As an exterior home/building covering, brick siding dates back Colonial America. To this day, it is still one of the most popular types of exterior coverings for the home. It is also one of the more traditional looks.
There are two different ways to install brick siding. The traditional way is as a masonry method. This involves using full bricks built around the existing walls of the house. The other way to apply brick siding is as a veneer. Thin layers of bricks are applied to the exterior of the home much like other types of siding. Brick veneer does not bear any weight of the house. Brick walls are much more expensive than the brick veneer.
Pros of Brick:
- Brick is a very durable material.
- Low maintenance compared to other siding types.
- Brick can last a lifetime.
- It will not mold, rot, or dent.
- Drastic change in temperatures does not affect the brick like it will affect other siding materials.
- Does not need to be repainted or retreated.
- Is eco-friendly. This is because it is made from clay and shale.
- Fire-resistant material. Brick is noncombustible, and it can help slow the spread of fire.
Cons of Brick:
- Brick can be very expensive. Not only is the material expensive, but so is the labor to install it.
- There are limited color options. Brick can be painted, but this can be difficult.
- Bricks are highly durable, but the mortar that holds them together can degrade.
- There can be moisture problems with full brick installation.
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