneer brick type suits my project?

You can consult our team of experts to discuss your project needs and get professional advice on the best veneer brick type. We also offer free quotes so you can easily compare and choose the best option for your budget. We ensure all our work complies with government standards and regulations, guaranteeing quality and safety in every installation.

Compared with other building materials masonry blocks; require little energy to manufacture, have a local supply chain and last a lifetime.

The mass of masonry blocks creates a quiet home when compared with traditional building materials.

Masonry concrete requires very minimal maintenance over the lifetime of your building.

Concrete is known for its ability to store heat energy also known as thermal mass.

High thermal mass of masonry homes reduces the need for heating and cooling and the associated costs.

A large variety of colours and finishes allow you to get your perfect bespoke home.

Concrete masonry has no combustible elements.

Provided the exterior is sealed when recommended masonry homes will perform against all natural elements.

Over the lifetime of a building masonry homes compare favourably to other building materials.

Additional Information

Our blocks are typically delivered direct to your site. We can be sourced through your local merchant alternatively you can buy direct. Contact Us to discuss best option for you.

Most general products (natural masonry) we stock at our Alexandra and Christchurch sites. We have relationships with many transport companies which allows for a full range of delivery services to your location. Leadtime is typically within 2 days of ordering.

For architectural products; coloured masonry & secondary processing (honed, split, rumbled or textured products) we require a lead time of typically 6 weeks.

Step 1.
Manufacture: 2 weeks


Step 1 Manufacture - ViBlock

Our plants are manufacturing to a two-week plan ensuring general stock levels are maintained.

Step 2.
Curing time: 1 – 2 weeks


Step 2 Curing Time - ViBlock

Once manufactured concrete products require time to reach specific strengths. This time is variable depending on your block choice and final application.

Step 3.
Second Processing: 1 week


Step 3 Honing - ViBlock

Honing
This process is done at site using an automated Hensel machine, involves a diamond cutting the face of the block. Our most popular finish for block, the result is a sleek aesthetic that highlights aggregate in the mix.

Step 3 Bush Hammering - ViBlock

Textured/Bush hammering
This process is done at our Alexandra site and requires extra curing time to ensure a strong product. The result is an exposed aggregate finish with a uniform texture across the block.

Step 3 Split Face - ViBlock

Split face
Completed at site through automated system applying pressure to the middle of blocks which creates the a bold textured exposed aggregate finish.

Step 4 Rumbling - ViBlock

Rumbling
completed at site, blocks are tumbled down a cylinder to create a rough edge and weathered aesthetic.

Step 4.
Delivery: 1-2 days


Step 4 Delivery - ViBlock

Completed through our network of partners can be with Hiabs or whatever your site requires.

Get in touch with one of our friendly team for more information on our lead times and delivery process

Every effort is made by Viblock to ensure the end user has a great product however we are only one step in the overall process. Each stage requires professional attention otherwise the result will not be to the desired standard.
Below outlines the stages in a block construction;

Select - ViBlock

1. Select your desired product

There are many ways masonry can be used to achieve a desired aesthetic. Key decisions include; the need for masonry to be structural or a veneer, the laying pattern stack bonded or stretcher bond. From here what colour and finish you require can be decided. ViBlock offers the largest variety of manufactured masonry finishes in New Zealand so will likely be able to accommodate your requirements. For further detail please refer to, Available Colours.

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Ensure - ViBlock

2. Ensure your designer is specifying to masonry standards

The build process is invariably smoother when wall sizes and controls are designed to specific lengths and details that work for blocks. There are many resources available to assist designers and architects, these include;

Masonry manual

NZ design standard for masonry building not requiring specific engineering design – NZS 4229:2013

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Engage - ViBlock

3. Engage a professional mason to lay the product

Block layers can make all the difference when building with masonry. Block layers have a trade association that provides them with support in training and ongoing learning this goes above the licenced building practitioners. Above the trade association block layers can become Master Masons. Contracting with a Master Mason ensures the individual has been assessed as having an appropriate level of skills and knowledge to complete work to an industry best practice standard. More information can be found at the following links

Find a Blocklayer

What is a Master Mason?

Or you can contact us. Attached are guidelines for block layers to follow when using architectural masonry, it is important the block layer is aware it will be used as finished product.

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Sealing - ViBlock

4. Sealing product

Viblock recommends all masonry is sealed to improve the look and durability of the product. Sealing is especially important for coloured masonry to reduce the likelihood of efflorescence and maintain the desired aesthetic over time. Viblock recommends Sto weathertight sealing systems are used for any walls open to the elements. For internal walls there are many sealers in the market it is important you have a professional installer complete the sealing and they follow the manufactures recommendations.

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Viblock manufactures Villa Veneer products, these are a great way to achieve a weatherboard look while getting all the benefits of masonry. More information can be found here

Efflorescence is a naturally occurring phenomena associated with all Concrete products. The chemistry involved is complex, involving several factors over which neither the manufacturer, the contractor, nor the end user has total control.

At Viblock we are very much aware of efflorescence and the problems it can create. Our manufacturing processes have all but eliminated the occurrence of efflorescence in our products, however unfortunately, we have no control over the environment in which our Masonry & Pavers are used.

In order to reduce the chances of efflorescence occurring, it is important that purchases care for the products from delivery to sealing (refer Viblock Care of Masonry, Pavers sheets and the paving laying guide).

Three steps to reduce the chance of efflorescence occurring

  • Products must be stored correctly before laying.
  • Laying of Blocks and pavers should be completed by a licensed trade professional.
  • Sealing should also be carried out by a trade professional

Efflorescence should it occur in no way effects the structural integrity of our Masonry Blocks and Pavers.

Ownership:
Products remain the property of Viblock Limited until full payment has been received.

Payment:
Unless approved credit arrangements are made prior to delivery, payment is required at time of the placing of order. Prices are subject to alterations without notice and deliveries will be made at prices current at the time of dispatch.

Pallets:
All pallets are returnable, in good condition (fair wear and tear accepted) and subject to a deposit of $45+GST each, credited when pallets are returned to Viblock by the Purchaser.

Returns:
Returns if accepted by Viblock will incur a handling fee. Claims for faulty products will not be entertained once they have been laid. No returns are accepted arising from over-ordering

Variations On Delivery:
Variations of actual quantities from those shown on delivery docket must be notified to us at the time of delivery otherwise no responsibility will be accepted for such variations. Goods delivered to unattended sites are the customer’s responsibility and the Company will not accept claims for shortages. Delivery is deemed to be effected when trucks have reached the closest point to the customer’s property without leaving the public road. Trucks are not permitted to drive over concrete crossings or driveways, unless a council approved crossing is provided. Trucks entering customer’s property at customer’s request do so at the customer’s risk and the Company will not accept any liability for damage.

Estimates:
Estimates are given for guidance only as to the number and type of blocks required and the Company will not accept responsibility for accuracy, nor accept claims for variations. The customer will be charged for all blocks delivered.

Colours:
Coloured products can vary due to the use of Natural Aggregates.

DISCLAIMERS:
The information contained in this document is current at the time of issue. Viblock Limited reserves the right to change product specification without prior notice. Where specification is relevant on specific product performance please check with Viblock first.