Seaton Acme BrickLESLIE SEATON
Technical Services, Acme Brick Company

Differential Movement and Expansion Joints in Brick Veneer

Thursday, September 9 @ 4:00pm – 5:30pm

1.5 HSW


An illustrated discussion of the construction and function of brick veneer expansion joints. Thermal and moisture responses of brick and other building materials can lead to differential movement. The difference between concrete masonry control joints and brick expansion joints is emphasized. Examples of cracks and other distress caused by incorrect expansion joint placement clearly illustrate the importance of proper joint placement. We conclude with practical guides and rules for where expansion joints should be placed in brick veneer.


Learn how temperature and moisture changes cause brick and other materials to move at different rates.

Learn why we need expansion joints in brick veneer and control joints in other masonry.

Learn where to place expansion joints for effective crack control, while retaining aesthetic symmetry.

Receive practical guidelines for placing expansion joints in brick veneer.


After 15 years serving our country in the United States Marine Corps, Leslie is the newest Technical Services Engineer at Acme Brick Company. He has earned a Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Houston and is currently working on a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington. Leslie has done extensive training with the Brick Industry Association to become a Certified Brick Specialist.

The technical experience and leadership skills that he developed as a Marine Officer along with his thorough knowledge of the masonry industry make him uniquely qualified to give non-proprietary lunchbox presentations on a number of continuing education topics. Leslie is also available to help with technical questions on all aspects of brick and other masonry topics.