Bautex Block – Finishes

Archi­tects and design­ers have a range of choic­es for fin­ish­ing a Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem, both the build­ing exte­ri­or and inte­ri­or walls. Cus­tomers from Austin to Hous­ton and the Rio Grande Val­ley are design­ing with dif­fer­ent com­bi­na­tions of brick, pan­els and stuc­co depend­ing on their desired look and project goals.

Brick and stone can be attached very quick­ly and eas­i­ly using stan­dard brick ties such as a Hohmann and Bernard 2‑Seal™ Tie. Stuc­co­max™, a min­er­al-based stuc­co that is dis­trib­uted by Bau­tex, can be applied direct­ly over the Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem and Bau­tex Air and Mois­ture Bar­ri­er. Syn­thet­ic stuc­cos from oth­er man­u­fac­tur­ers may also work well direct­ly applied to the Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem. Veneer pan­el sys­tems can be attached to the con­crete cores of the Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem using a Bau­tex Wall Anchor or a con­crete anchor­ing sys­tem, like Hilti or Tap­con®. Texas Sur­gi­cal Der­ma­tol­ogy (pic­tured) chose a com­bi­na­tion of mason­ry, stuc­co and met­al pan­els for its build­ing exte­ri­or fin­ish­es.

Inside the build­ing, a Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem may be fin­ished with any stan­dard fin­ish, includ­ing sheetrock on a fur­ring sys­tem or direct­ly adhered to the inte­ri­or of the Bau­tex block. Sheetrock is a very cost-effec­tive inte­ri­or fin­ish option. A Bau­tex wall pro­vides a firm sub­strate for installing sheetrock com­pared to installing on wood or steel fram­ing, and it makes a more durable inte­ri­or fin­ish. After using a foam rasp to clean up the joints between blocks, sheetrock may be glued direct­ly to Bau­tex Block using Wind-lock® Foam2Foam® con­struc­tion adhe­sive, or sim­i­lar. Sheets can be tem­porar­i­ly sup­port­ed while the adhe­sive sets, by dri­ving sev­er­al 2” or 21÷2” sheetrock screws at a 45-degree angle through the sheetrock and into the Bau­tex Block. After the adhe­sive sets, remove the screws and fin­ish the wall to design spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

For projects such as Austin Region­al Clinic’s new Cedar Park med­ical office, dura­bil­i­ty is key. A beau­ti­ful option is stan­dard inte­ri­or plas­ter or Plas­ter­Max™, a very durable and abuse-resis­tant plas­ter dis­trib­uted by Bau­tex.