Barracuda Brick System - available to order 2022

Lightweight rainscreen solutions for brickwork are fast replacing heavy, repetitive and weather dependent
traditional masonry. The expense of costly scaffolding is a key driver in this progression combined with
speed of installation. Three years ago we decided to explore this potential. Our aim was to invent a brick
slip system that could deal effectively with all brick types, perforated, frogged or solid, accommodating
the inevitable tolerances of standard bricks without the need or restriction of needing to produce special
extrusions that limit choice. In " Barracuda " we have found this solution.

An entirely unbonded system using different length teeth of sprung stainless steel to retain the brick slips,
hence the name " Barracuda ", capturing the strength and agility of the system came to mind. Independent
testing starts in early January 2022. The most rigorous and comprehensive test regimes will be undertaken
to make " Barracuda " the most fully tested system available. The product launch will follow immediately
after this testing bringing, we believe, a system that the market both wants and needs.

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.

Uniquely the Barracuda system 'automatically levels' the brick slips so that the top surfaces of the brick are correctly aligned
The differential length teeth/frons bias the brick slip upwards so that its top surfaces are aligned as is the case with traditionally laid brickwork.
Our competitors systems typically and incorrectly align the bottom surfaces of the brick slips or their 'mid-height'.
The Barracuda system is easy to install
The brick slips are a simple push fit and system can be supplied with a complimentary 'pre-gauged' backing structure that further speeds accurate installation.
Our competitors that utilise a 'cut' brick slip require the slip to be 'slid' along the rail.
Because the Barracuda system uses 'cut' slips, 'stock' bricks and 'handmade' bricks can be cut so that each brick produces two slips
This gets close to halving the cost of the brick slips.
The Barracuda system will withstand design wind pressures likely to be encountered anywhere in the world
The system can also be safely left for short periods un-mortared.
The Barracuda system is highly durable
The system is 'all Stainless Steel' and actively promotes mortar joint durability. The simple 'single cut' slip retains strength and increases durability.
The secondary grooves and rebates necessitated by our competitor's systems weaken the slip and potentially entrap water, reducing durability.
The Barracuda system is patented
The system was granted its UK patent on 25th March 2020. A European patent and patents applicable to all other likely sales/market territories have been applied for.