No other material can match the classic beauty and elegance that brick adds to your home!
Beyond an awesome look, brick offers a combo of great advantages not found in any other siding material.
The world’s most beautiful and most practical homes are built with brick – from the Kensington Palace, which has served as a royal apartment complex since the late 17th century, to gorgeous celebrity estates such as the aged red brick 1937 Georgian Revival residence purchased a few years ago by a filmmaker in Philadelphia.
Brick adds lasting value to your home
The average homeowner lives in their home for approximately 5 to 7 years. Hence, when it comes to selling time, brick will enhance the resale value of your home by an average of 6 percent.
If you take a quick look at the Sunday’s real estate section of your local newspaper, you’ll notice in the home listings segment how sellers always list brick as a key selling point. Brick’s attractiveness and practicality are always a huge plus when it comes to reselling your home.
Brick is virtually maintenance free
Brick is one of the oldest building materials in the world. One of the major reasons why it has retained such popularity is the ease of upkeep.
Brick does not rot, dent, tear, need regular painting, nor will it ever be eaten by termites. However, other products, such as stucco, are less durable and require a lot more maintenance. But, brick homes that were built hundreds of years ago are still standing today!
Brick is energy efficient
Brick has an exceptional “thermal mass” property. Thermal mass refers to the ability of a heavy, dense material to store heat and then release it slowly.
What does “thermal mass” mean to you? It means that brick keeps your home cool in the summer and warm and cozy during the winter.
During the summer months your brick home will stay cool during the hottest part of the day. In the winter months the brick walls store your home’s heat and radiate it back inside the home.
Other exterior materials such as vinyl, wood and stucco are all thin materials that don’t have good thermal mass properties.
Brick helps reduce your homeowner’s insurance costs
Because a brick home is fire, pest and weather resistant, insurance companies may even offer a discounted rate on your home insurance costs. Be sure to contact your agent and inquire about your savings.
Brick offers you many color options
If you love making color selections for interiors, you’ll love selecting the brick color for your home!
As a natural building material, brick is made from a mix of sand, clay, and water. Color additives are sprinkled on top and baked into the face of the brick .Some brick are “flashed” by intense heat in the kiln to add even more color variations to each brick. Brick are regularly tested for absorption, density, and compressive strength. All brick made in the Unites States must meet American Society of Testing Materials standards before they can leave the yard.
We’re able to produce so many different brick color options by using a bit of creativity. We can form a variety of colors, effects, textures and even finish options by adding sand, limestone or other natural coatings to the mix. In addition, the brick color also changes when combined with the color varieties of the mortar. You can use the same brick with a different color mortar to create a whole new look.
So why use brick?
Brick’s superior thermal mass qualities have been notorious for centuries, and for this reason brick continues to be the material of choice for the savvy homebuyer. Brick adds more than lasting value and energy efficiency benefits to your home – it adds beauty and timeless elegance. Special techniques applied can produce some great looking brick. And your color choices in brick are only limited by your imagination!