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a clé heritage tile

clé heritage are artisan tiles that carry the mark of a skilled artisan with each tile embodying variation in tone and surface. these tiles are to be treasured for their hand hewn quality and require a skilled installer.

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flats with a modern, uniform surface

design: elliott meyers design / photo: dwelling photography

classic american, affordable, and recyclable thin bricks

our foundry flats standard issue unglazed thin bricks showcase rich, uniform color and a clean, modern surface, perfect for curating a minimalist mood.

sinter is a more uniform shade of sand cast, ideal for projects in need of a tan shade with a little warmth.

why we love foundry flats standard issue

we scoured the country looking for the perfect unglazed thin brick and discovered these at a family-run business that uses materials located within 25 miles of the factory. foundry flats standard issue bricks are solidly made with a body that reflects a color palette that is both modern and enduring. made from just clay and water, foundry flats are a classic, american, affordable, and recyclable product offered in an array of earthy hues ranging from a sooty, volcanic black to a mineral-flecked shade of honey.

design: elliott meyers design / photo: dwelling photography

why thin brick?

brick is one of the oldest construction materials in the world dating back thousands of years. the advent of thin brick, however, is a recent phenomenon that has helped reenergize the brick medium with architects and designers employing it as both a structural and decorative material. the extensive range of textures and colors in clé's standard and forge foundry flats lines has only served to widen this appeal and bring a modern approach to an age-old material.

design: ames interiors / photo: kate osborne

product specifications

technical specifications

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non freeze thaw resistant

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radiant heating compatible

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uv resistant

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heat resistant

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stove backsplash

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sink backsplash

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interior floor

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heavy commercial

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heavy residential

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interior wall

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exterior wall

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fireplace surround

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shower wall

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steam shower wall

* see material guidelines guide for specific requirements

description
rating
surface type
unglazed

finish type
unfinished

level 2: slight

level 3: medium

level 2: medium

dimensions
" x  " x  "
water absorption
5 hr boil: avg. 12% / 24 hr cold soak: avg. 9% / Saturation Coefficient: avg. 0.75

dcof
the textured, unglazed surface will provide slip resistance

Pieces per sqft
6.54 pcs/sqft

Weight per sqft
5.23 lbs

Pieces per box
44 pcs/box

read before you buy this tile

do i need to seal foundry flats bricks?

due to the texture of the bricks you must apply a sealant or a grout release such as stonetech heavy duty sealer prior to grouting in order to minimize risk of grout haze, and to allow for an easier clean up.

unglazed thin bricks do not have to be sealed after grouting for dry applications.

however, on wet applications, it is recommended that a sealer be applied to both grout lines and tile surface as a final step of installation. clé recommends stonetech bulletproof sealer from laticrete in most wet applications.

for more information about sealing please see our foundry flats material guidelines.

do you offer trim for your foundry flats bricks?

we offer corner pieces for each of the bricks included in our foundry flats line. as for trim, at clé we follow the international model of no trim and highly recommend our clients to do the same. below are the trim alternatives we recommend for this collection.

- if your project needs to turn a corner either inwardly or outwardly, mitering the bricks to meet seamlessly in a corner gives it the cleanest, crafted finish.
- a visible brick edge can be sanded to make the side match the main surface of the brick.
- another way to complete your tiling is to run a bead of caulk or grout along the exposed brick edge.
- if you have a painted surface next to your brick, you can choose to paint the outer edge of the brick to match the painted surface.
- like with any of our bricks, you can also build out the sheetrock so that the surface of the finished sheetrock is flush with the surface of the brick.

-for more detailed recommendations about trim, please see our trim guide.

how do i take care of my foundry flats bricks?

over time, a natural patina will occur on floors as they are maintained and naturally wear.

mild, pH neutral soaps should be sufficient for most cleaning—test before general use. for all other maintenance, clé recommends laticrete cleaning products.

see the foundry flats material guidelines for more information.

what types and levels of variation and imperfections should i expect?

foundry flat colors vary both in texture and color from brick to brick, with some individual bricks more than others. clé celebrates this variation resulting from the production methods and raw material choices. when specifying foundry flats, if color consideration is paramount, always work from a sampling of 3 or more bricks, which represents the range of color you can expect on the job.

due to the noticeable color and shade variations, it is very important to blend the tiles from all boxes once they arrive and place them in their installation area to ensure you have the layout you want before installing. do not install without blending bricks from all boxes.

variation and imperfection ratings:

foundry flats standard bricks are rated 'level 2 slight' for color variation, 'level 3 medium' for texture variation, and 'level 2 medium' for size variation.

see illustrations in the technical specifications section above, and read more about the ratings in our tile variation and imperfections guide

how will my foundry flats standard issue samples compare to my actual order?

 as noted in the variation and add on orders sections of our faq, color and size variation between production batches (or kiln loads) of foundry flats standard issue bricks, in addition to variation from brick to brick, is to be expected given the handcrafted nature of the product. this makes it unlikely that your sample will be a perfect match with your actual order.

why do you suggest i order at least 15% more than my measurements?

industry standard suggests adding at least 15% overage due to brick cuts, potential breakage, or future repairs.

for more information related to ordering and shipping, please be sure to visit our shipping and returns and delivery information resource pages.

grout

clé recommends the use of mapei flexcolor cq grout with this collection and a 3/8" grout joint with this collection.

grout color selection is always up to our client and/or their design professional. however, clé is often asked for our opinion on best grout selections for our tiles. and due to the large array of grout colors that are now available, clé would like to offer this general guideline on a grout color selection for any of your clé tiles.

  • first, have your contractor complete your tile installation, except for the grout portion.
  • next, when ready to grout, ask your contractor to bring all of the grout color charts from his preferred grout manufacturers, for your review.
  • lastly, choose a time of day when you are most pleased with the lighting in your space (either natural lighting, installed lighting or a blend of both). during that lighting and time of day, select the grout color that best matches your tile selection.
  • if you are working with patterned tiles, highly color-variegated tiles or a combination of tiles, we recommend that you follow the above recommendations—but match your grout to the color in your pattern that you would like to accentuate.

due to the texture of the bricks we recommend applying a sealant or a grout release prior to grouting to minimize risk of grout haze and to allow for easier clean up. given that it will be difficult to remove grout from the textured surface of brick even when using a grout release, we also recommend that a grout bag or gun be used for grouting and to work carefully.

important: please note that a 3/8" grout joint size yields 6.54 bricks per square foot. should your project require a smaller joint, keep in mind that additional bricks will need to be ordered as our checkout calculations are all based on 6.54 bricks per square foot.

here are the pieces per square foot for a few other common grout joint sizes:

1/8” grout joint - 6.97 bricks per square foot

1/4” grout joint - 6.75 bricks per square foot

pieces per square foot comes to 7.2 when no grout joint is taken into account

 

for more information about grouting please see our foundry flats installation & maintenance guide.

collection dimensions

brick - standard issue - 2 1/2" x 8" x 1/2"
corner - standard issue - 2 1/2" x 8" x 3 1/2"
*with the exception of ferrous which has a 3/4" thickness.

disclaimer: please note all dimensions are nominal. additionally, dimensions between tiles can vary +/- 1/8 inch.

material guidelines