Common masonry materials for home exteriors

Common masonry materials for home exteriors

Whether you’re considering remodeling your current home or starting from scratch with new home construction, your options for adding masonry to your exterior are extensive. Not only are these types of home more energy-efficient, they can significantly reduce the need for regular maintenance compared to other types of structures.

A Charlotte masonry contractor works with these materials every day and can help you decide which is right for your home’s foundation and aesthetic. Join Angie’s List to read member reviews and see ratings of more than 325 contractors in your area.

When talking to your masonry contractor, here are five types of masonry for you to consider:

1. Brick: Brick is low maintenance and adds more to the resale value of a home compared to wood or vinyl siding. Brick also provides thermal insulation to a home and is weather resistant. However, keep in mind extreme weather can cause gradual degradation to the material. Where cost is concerned, consider anywhere from $1 to $1.50 per standard sized brick.

2. Stone: Stone decreases maintenance and adds remarkable beauty and elegance to the outside appearance of a home. Be aware that water can accumulate within the stone causing stress on the seams and mortar, and vegetation, such as ivy, can cause damage to the façade. Stone averages between $4 and $7.

3. Stucco: Stucco is very damage resistant, long lasting and available in many colors and styles at a comparatively low cost. Disadvantages of stucco include possible moisture accumulation from the rough surfaces of the material. In addition, the finished look is highly dependent on the skill of the stone mason. Stucco pricing falls anywhere from $4 to $9 per square foot.

4. Veneer: Otherwise known as masonry unit, veneer is basically a decorative wall on the outside of a wooden structure. A disadvantage is that a firm and free standing structure must be available to attach the veneer. Veneer costs about $3 per brick.

5. Concrete: Concrete, especially blocks, can withstand compression forces and is durable. In forming the blocks and with other projects, concrete can be pliable and workable, taking on a variety of shapes and sizes. Blocks can cost from $3 to $5.

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