What is Brick Veneer Siding?
Brick veneer siding, also known as thin brick siding, is a type of siding that uses thin slices of brick to cover the exterior of a building. Unlike solid brick construction, which uses full-sized bricks to form a load-bearing structure, brick veneer is applied over a layer of sheathing or insulation and is not intended to support the weight of the building. The thin bricks used for veneer siding are typically ½ to 1 inch thick and can be made from a variety of materials, including clay, concrete, and even recycled materials. The bricks are installed using mortar, just like traditional brick construction, and can be laid in a variety of patterns to achieve different looks.
Benefits of Brick Veneer Siding
- Durability: Brick veneer is a durable siding option that can last for decades with proper installation and maintenance. It is resistant to fire, insects, and weathering, making it a low-maintenance and long-lasting option.
- Aesthetic appeal: Brick veneer siding has a classic and timeless look that can add a touch of elegance and sophistication to any home or building. It comes in a variety of colors and textures, allowing for customization and flexibility in design.
- Energy efficiency: Brick veneer siding can provide insulation benefits and help regulate the temperature inside a building, which can lead to lower energy bills and greater comfort for occupants.
- Versatility: Brick veneer can be used in a variety of applications, including residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. It can be applied over a range of materials, such as wood, concrete, and metal, making it a versatile option for any project.
- Cost-effective: Brick veneer siding is often more cost-effective than solid brick construction, while still offering the aesthetic appeal and durability of brick.
Brick Veneer Siding Installation Process
- Preparation: The area where the brick veneer will be installed is prepared by cleaning the surface, ensuring it is level and free of debris, and installing a moisture barrier to prevent water infiltration.
- Installation of the metal lath: A metal lath is installed over the moisture barrier, which serves as a base for the mortar to adhere to.
- Mortar application: A layer of mortar is applied to the metal lath in small sections. The bricks are then laid into the mortar and spaced evenly.
- Cutting and fitting: The bricks may need to be cut to fit around windows, doors, or other obstacles. A masonry saw or chisel is used to cut the bricks to size.
- Pointing: After the mortar has dried, a second layer of mortar, known as the pointing or joint, is applied to the gaps between the bricks.
- Sealing: Once the mortar has cured, the brick veneer is sealed to protect it from moisture and weathering.
How much does brick siding cost?
On average, brick siding can cost between $6 to $15 per square foot, but the price can vary widely depending on the type of brick, the size of the project, the location, and the complexity of the installation. We offer siding financing on all our projects so you can enjoy your new brick siding today while you make affordable monthly payments.
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