Masonry Home Improvements

Residing With Brick:

Masonry Home Improvements provide;

I 35% energy savings when brick veneer is added to a wall (Construction Technology Laboratories, Skokie, Illinois)

II 32% decrease in fire insurance rates (Brick Home Building, Vol. 1, No. 2, Reston, Virginia)

III 5% to 10% increase in resale value—based on a study that showed brick homes commanded an average 6% higher resale price than non brick homes in the same neighborhood (independent appraisers, Marshall & Swift, Tidewater, Virginia).

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Here are 10 good reasons to go with masonry.

1. Fire Resistant Masonry components are made from non combustible materials.

2. Weather Resistant Exterior Walls that will hold up to heavy storms, U.V. degradation, blistering heat, and sub-zero temperatures.

3. Termite Resistant Exterior walls made of masonry means there's no wood to eat!

4.Protection from Rotting, Mold & Fungus With no exterior wood on the walls, there is nothing to rot and masonry plays a large role in significantly reducing or eliminating the build-up of fungus and mildew between interior and exterior walls because of the porous materials it is made of. Such problems have been known to contribute to health aliments including chronic fatigue, asthma and throat infections. Clearly, masonry homes are healthier for its inhabitants. Masonry homes are also nearly air-tight, making them allergy resistant as well.

5. Superior Sound Proofing Masonry blocks out noise better than traditional building materials, resulting in a quieter home environment.

6. Virtually Maintenance Free When used in its natural form, masonry provides lasting beauty that requires considerably less maintenance than other building materials.

7. Lower Insurance Premiums Because masonry provides higher levels of security, fire and termite protection, and does a better job of weathering the storm, many insurance companies offer up to 15% discounts on homeowners policies.

8. Lower Utility Bills Concrete block, combined with 'thermal mass' insulation systems, stores more energy, meaning it stays warmer in winter and cooler in summer, reducing electric consumption, therefore lower utility bills.

9. Environmentally-Friendly Environmentally-Friendly "Green" Products - Masonry products are recognized by government programs as a contributor to green building status. In many cases, building within "green built" guidelines results in impact fee, tax breaks and permit fee savings for the homebuilder. Masonry products are earth-friendly because they do not deplete precious natural and limited resources like timber.

10. Increased Resale Appeal There's a widely-held opinion, supported by studies, that masonry homes offer a greater resale value than other forms of construction. Key reasons are the fact that masonry homes are high quality, low maintenance homes.

If brick residing is done properly, it will be hard to imagine that your "new" brick house was ever anything but a brick home. From an engineering standpoint, however, the transformation requires a well thought-out plan. A masonry contractor experienced in remodeling projects is key to the success of the project. In addition to laying the brick, the masonry contractor will decide how to support and anchor the brick, what materials to use and how to detail the brick around the openings. As the main contractor on the job, the masonry contractor may coordinate with the necessary subs to complete the job (i.e., plumbers to extend spigots through the new wall and electricians to install extension rings and wiring on existing electrical boxes).

Technical considerations you will want to discuss with your masonry contractor include:

I Adequate support (shelf angle bolted to existing foundation or added width to concrete foundation)

II Quality materials

III Proper attachment to a sturdy, well-braced backing

IV Proper construction techniques (flashing, weep holes , etc.)

V Finishing details (framing around openings and trim at the top)

Most often, new brick veneer is applied over existing siding, usually wood-frame construction; however, if the old siding is in poor condition or uneven, it must be removed. Removal of existing siding adds to the expense of a brick residing project, but it is one part of the process most do-it-yourselfers can tackle as a cost-saving measure on Masonry Home Improvements.

Once you have decided to proceed with residing your house with brick, you can move on to the fun part—deciding what look you’d like to create with the brick on your home. With over 10,000 different styles and colors of brick available, home design possibilities are infinite. You can achieve a traditional, Old World style with antique molded brick in colors that range from deep red to charcoal and chocolate or go for a Mediterranean-inspired monolithic look with light-colored matching brick and mortar. Regardless of the color or style of brick you choose for residing, be sure to discuss mortar colors with your masonry contractor. Because it makes up 15% of a wall, the mortar can have a dramatic impact on the overall look of your brick residing project.

Finally, be realistic and consistent with the style you choose to create. Because you residing an existing house, not starting from scratch, let the "bones" of your house help you determine the style that’s right for your particular home. For additional curb appeal, you can add architectural details to accentuate the new image of your home. For example, craftsman-style sconces can be added at your entry to play up the 1940s era bungalow style that’s currently surging in popularity. Door knockers, house numbers, mailboxes and fencing can all be used to enhance your home’s new look, and most are simple do-it-yourself weekend projects.

You can also consider more dramatic architectural elements like arches over openings, quoins, planters, a porch or porte cochere created with your new brick. Brick pavers on a patio, walkway or driveway further unify the look—with mortarless installation, another do-it-yourself job. Both face brick and paving brick can be purchased from local brick distributors. You can find one near you in the Yellow Pages or by visiting the Brick Industry Association’s web site at 1. Your professional masonry contractor excavates a small trench around the perimeter of your home to expose the existing foundation. If necessary, your home’s siding can be removed to facilitate installing insulation. 2. "Shelf" footing, on which your new brick veneer will rest, is installed. In just a day or two, depending on the area to be covered, your home is ready for the brick veneer. 3. The required amount of brick is delivered in the color and texture you’ve chosen (there are more than 10,000 available). Your masonry contractor installs the brick according to your brick residing plan. Installation of the brick itself typically required only a day and a half to two days depending on the size of your project of coarse. 

A Brick Face-Lift Can Add Value & Curb Appeal To Your Home

Masonry Home Improvements are some of the most dramatic home renovations you can make to the exterior siding of your home. When you choose residing with brick, your house gets an instant upgrade in appearance, value and energy efficiency.

Because of the magnitude of Masonry Home Improvements, many homeowners may be hesitant to commit to such a dramatic transformation, but those who do get a big pay-off—a "new" house without the hassle of moving. Residing your house with brick can’t make a bungalow into a castle, but it can add classic charm and style to an ordinary wood, vinyl or synthetic stucco home.

Brick re-siding or retrofitting isn’t new—it’s been done for years—but today’s low-interest home improvement loans make residing a house with brick an especially attractive option for those wanting a new look for an old house. Of course, buying a new brick home is always a good investment, but if you are not interested in moving because of schools, neighbors or even sentimental value, residing with brick is a great alternative to buying a new home. In addition to the aesthetic appeal of brick, you can expect the following bottom-line benefits, which virtually pay for the brick residing project:

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Masonry Home Improvements is overall the best rout to take to upgrade your home, you will receive compliments from neighbors, and friends. It can raise the value of the property on your street, or block. When your project is complete and you are ready to do the finishing touch got to How To Clean Brick To learn more about efflorescence, acid, and other cleaning agents and methods. Masonry Home Improvements, make your home stand out in elegance. 

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