Klinker Hydrophobise - that must be?

Again and again, the question arises whether to hydrobulate a clinker façade. Whether this is actually needed, and in which cases a hydrophobic can be useful, you will find out in detail in this post.


Hydrophobing means making surfaces water-repellent. A previously absorbent surface is coated in such a way that it repels water. The word "hydrophobic" means "avoiding water".

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Treatment of clinker necessary?

Clinkers are very hard-fired and often glazed stones. For this reason, they are by nature completely impermeable to water. After all, clinker brick facades themselves provide weather protection for the facade.

Sensible waterproofing

However, some do recommend water repellent treatment, especially in the following cases:

  • already slight damage or hairline cracks
  • existing slight frost damage
  • Water-absorbing ("absorbent ") bricks

In individual cases, bricks can be slightly absorbent. Over time and through the aging process, the water absorption capacity also increases slightly. As a rule, however, bricks that absorb water are of inferior quality

KS facing brick

Make absolutely sure that your facade is actually a clinker brick facade! There are also white facing bricks made of sand-lime brick (KS) - these facing bricks are not clinker and are highly absorbent. They are usually hydrophobicized at the factory, but the treatment should be repeated at regular intervals.

Impregnation for renovations

If clinker facades are being renovated, the renovating companies often recommend impregnating the renovated facade. At least the "weather side " of the house should then be impregnated in any case.

The reason is that damage has already occurred that must be removed during the renovation. A hydrophobic treatment is actually often useful here.

Tips & Tricks It is best to contact a specialist company to have the water repellent applied. Some systems can also be used by yourself, but a professional assessment of the facade before applying permanent sealants is always advisable.