Why Choose Brick?

Clay brick requires virtually no maintenance, saves energy, reduces insurance costs, increases resale values, absorbs exterior noise and is the safest wall cladding for your home, providing better protection from fire, wind and hail. Clay brick provides superior protection for your family and home, and does so with a timeless style of unmatched beauty and quality. Why choose brick? Simply put, because it’s the best!  

Affordability and Cost Comparisons

No other material provides as much aesthetic, protective and long-lasting value as genuine clay brick. Whether it is a starter home or a suburban school, RS Means® data confirms that brick costs less than one may think.  With so much going for it, cladding should be viewed as an investment rather than a cost. What Does Brick Cost?

Residential Costs

Read about an updated study comparing the installed cost of clay brick to six common home exteriors shows.  Brick costs about half as much as manufactured stone and just a third more than fiber cement before considering fiber cement's lifetime maintenance costs. And considering how little cladding factors into the cost of a new house, brick is the superlative value!
 

Non-Residential Costs

Learn how the construction costs of various brick buildings compare to building with five common exteriors.  Brick with CMU (and certainly brick with steel stud) costs less than precast concrete, metal panel curtain wall and glass panel curtain wall systems. 

Protection

"The Three Little Pigs” were right: Brick provides superior shelter in ways other cladding materials can’t match in terms of durability, fire protection, protection from wind-borne debris and more. Other products - like fiber cement -- may talk a big game, but no material delivers like brick in so many different types of severe weather events. How does brick protect?

Storm & Wind Protection

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A Shelter from the Storm study conducted in September 2004 shows that homes built with brick offer dramatically more protection from wind-blown debris than homes built with vinyl or fiber cement siding. In fact, the tests found that homes made with brick exceed the 34 mph impact resistance requirement for high velocity hurricane zones in the Florida building code. Brick also exceeds Florida’s impact resistance requirements for essential facilities in hurricane areas. The other products? Not even close!

Fire Protection

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The primary ingredient in brick is clay that is fired to around 2,000 degrees F, which is why brick is classified as a non-combustible material. Moreover, both the National Institute of Standards and Technology and BIA conducted separate fire tests that conclusively demonstrate that nothing outperforms good old-fashioned brick in a one-hour fire test. Vinyl and fiber cement? See for yourself.

Superior Moisture Control

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According to a nationally renowned, independent building - products research laboratory, brick veneer wall assemblies control moisture better than wall systems clad with other exterior materials. Therefore, brick veneer wall systems help minimize mold growth, wood rot and infestation by insects, and corrosion of fasteners embedded in wood better than other wall assemblies. 

Sustainability

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Unlike fake materials that are engineered and altered to look like something they're not, brick is made from some of Earth’s most abundant and natural materials. Brick is also 100% recyclable as it can be either salvaged, crushed brick for sub-base materials or chipped brick for permanent landscaping mulch.

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Brick is one of the few materials that building codes allow to be reused in a building application when it meets the ASTM standard for clay brick. Consequently, salvaged bricks are in high demand and represent a vibrant market. It is easy to see why brick makes such a compelling case for sustainability.  

Aesthetics

Many of the most beautiful buildings and streetscapes have been clad with fired clay brick – some of them were created before the United States became an independent nation. Because of brick's incredible longevity, flexibility and permanent color, it looks just as great on historic colonial structures as it does on sleek, contemporary office buildings.

Clay pavers are another type of clay brick that have been used in the United States since colonial times. Many of the clay pavers on Boston's Beacon Hill have been in place for 200 years.  Learn more about brick aesthetics.

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