Material Estimating

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General Measurement Units

One Ton                                     2,000 lb

One Cubic yd.                            27 cu ft. (3' x 3' x 3')

Square Feet                                Length x Width (e.g., 10' x 10' = 100 sq. ft.)

Natural Stone


Per Pallet                                    Approx. 1.5 tons per pallet

Building Stone                           3″ to 5″ thick - Approx. 35-40 sq. ft. per ton

Per Ton of Stone                        3 bags of mortar and ½ yd. of sand



Per Square Feet                          Approx. 1.5 tons per pallet

Per Pallet                                    3″ to 5″ thick - Approx. 35-40 sq. ft. per ton

Per EZ Pac Mini                          3 bags of mortar and ½ yd. of sand

Please Note: Thin Brick & Natural Stone must be thoroughly washed prior to installation. Please download the Natural Stone Thin Veneer brochure for additional details.



Thin Patio (1″ to ½″ thick)       Covers Approx. 150-180 sq. ft.

Patio Grade (1″ to 2″ thick)      Covers Approx. 100-120 sq. ft.

Slabs (2″ to 3″ thick)                 Covers Approx. 75-100 sq. ft.



Per Pallet                                    Approx. 1.5 tons per pallet

Building Stone                           3″ to 5″ thick - Approx. 35-40 sq. ft. per ton

Per Ton of Stone                        3 bags of mortar and ½ yd. of sand



Bags of Mortar per 1000 Brick          Approx. 7 bags (143 bricks per bag)

yd. of Sand per 1000 bricks               Approx. 1 yd.

Bricks per sq. ft.                                  4.5 bricks for paving, hearths (laid flat – solid brick)

Wall Ties                                              1 per every 10 bricks (100 wall ties per 1000)

Additional Brick Sizes

Roman              3 ⅝ ″ d × 1 ⅝ ″ h × 11 ⅝ ″ l (Approx. 6 per sq. ft.)

4 × 16               3 ⅝ ″ d × 3 ⅝ ″ h × 15 ⅝ ″ l (Approx. 2.25 per sq. ft.)

8 × 16               3 ⅝ ″ d × 7 ⅝ ″ h × 15 ⅝ ″ l (Approx. 1.125 per sq. ft.)

Please Note: Square footage estimates are based on use of a 3/8″ Mortar Joint. For specific regional availability and sizing, please contact your Metro Brick representative. Estimating blueprints is a courtesy. Take-offs are not guaranteed. Double-check quantities with mason prior to ordering.

Installation tips

Determine Which Side of the Brick Should Face Out VS. Face In
  • For a more textured look - be sure the sawn side (smooth side) affixes to the surface and the textured or fired clay side will face out
  • Use bricks will have unique surfaces, like mortar or paint
    • Decide if you want a more textured look or variegated color look
Wash The Brick on Both Sides Before Installing
  • Even though they go through a rinsing after cutting there is always some dust left on the brick
For a Blended Look, Always Pull Bricks From Different Sleeves or Pallets
Lay Out The Brick On The Floor in The Pattern You Would Like To See The Colors Blended When Installed.
Use Broken Bricks for Your End Cuts/Corners
  • With used brick you will always receive a few broken pieces but we always add extra to ensure you have enough. The broken brick is still usable.
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How Long Have We Been In Business?

Over 40 years we ship residential and commercial projects all over the country

How Do We Ship You Thin Brick?

We get the order ready crate it and usually ship by LTL (less than Truckload) with a lift gate so they can unload your pallets on site with a pallet jack. The freight company will call you to schedule a delivery time. Once the pallets leave our yard we have no control when the delivery will take place.

Will I Get Broken Brick or Chipped Brick?

Yes it is impossible to ship thin brick with out some getting broken or chipped. Especially on used reclaimed brick. These brick are still useable. Meaning they can be used for your end cuts or trim areas leaving your full brick in tack. We also always add extra to every shipment to cover the breakage. If the shipment looks to be completely damaged from shipping do not except the order take photos and notify us immediately.

How Many Brick Will You Need For The Project?

Measure the height x width less any openings this will give you a square footage total x by the brick per square foot.

How do I Install My Thin Brick?

Watch several videos online (“google thin brick installation”) each video you watch has great suggestions and different tips to make your DIY project fun and easy. Or consult a professional tile installer or Brick Mason to do the install.