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The Pros and Cons of a Brick Exterior

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Choosing a brick exterior, whether you are purchasing a new home or looking to remodel your current home, is a great option for many homeowners.

Brick is a gorgeous option for siding, and nothing attracts positive attention to your home like a classic beautiful brick exterior. Choosing a brick exterior, whether you are purchasing a new home or looking to remodel your current home, is a great option for many homeowners. What can a brick exterior do for you? Are there any disadvantages to a brick exterior?

Low Maintenance for the Lazy

If you are lazy (or just not too enthusiastic about performing annual maintenance on the exterior of your home), brick siding is a fantastic choice for you. It can last for a very long time without much maintenance at all. A brick exterior can also withstand many different types of weather well without much damage. Unlike wood or vinyl siding, you won’t need to touch up the paint or regularly power wash off your siding. Instead, you only need to perform the most basic of maintenance tasks every season to keep your brick exterior looking brand new.

Countless Options and Strengths

If you are creative and want to showcase your design perspective on the inside and outside of your home, brick can help you do so. Brick is available in a large variety of colors and it is very durable and long lasting. Brick, unlike many siding materials, is actually load bearing so it will do a much better job of protecting your home and increasing its structural integrity. Brick siding also offers extra protection against fire, as it does an excellent job of withstanding heat. If you live in a noisy neighborhood (or have band practice next door every night), a brick exterior is a wonderful way to keep sounds outside or inside of your home.

Damage Can Be Difficult

While brick exterior has many advantages, it isn’t perfect. One of the biggest potential issues with brick siding is how to repair any damage (if and when it occurs). Unlike traditional siding that can be easy to repair or replace, brick siding repairs aren’t as easy as taking an individual piece or portion out and fixing it. If your brick exterior is part of a wall system, you probably won’t be able to remove an individual brick to make repairs. Instead, you will have to remove entire portions of the wall.

Avoid Decay

The other disadvantage of brick exterior is avoiding decay over time. Like wood siding, brick is made from organic material. As a result, it’s very important that moisture doesn’t seep into your siding. Over time, moisture will cause your brick exterior to decay by crumbling and becoming coarse and brittle.

Redo Your Home With a Beautiful Brick Exterior

Whether you are looking for the perfect home for your family or looking to create your ideal home from scratch, Thomas Builders has over 25 years of experience in new home construction and the expertise to bring your dreams to life. We offer 10 ready to build models in addition to custom services at an affordable price. For more information, contact us online or give us a call at (301) 863-5550. If you want to see some examples of our beautiful work, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.

 

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