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%.
Brick Walls Make Homes Sell Faster and for More Money
A survey of Realtors showed, all things being equal except for the cladding, brick homes sell faster. On average nationally homes built with brick sell for 10% more than similarly built homes cladded with other materials. Typically, this 10% average higher selling price more than covers any additional initial increase in cost.
Brick Walls are Sustainable
Building or buying a home is a good time to make sustainable choices, and brick is a good one. Brick is made of clay and/or shale; both are abundant natural products. Brick has an estimated lifespan of 100 years or more and it minimizes CO2 emissions by using less energy for heating and cooling year after year.
Brick Walls Keep Outside Noises Outside
Brick is actually a component within a wall system. Part of that same system is a nominal 1” air space directly behind the brick and in front of everything else. This column of air, along with the mass of the brick, works to insulate your home from outside noise. A leaf blower at 90 decibels (considered very loud) right outside the wall, for example, would be approximately 37 decibels (considered faint) on the inside.