Thin brick panel assembly

  • US 5,373,676 A
  • Filed: 09/28/1992
  • Issued: 12/20/1994
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/28/1992
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A brick assembly utilized in providing a self-supporting thin brick facing on a building structure, comprising:

  • a plurality of generally rectangular shaped thin brick tiles having opposed side edges, a top and a bottom surface;

    a support panel for supporting said thin brick tiles, said support panel having a plurality of retaining channels for retaining said thin brick tiles, said retaining channels having a base and first and second opposed sides defined by laterally spaced, longitudinally extending holding guides, said holding guides being laterally spaced and generally parallel to one another, solid and integrally formed from said support panel;

    said holding guides having first and second sides, said first side extending outwardly and toward said second side at an acute angle with said channel to form a knife edge extending from an outer portion of said holding guide into said channel, said knife edge being adapted to deform to frictionally retain said thin brick tile, said knife edge providing generally line contact with said thin brick tile along one of said opposed side edges, said second side being generally perpendicular to said channel providing a flat surface for facial contact against the other opposed side edge of said thin brick tile, said bottom surface of said thin brick tile being in generally facial contact with said base of said retaining channel;

    said holding guides defining the lateral dimension of a respective channel;

    said lateral dimension of said channel being slightly less than the lateral dimension of said thin brick tiles;

    said thin brick tiles being inserted into said channels between said holding guides, said thin brick tiles deforming said knife edge of said first side of said holding guide while facially contacting said second side and said base;

    whereby said support panel is adapted to be attached to a building structure and said thin brick tiles being snapped into said channels and held in place within said channels by said holding guides.

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