When you are building a new house, one of the first decisions you might have to make is what you want the exterior to look like. One of the most popular choices is brick veneer. Twin Cities homeowners and builders are coming to realize more and more that brick veneer is both durable, budget-friendly and lovely to look at. If you are looking into brick veneer for your house, here are a few things you should know about solid brick vs brick veneer.
The first thing you should understand is the difference between brick and brick veneer. The main difference is that with solid brick masonry, the brick is what holds up the house. With brick veneer the opposite holds true: it is attached to the exterior walls of the house so the house is what is holding up the brick veneer.
One of the many perks of brick veneer, besides its looks and how easy it is to install, is that it can help insulate your house. After the exterior walls are built and covered with the sheathing, they are usually then insulated before the brick veneer is installed. Brick veneer also helps keep moisture out of a house, which is great news for those concerned about mold and mildew problems.
One of the best parts about brick veneer is that it can be installed at a later date. You do not have to have it installed during the initial construction process. So if you have your house built and then you can decide at a later date to have brick veneer put on the exterior walls, it is easy to make this happen.
Brick veneer is generally more affordable than solid brick, so it is a great choice for those who have a strict budget. It is also great for builders since it only requires a simple foundation and support system. Brick veneer is also long-lasting and fireproof so it should last you for many years to come.
Finally, it is difficult for most people to tell the difference between solid brick and brick veneer. You can get the same lovely and classic look of brick without the sometimes hefty price tag associated with it.
Would you like more information about brick veneer in the Twin Cities or any of the surrounding areas? Call Cascade Stone at 651-774-9657, or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate or Stone Sample.