Uniquely, the Barracuda system uses real bricks cut into the simplest of 'slip' shapes
So, just a simple single cut.
Our principle potential competitors (that mechanically capture the brick) need to use either complex shaped, purpose extruded bricks which are less characterful in appearance and limited in range or they require more complex cutting, incorporating additional rebates and slots.
Uniquely the Barracuda system can accommodate bricks of any shape or type from any brick manufacturer
So, bricks with large frogs, large core holes, numerous smaller core holes and of course 'solid' bricks etc. The bricks can be any material type, extruded, pressed or handmade.
Our competitors are typically either a brick manufacturer or aligned to one in some way. Because of this the range of bricks offered is inherently limited or their system design will accommodate nothing other than their special, purpose extruded shape.
Uniquely the Barracuda system can accommodate the wide range of brick size manufacturing tolerance variation
The wide range of brick size manufacturing tolerances stipulated within
BS EN771-1 can be accommodated.
Real bricks can, and often do, exhibit a very wide range of dimensional variation. Of particular relevance are variations in brick height or distortions of the brick that affect brick height. Our competitors tackle this by restricting brick choice to their more 'tightly toleranced' purpose extruded bricks (with the trade-off being artificiality of appearance) or complex cutting/regularisation.
Uniquely the Barracuda system uses the mortar to securely retain the brick slips
The mortar forms an effective 'shear key' with the lateral surfaces of the brick slip and the mortar is secured to the substructure/backing wall by the teeth/frons which project from the Barracuda profile.
Our competitors simply use mortar as a decorative infill performing at most just a 'weatherproofing' function.
Uniquely the Barracuda system securely retains the mortar within the joints
The mortar is 'locked' into place by enveloping the teeth/frons.
Our competitors typically inject a very 'shallow' (in our opinion ineffectively retained) depth of mortar which (we believe) will limit long term system durability.