Brick Siding Costs
Brick siding is an excellent investment, making it a number one choice across the country. However, choosing the right type of brick will determine the cost you pay, as well as the value you enjoy later on. Unfortunately, some builders believe the size of brick has nothing to do with cost, which is not true. After all, masons purchase bricks not by the brick but by the size of the brick, as well as shape.
Now, keep in mind that when buying large volumes of bricks, this rule may not apply but overall, it is a good guideline. The key when choosing bricks for your home or business is to price them per square foot. If you were to price bricks by quantity, you would likely pay more. Of course, a good architect, builder, contractor, or mason can help provide assistance when it comes time to buy bricks.
Remember, brick siding will last a lifetime so you want to purchase quality, which does not automatically equate to high cost. Even so, it would be worth the investment to pay the most you can, knowing you will always recoup your costs and then some if you were ever to sell. Typically, the higher, grade brick also means a better protective barrier around your home so again, shop wisely while buying quality.
Additionally, different bricks are sized and shaped uniquely, which changes the cost. Therefore, the dollar value allowance used for bricks used in construction is generally not used. However, if you find a mason who chooses this method, request that pricing be based on current prices only. In addition, dollar allowances should only be applied to size and not shape in this particular case. Now, to give you an idea of how brick size changes cost, consider the following information:
- Standard Brick (3.58 x 2.25 x 6-inches) - $6.55 per two foot of wall space
- Jumbo Brick (3.58 x 2.75 x 8-inches) - $5.50 per two foot of wall space
- Norman Brick (3.58 x 2.25 x 11.58-inches) - $4.57 per two foot of wall space
- Atlas Brick (3.58 x 3.5 x 15.58-inches) - $2.25 per two foot of wall space
As you can see, the size of the brick spread over a two-foot area makes a huge difference in cost. The larger the brick the less you pay. Therefore, when getting ready to have brick siding installed on your home, while you might initially think of going with smaller bricks, it could be worthwhile to move up to a larger size brick. Again, a qualified and reputable mason or contractor can make suggestions to help. The bottom line is that with brick being such an exceptional choice for siding, you will love the way it looks, the protection it provides and the savings over time.