Brick is the oldest manufactured building material. Over many centuries, brick architecture has become synonymous with quality, stability, durability and distinction. Simply put, brick makes a strong first impression.
Brick is generally considered to be maintenance-free. It doesn't rot, dent or need to be painted. Therefore, when installed properly, brick structures remain in good repair for many generations.
Energy efficiency is another benefit. Brick absorbs and releases heat slowly, which helps to regulate temperatures inside of a structure. In fact, according to the Brick Industry Association, brick reduces heat gain and heat loss by almost 50% as compared to other wall systems in residential construction.
Furthermore, brick is weather and fire resistant. A brick wall is able to withstand the strong impacts of flying debris in a storm. Because bricks are noncombustible, they can provide a buffer to the spread of fire. As a result of these safety features, many insurance companies offer lower insurance rates for buildings with brick exteriors.
Brick is thick and dense, which makes it a great material for noise reduction. Buildings along busy traffic areas are often brick, which allows the occupants to enjoy freedom from the commotion on the other side of the wall.
Finally, with abundant natural color and texture options, brick offers distinctive aesthetic appeal. Brick buildings have a timeless appearance, enabling them to weather the changing fads of the decades. For this reason, brick homeowners often see an increase in resale value simply because of the curb-appeal of their home. Likewise, adding brick accents on the interior of buildings gives a unique character to living spaces.
Conventional Brick is connected to structural framing through wall ties, or anchors, and a layer of mortar is applied between each brick. There is a vast array of color and texture options when choosing both brick and mortar.
Thin Brick is a lighter weight alternative to conventional brick. Because concrete footings and wall anchors are often not necessary, the look of conventional brick can be achieved in a more cost-effective way. Thin brick offers more design flexibility, as well, with options of using a specialized mortar or using a dry stack (or motarless) technique.
Contact us! We are always happy to answer any questions you may have about how brick can work for your next building project.
Check out our portfolio for photos of completed projects or inspiration for your next project.
Hebron Brick Supply is our brick supplier.
The Brick Industry Association provides many resources and in-depth information about brick.