Brick Siding Repair
Although brick siding is one of the strongest and most durable of all options, just as with other types of siding, damage can occur. As you will discover in this article, some ways of keeping your brick siding in excellent condition has to do with maintenance and proper installation while others focus on tips for specific problems. For instance, we will talk about some of the maintenance items you can do to ensure you brick siding stays looking beautiful while protecting your home.
First, under the first course of bricks being installed under sills and window/door heads for veneer, continuous flashing must be used. A common mistake is asphalt felt being used, which is a big no-no. In addition, the flashing should always extend to the outside face on the masonry wall. Another helpful maintenance/installation tip is to use the self-adhesive type of bitumen. You also want to create what are called "weep holes" at 24 inches on the center.
Additionally, it is imperative that a one-inch minimum be maintained for air space going from the back portion of the brick veneer and the sheathing. This way, the wall will drain properly. Then, use only grade "SW" brick, which is an excellent choice for regions around the country regardless of climate. If you choose brick veneer over standard brick, we recommend "N" type mortar unless the manufacturer suggests you use "S".
In addition to maintenance/installation issues, we wanted to touch on some specific repair issues. For instance, with brick, it is common over time to notice a white powdery substance, which is known as efflorescence. Keep in mind that brick is comprised of various elements to include clay and salt. What happens is that when it rains or snows and water goes through the masonry, these salts are pulled to the exterior of the brick. Then as the water evaporates, the residue is the white powdery substance.
You will also find that brick can become stained over time. The best option is to mix a mild to moderate laundry detergent with warm water in a bucket. Then use a medium bristle brush to scrub the stained area. When done, simply rinse off with water and the stain should be gone. Of course, if you have brick veneer siding, you may want to check with the manufacturer to determine if a special product would be better.
Typically, brick needs little repair and when damage does occur, fixing it is usually not difficult. For this reason, brick siding has become one of the most popular and best choices you can make. Brick is also an affordable material that will definitely boost the overall value of your home.