Adding brick siding to your house offers a lot of benefits, including a high-end polished appearance and better insulation. Brick siding, also known as brick veneer, differs from a solid brick home because the brick is held up by the house as opposed to the bricks holding up the house. It is increasingly common to see homes with brick veneer or brick siding as opposed to solid brick masonry or double brick homes. Brick siding still offers many of the same benefits offered by solid brick masonry.
Other materials used for home siding include:
-Cedar shingle siding
-Wood clapboard siding
-Fiber cement siding
While brick siding costs more than the materials listed above, brick provides greater strength, durability and curb appeal. Here are some benefits of adding brick siding to your home.
1. Adds Value to Your Home
Adding brick exterior to your home is more costly than other options, but it pays off in terms of increasing your home’s value. According to Siding Helper, brick exterior can increase home values by as much as 6%. People view brick as a higher end material, therefore brick siding drives up home prices based on perceived value.
2. Brick Siding Requires Little Maintenance
Newly installed brick siding requires little to no maintenance other than the occasional cleaning. Quality brick that is properly installed should last a long time before you notice signs of cracked or crumbly mortar or other signs repairs are necessary. The moment you notice any changes in your bricks, it’s important to call out a professional to take care of repairs. If brick repairs are taken care of right away, bricks should remain low maintenance and very durable.
Additionally, brick is highly resistant to termites and decay, and does not require paint so you don’t need to add regular touch ups.
3. Resistant to Fire
Brick is highly resistant to fire, which might help reduce your insurance premiums.
4. Better Insulation
A solid brick home does not offer better insulation than a wood-framed home, but adding brick siding is a different story, as it adds another layer of protection to your home. In other words, brick veneer is a better insulator than solid brick masonry. That’s because brick veneer traps air between bricks and the wall it’s attached to. It also offers the chance to add more insulation to stud cavities in your home’s original framework, which could reduce your utility bill each month.
Traditional insulated siding operates different than brick siding. When you combine brick exterior with insulation, you get better regulation of heat and cold. Lightweight materials release heat much faster, while brick releases heat slowly. Therefore, it must be hot or cold for several days before the inside of your home starts to feel the effects. This helps keep your home cooler during the day and warmer at night.
5. Brick Siding Complements a Wide Variety of Styles
Brick exterior looks great on a wide variety of home styles. Plus, there are many different shades of brick out there, allowing you to pick the color/tone that best suits your home style.
Quality bricks paired with solid construction make all the difference. For instance, if a water-resistant surface is not placed over your home’s original framework or weep holes are not installed, there’s risk of moisture building up in between the two walls, leading to damage.
You can trust Turnbull Masonry to get the job done right the first time around, after all we are Toronto’s leading experts when it comes to anything masonry related. Contact us today to get a free quote!