Pros and Cons of Brick Masonry

January 31, 2020 Published by Leave your thoughts

Contractors have used brick in building construction and ground surface installations for centuries. It’s a durable material manufactured in different colors, but the fire temperature during the manufacturing process (which varies from 1650 to 2200 degrees Fahrenheit) determines whether the brick comes out dark brown, dark red or a dull brown. Because bricks are strong, hard and resistant to fire, they are a popular building material for many different structures, including bridges, homes, buildings, streets, walking paths, foundations and flooring. Brick is also used for aesthetic purposes in these structures.

Although there are many benefits of using bricks in Brooklyn, NY, you will be able to make a better decision knowing both its advantages and disadvantages. Here’s an overview of the pros and cons of brick masonry.

Pros of using brick in construction

You can see that brick looks nice. It’s also cost effective, fire resistant and more:

  • Cost: When it comes to clay bricks, the raw material (clay) is plenty available, and therefore relatively affordable. Brick also has lower maintenance costs than other types of building materials, like wood.
  • Fire resistant: Clay bricks are non-combustible, which makes them less susceptible to burning. This resiliency allows brick to better contain a fire in a room and prevent widespread damage.
  • Long lifespan: Compared to wood, bricks lasts longer. They don’t decay and are not susceptible to the destructive tendencies of insects or weather.
  • Saves energy: Bricks used in construction have a good thermal mass, which means they have the ability to regulate temperature. It’s also like a form of insulation, because heat and cold require more time to travel through the thick material. When brick is installed correctly, it can help save you money on your energy bills.
  • Eco-friendly: Bricks made from materials found out in nature—such as shale and clay—are considered an environmentally-friendly building material. If a brick maker used natural gas or another kind of bio-based material in their kilns, then the manufacturing process is eco-friendly as well.

Cons of using brick in construction

There are some disadvantages of using bricks in building or landscape constructions, many of which are caused by age or a lack of maintenance:

  • Labor intensive: Bricks have to be laid one at a time. This can take a lot of time and effort, especially in building construction.
  • Quality and cleanliness: If you need only a small number of bricks for a landscape project, then you can take the time to handpick each brick. You’re better able to inspect each brick for imperfections and choose the coloring you want, unlike buying pre-packed in bulk for massive projects. Another downside of brick is that its surface is hard to clean, though not impossible.
  • Water absorbent: This material is strong and durable, but clay bricks absorb water easily.
  • Mold growth: Because bricks absorb water and have rough surfaces, they are more prone to mold growth. You have to clean brick structures properly and often.

Luisi Building Materials Company, Inc. can tell you more of the benefits of using bricks in Brooklyn, NY. Call us today!

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