Debunking Actual Cost of Brick Homes - Pro Masonry Guide

Debunking Actual Cost of Brick Homes

Debunking actual cost of brick homes and common misperceptions of  building a brick home versus competing exteriors.

RSMeans, North America’s leading supplier of construction cost information, developed “The Installed Cost of Residential Siding” study for the Brick Industry Association (BIA).The October 2015 study compares RSMean’s estimated construction cost of homes with brick veneer over wood framing with stone veneer, fiber cement, wood siding, wood shingles, vinyl siding and cement stucco in major metro areas throughout the U.S.

Nationally, RSMeans estimates that the average total construction costs of brick wall cladding is just 8 percent more than vinyl siding, 1 to 3 percent more than stucco and wood siding and 4 to 6 percent more than wood shingle and fiber cement siding. Moreover, brick is estimated at 13 to 15 percent less than comparable homes with stone veneer. In 11 of 17 major, selected U.S. markets, brick’s cost is not only less expensive than stone in every single market, it is also less expensive than wood siding.

Shown is a single-family residence in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., an entrant in the Brick Industry Association’s 2016 Brick in Architecture Awards, Residential – Single-Family category. Photo by Jeff McEntire

Shown is a single-family residence in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., an entrant in the Brick Industry Association’s 2016 Brick in Architecture Awards, Residential – Single-Family category. Photo by Jeff McEntire

“The initial cost of brick homes is quite competitive, especially since most homes require less exterior cladding than people think,” said Ray Leonhard, BIA’s president and CEO. “An average 2,700- square-foot two-story house only needs 2,265 square feet of cladding material when accounting for windows, doors, etc.”

Leonhard said the unparalleled benefits of brick more than offset the relatively small increase in the initial cost of a new a brick home, including little to no maintenance with no painting required; extreme durability with some 100-year manufacturer warranties; better fire and wind safety; non-fading color and reduced exterior noise with improved energy savings.

The metropolitan areas shown here include Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Dallas, Texas; Denver; Detroit, Michigan; Houston, Texas; Indianapolis; Jacksonville, Fla.; Kansas City, Mo.; Louisville, Ky; Minneapolis; the New York City suburbs; Nashville, Tenn.; Raleigh, N.C.; and the Washington, D.C., suburbs.

Founded in 1934, BIA at www.gobrick.com is the nationally recognized authority on clay brick construction representing the nation’s distributors and manufacturers of clay brick and suppliers of related products.

Premier Image: Shown in the premier image is Baylor Surgical Hospital at Fort Worth, located in Fort Worth, Texas, and Best in Class in the Brick Industry Association’s 2016 Brick in Architecture Awards, Health Care Facilities category. Photo by Peter Calvin


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