Brick vs. Fiber Cement
Fiber Cement Siding: Beyond the Initial Appeal
While fiber cement siding may seem like a good option at first glance, it lacks the proven history and durability of brick. Unlike brick, fiber cement siding requires yearly maintenance, including joint inspections and repairs. Additionally, some brands boast a "50-year warranty" that excludes damage from mold and mildew, raising questions about its long-term performance. Furthermore, fiber cement siding needs to be painted and protected from moisture. Repairs like patching chips and dents can be challenging due to potential mismatch with the original grain and the need for silica dust protection during sanding or sawing.
Build for generations: Choose clay brick for long-lasting beauty, security, and sustainability.
Don't Be Fooled by Fiber Cement's Claims
While fiber cement boasts fire resistance, its wood pulp content limits its rating compared to brick's superior performance. Further, fiber cement proves vulnerable to impact, pierced by a 2x4 at just 25 mph, far from the hurricane-resistant standard of brick.
Fiber cement siding, while often a newer addition to homes, can still experience color fading. This is due to several factors such as UV radiation, water absorption, improper installation, low-quality materials, and harsh weather conditions. Clay brick's exceptional strength and composition allow it to withstand all of these factors with ease.
Brick: Your Lifetime Investment
Beyond the initial price, brick's durability and minimal maintenance save time and money on repairs throughout its centuries-long lifespan. Compared to fiber cement, brick's overall cost-effectiveness is clear, encompassing initial investment, maintenance, and energy bills. Choose brick and build for generations.
Comprehensive and Up-to-Date Insights into Brick's Enduring Performance Benefits
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Find Your Brick Professional
BIA members manufacture brick, distribute clay brick, or provide products and services to the industry. Since many manufacturers and distributors have more than one location, you can find one near you.