Clinker or straps - a comparison

For many, the difference between a "real" clinker façade and clinker bricks is not really clear. Here are essential differences, even if both looks similar. What the one and what the other means exactly, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of each, read here.

Clinker façade versus Riemchen: construction

The construction of a clinker façade is always double-shelled: in front of the actual masonry, the brick wall lies as a separate, second wall (so-called masonry). It is in fact the clinker facade so a complete wall.

Clinker straps are also "real" clinkers (in contrast to the often confused white KS bricks, which are made of sand-lime brick). Clinker strips, however, are only about 14 mm thick, in contrast to bricked clinker bricks, and are glued directly onto the façade. That can also happen on plaster. A separate facing brick from the clinker bricks is not made in this case.

Clinker or straps - a comparison: straps

Advantages of straps

Straps offer some advantages over the two-shell design with a real clinker façade.

  • There is no foundation needed, the effort is much lower
  • there must be no support on the wall (in case of subsequent application)
  • significantly cheaper than a real brick wall
  • as easy to clean and maintenance free as a real brick wall
  • Attachment to plaster facades and ETICS possible without any problems
  • faithful clinker look
  • also directly in connection with a thermal insulation possible (so-called insulating clinker)
  • Woodpeckers can no longer damage an existing ETICS (otherwise they prefer to build nest cavities in the soft material and cause enormous damage)

So you are the simple, even subsequent upgrading a plaster facade, without having to put up with the effort for the erection of a real clinker facade by the bricklayer.

The downside is lower noise protection (which is excellent on real clinker facades) and possibly less durability (real clinker facades can easily become 100 years or more).

price comparisons

Clinker strips cost around 20 - 30 EUR per m², depending on the selected stone format and depending on the version. In addition there are the costs for attaching.

For the production of a real clinker façade as a masonry you must expect at least 120 - 150 EUR per m², depending on the type and format of the clinker bricks used.

Isoklinker are priced - depending on the thickness of the insulating material (between 40 and 200 mm are possible) at around 170 EUR per m² - so only slightly higher than a high-quality ETICS. But in the end you will not only have the insulation, but also a maintenance-free clinker façade.

Tips & Tricks

The subsequent or additional insulation of a real clinker facade is always problematic and causes enormous costs. Therefore, consider whether you do not want to use insulating clinker right away if you want to have a clinker facade.