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Brick Siding Prices
Brick siding, with its unique combination of beauty, strength, and durability, is in a class of its own. The only downside to brick siding is price, which, due to the high level of skill required for proper installation, is considerably higher than other materials. But thanks to the advent of brick veneer siding, it's possible for homeowners to get the look and feel of real brick without the high installation costs. To learn more about brick siding and how much it costs to install, continue reading.
The Benefits of Brick Siding
As any child who has read the Three Little Pigs can attest to, brick is a superior home siding material. Made from fired clay and held together by mortar, a mixture of cement, water, and lime, and sand, brick siding is head and shoulders above not only straw and wood, but also other siding materials, for reasons that include the following.
- Strength: While you may not have to worry about the Big Bad Wolf trying to blow down your house, Mother Nature dishes out plenty of punishment through wind, hail, precipitation, fire, extreme temperatures, and other weather events. No matter how much huffing and puffing, or raining and snowing and freezing, goes on outside, your home will be protected by brick siding.
- Durability: It's not uncommon for brick siding to last 100 years or more and in many cases; brick endures for the life of the building. As far as maintaining brick, very little upkeep is required for the first 25 years beyond exterior washing. After that, it's important to ensure that the mortar between bricks is maintained to prevent moisture penetration.
- Insulation: Although it's not one of the primary reasons why homeowners choose brick, the insulating properties of the material are not to be overlooked. Installing a layer of brick on the exterior of your home protects it against extreme temperatures as well as outside noise.
- Value: Despite having high installation costs, brick delivers long-term value to homeowners in the form of lower energy bills, improved curb appeal, and a five to ten percent increase in home value. And don't forget that if you want to reduce your initial investment, brick veneer siding, usually made from a thin layer of real brick or composite concrete, is a lower cost option. With brick veneer, however, there is a tradeoff, as you will lose out on some of the strength and insulation of real brick.
Brick Siding Average Costs
The actual cost of brick siding may vary depending on your location, the complexity of the installation, and other factors.
- Real brick siding costs $6 to $15 per square foot installed. For a home with 1,500 exterior square feet, that's a total cost of approximately $9,000 to $22,500.
- Brick veneer siding costs $5 to $10 per square foot (total brick veneer siding cost for 1,500 square feet: roughly $7,500 to $15,000).
- Repairing brick siding might cost $15 to $25 per square foot.
- Removing and disposing of existing siding, if not included in the initial estimate, might cost an additional $1 to $3 per square foot.