Full brick is well known for its decorative and functional attributes it provides for internal and external wall surface applications for residential, commercial and community uses. This product is recognized as one of the most popular building materials worldwide that has been used for centuries. Even though full brick has many benefits and advantages over other types of structural materials, it’s the cost of full size brick that forces many consumers to choose a more cost affective alternate, which is brick veneer.
Brick veneer will add beautiful character to any application; offering style, elegance and sophistication, as there is a large selection of brick veneer colors, textures and brick style to choose from. And that is true for the inside and outside of your home. Interior veneer brick will completely transform your home as will exterior veneer.
Brick veneers are produced as a thinner brick product which is usually less then half the size of normal brick sizes. Because of less materials required during the manufacturing process, the costs of brick veneer is much cheaper than the regular full brick units. There are many wonderful brick deigns, patterns, sizes and textures that are man made to have the same appeal as traditional brick. These types of veneers can be featured on any type of wall surface or sidings for new applications and for the purpose of remodeling or renovating.
So when you compare the costs between the two, most consumers prefer brick veneer as they are just as affective in respects to their beautiful appearance, their durability and hard wearing attributes as to full brick components.
Brick veneer can be manufactured and produced from natural material such as clay or they can be produced from raw materials which is a mixture made of Portland cement, light weight aggregates and color oxide to create a variety of different textures. Some consumers may prefer clay brick veneer over man made products as they prefer the look and natural textures of clay which are more in the scale of earthy tones and reddish tones.
For those consumers and home owners who prefer an unusual brick veneer color, the selection is quiet large, as the colors range from light shades, to medium textures and darker brick textures. The flexibility in choosing a color from man made products, will suit any individual and articulate preference.
Both types of materials have a slimmer and sleeker profile which makes them much lighter in weight. The other advantages is they require less installation time and less labor therefore the installation costs by a hired tradesmen will also be much cheaper. Both types of materials can be utilized as an entire structural facing or a partial facing for new constructions or for renovating the outside of your home.
The benefits of using brick veneers as a structural facing is they can provide the inside of your home or office with cooler temperatures in summer and keep your home warmer in winter because the actual brick veneer acts as a barrier and will not allow outdoor climatic penetration. Other attributes are they can tolerate wind conditions, they are weather tolerant and for the safety of your family, and are fire resistant. There are even mortarless brick veneers available.
The definition of brick veneer products is a thin surface material that is designed to be applied on solid wall surface structures to create a new wall surface dimension that has the same natural appeal to real brick. Traditional dimensions of full size bricks are approximately 4 inches wide and 8 inches long, whereas the slimmer version is defined as a quarter in thickness but still with the same length.
The weight of veneer recommended by the Uniform Building Code should weigh less then 15 pounds per square foot. Brick veneers do not require footings or foundations as the chosen wall structure is the support base that is required. Make sure the existing wall that has been intended to highlight as a feature wall is structurally stable.