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Exterior siding is one of the most important decisions homeowners face when building new or remodeling an existing home. With so many options — both classic and modern materials — there’s a lot to consider.
Many modern manufacturers are using traditional styles, delivering a product that homeowners can love for years to come. Among the options on the market, brick provides the most durable, affordable and low maintenance product in the industry.
These are some key areas homeowners should account for when determining which siding options meet your needs: durability, design, maintenance, affordability and safety.
|Based on a 2,100 s/f Heated Home||Monthly Payment||Monthly Savings|
|Homeowner increase in loan payment for $7,000 cost of adding brick 30 years @ 4% interest rate||$33.42||-|
|Energy Savings of 8% on a $300 Light Bill||-||$24.00|
|Insurance Savings up to 11% on a $68.00 monthly Insurance Premium||-||$7.48|
|Cost of Using Brick after Savings||$1.94||-|
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Each wall assembly was built with 2x4 studs on 16" center and covered with 1/2" thick wood sheathing and exterior tar paper with fiberglass insulation placed between the studs. The interior walls were covered with drywall and then painted.
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Brick Walls Manage Moisture
Of the 8 types of wall systems that make up 90% of all residential wall systems measured in a NAHB study, the multilayered approach of a brick wall system performed the best at managing moisture and helping prevent mold and mildew. The nominal 1” air space allows moisture to quickly evaporate or drain down through the gravity to the flashing and escape through the weep hole.
Brick Walls are a Natural Insulator
Brick walls are slow to lose or absorb heat – which means you heater and air conditioner don’t have to work as hard to keep the inside of your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer. According to the National Home Energy Rating System (HERS) – an industry measure used to qualify homes for ENERGY STAR® ratings – brick homes are among the most energy efficient. Typical savings on your energy bill with brick are 8 to 10%.