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Brick Isn’t All That Its Cracked Up To Be

Posted on October 24, 2013

Over the years people have seen many problems arise from using brick masonry. Now there is a simple solution.

This article will talk about the different reasons why brick doesn’t stand up to the test of time and climate. The main reason people still use brick is because of traditional usage and the psychological familiarity. Unfortunately, using brick is the most inefficient method there is because of its time consuming process and the lack of structural integrity. They have been incorporated within many modern designs but they still have too many drawbacks.

Bad Brick SeamLow Quality ProductUsing brick may look great but it requires a lot of complicated steps before installation and maintenance. The main problem with using brick is the drainage of moisture. Without proper drainage throughout the right outlets the life of the brick will decrease, requiring an expensive repair process.

Pictures of a broken chimney come to mind when observing the disadvantages of brick. There are dozens of brick chimneys that have not survived the test of time due to simple problems that arise with brick. There are many issues in climates where freezing may occur because freezing of water can cause the moisture trapped within the area of the brick to expand and start cracking the brick. The best way to avoid this is by using brick veneer panels.

Another problem that arises is the heat expansion of the bricks. If the builder hasn’t accounted for heat expansion then a major problem could arise in the future summers to come. Heat can cause the bricks to expand beyond a point that would cause them to crack and fall out of place.

It happens commonly, if they have not been aligned with the correct formula. Saving time and money is always important in any construction job but never at the cost of the project or else the client will have to pay twice. The most important thing that hasn't been recognized in the construction industry is the fact that without using the best materials projects will be over budget and over time. Crews could save countless hours by using the panels.

Best Brick Options

Posted on August 30, 2013

Great Alternative to Using Natural Brick.

Nobody can forget the classic design of brick. Brick has been used for centuries and it always gives the impression of traditional themes. Many houses use brick columns or walls in their home to give it a unique and cozy look. Many businesses also use brick in their spaces. Brick is a common way to create a traditional yet rustic look. For example, when someone walks into a pizza shop in Miami, Florida and they see classic brick design in the entrance and around the brick oven they feel as if they stepped into a Brooklyn, New York Pizzeria.

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Unfortunately, brick has many limitations and it is expensive to install. The material cost is not only high but also the labor cost of installing it is exorbitant. In addition, brick  forms mildew over time which has to be maintained for the correct look.  The list of problems with real brick are extensive and I could bore you with the scientific details but I will save you the time and research since I already did the leg work. So what do we do if we don’t want to lose the great appeal that brick has but we don’t want the trouble that comes with it.

Well the best option is to use faux brick because it is durable, easy to install and more cost-time effective. Imitation brick has all of the benefits and none of the disadvantages associated with brick. It gives the appearance of real brick without any of the drawbacks. Imagine that blank old looking wall in dire need of some attention thankfully, veneer brick is extremely user friendly and quick to install.

Great faux brick installation

Great faux brick installation

Whether it is a restaurant or a home, polyurethane is the answer to creating that brick look you wanted without the headache.  There are various styles of imitation brick so that way there is no end to what they can be matched with. So when looking to redecorate don't worry you can still get that great brick look without all the disadvantages of brick.