A few words from the boss lady.
Why Brick is Better.
Why brick is a better choice for exterior wall covering than other traditional siding options.
You are finally ready to start building your new home. You’ve looked at a thousand house plans and photos but you are still not sure which exterior material will bring your personal vision to life. There are so many options to consider– brick, stone, siding, stucco… it’s easy to get lost in it all.
I am a general contractor in Kentucky and have been building homes for seven years. I have built spec homes and custom homes at various price points. Choosing an exterior finish for your home is one of the very first decisions you must make when building. Today I will help you consider the options and explain why I believe brick is the better choice.
The first thing to consider is aesthetic. It is important to define your style early in the building process so that your overall design will flow throughout the home. Hiring a designer to help with this process can be priceless because it gives you someone to define your style and guide you to achieve your goals.
Here are a few examples of on-trend exterior styles:
Traditional- classic red brick
modern farmhouse- white brick with black accents
country cottage- white brick with red brick skirt or porch
Coastal- white brick with pastel accents
If you do not know your design style, try searching these terms and see which characteristics jump out at you the most.
One of the things I love about brick is that it comes in so many color options, it can fit into any exterior design style.
If you like a more traditional look then a classic red brick may be a great fit for you. If you prefer a modern farmhouse look, a white brick with black windows and wood accents might be the perfect fit. If you like a country cottage try using a white brick for the walls but add character and charm by adding a red brick foundation skirt or porch. If coastal is your dream, try using a white brick and mixing it with pastel colored siding and shutters.
The second thing to consider when choosing an exterior finish is climate. It is immensely important to think about what kind of weather and elements your home will be exposed to over the years. You want your home to stand the test of time.
One of the reasons you see so many structures built with brick is because brick is such a strong material. It is strong enough to hold up to winds and flying debris in the event of a tornado or wind storm. In fact, according to wonderopolis.com, brick laid in a traditional pattern with cement mortar can last for hundreds, if not thousands of years with little to no maintenance.
Which brings me to my next point– brick is virtually maintenance free. It is made of clay which is a natural material from the earth. Once the clay is mixed and formed into a brick, it is baked at over a thousand degrees fahrenheit until the brick is very hard, even stronger than concrete. Over time brick does not break, rot, or need to be painted. Brick will not be eaten by termites or other insects. Once your home is bricked you will be able to enjoy its natural beauty for years to come.
The final thing to consider when choosing your exterior finish is cost. Brick is not the cheapest option but the value is unmatched. If you choose a less expensive option like vinyl siding, you are risking damage from natural weather events and taking on the commitment of maintenance with cleaning the entire house every year.
Even the more expensive option of James Hardie cement siding is susceptible to damage from winds and debris, and has only proven to last up to fifty years with proper install and regular maintenance. It is hard to put a price on peace of mind that your home will withstand the test of time without repeat cleanings or repainting every few years.
In conclusion, brick is the best exterior finish for residential buildings. It is strong, stylish and maintenance-free. Brick companies are now offering a wide variety of colors so there is a brick for every occasion. Whether you are building a modern condo in the city or a rustic retreat on a lake, there is always a perfect brick option.