With over a month spent on how different types of siding affect construction in Minneapolis, as well as the value of your home, you would think that we were just about finished. The fact of the matter: We are. From the wonders of composite siding to the issues regarding vinyl, we have talked about every type of exterior wall there is… except one. We have saved the most distinctive siding material to the very end, the one which people instantly look at for some great aesthetic appeal. Of course, we refer to brick and masonry.
Some Wonderful Benefits
The very first thing people notice about brick is its look. Brick has a most distinct aesthetic which is appealing to a wide number of people. There’s just something about red brick which makes a house instantly appealing. But brick has more advantages than just visual appeal. Brick is also quite strong. It is actually the strongest of the siding materials, to be exact. It is fireproof, moisture-proof, and requires no painting. In short, you put it down, you mortar properly, and you never have to touch it again. Brick is also quite effective at holding back temperatures of all kinds, meaning that your home will be toasty warm in the frigid Minnesota winters. From a construction in Minneapolis aspect, brick is a quality material in that it supports the weight of a house most easily, making it easy to work with.
A Few Troubling Deficiencies
Brick is not perfect, however. For starters, you cannot replace siding with it unless you want to get rid of the whole wall. Couple that with the fact that you need an expert mason rather than a standard contractor and you are looking at some hefty installation prices. In addition, it might support the ceiling well enough, but it also puts a lot of strain on your foundation.
But the real problems when it comes to building with brick are in the substance itself. Brick is a porous material unlike wood, composite, or even vinyl. This means that not only does it allow radon inside the house in greater quantities, but it is also susceptible to damage from vines and moisture. Mold can start growing which you need to periodically check for. Replacing damaged bricks also entail the replacement of that entire section of wall, once again making it costly.
Count on Coty
But the appeal of brick is understandable and everybody loves it. It is timeless, easy to work with, and a great option for construction in Minneapolis. If you want to find out more information on bricklaying and how to take care of it, feel free to contact Coty Construction or check out our eBook, which should have all the information you are looking for.