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The Benefits of a Brick Home

By Mary Lamphere

While you may pay more to have a home built using brick exterior versus vinyl siding or wood framing, there are a number of benefits to having a home built out of brick. Brick exteriors offer long-term savings over cheaper materials and tend to hold up to weather and the test of time when they are maintained appropriately. By investing in a brick home, you may just realize that the added building and construction costs are well worth it.

Reduced Heating & Cooling Costs

Brick homes tend to cost less to heat and to cool. When a brick home is insulated properly, the insulation acts as a barrier to outside heat or cold temperatures from inclement weather while the bricks stabilize the temperatures inside through delayed passage of heat through the wall. The result is a home that stays cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

Low Maintenance

Brick homes have minimal maintenance requirements and upkeep is relatively minute. They do have to have proper drainage in order to prevent moisture from building up on the bricks and causing mold but otherwise, a brick home holds up much better than a standard painted wall. Instead of having to paint the home every 7-10 years, the owner of a brick home simply must hose the walls down occasional to clean away dirt and debris. This ease of maintenance is also much more affordable than expensive and time consuming painting projects.

Damage Resistant

Brick homes are resistant to damage from termites, fire and inclement weather. This doesn't mean that a brick home cannot be damaged by these elements, but brick homes do withstand these risks more effectively than a wood framed or vinyl sided home. Termites are less likely to invade bricks and fire is less likely to burn a brick home to the ground. The damage resistance of a brick home can also be another money saver to the homeowner in terms of reduced insurance rates.

Value

Brick homes maintain their value more so than any other type of home construction. Because brick homes are more weather sturdy, resistant to termites and fire damage, have low maintenance and cost less to heat and cool, future homeowners are likely to see this value and to pay more for the home when resold than they may for a standard construction home. Brick also increases curb appeal which is another major value and selling point should you decide to sell your home later on.

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