Brick is a traditional option made from fired clay. It needs to be supported by the home’s foundation.
— Available in many sizes, colors, and textures
— Won’t rot, burn, or fade, should last a century
— Provides excellent sound and thermal insulation
— May result in lower insurance rates
— No maintenance the first 25 years; then inspect mortar joints
Lightweight aggregates, portland cement, and pigments are cast to imitate brick or stone.
— Less expensive and not as heavy as natural stone or brick
— Wide variety of styles; can be combined with other materials
— Only maintenance required is to check mortar for cracking
— Like natural brick and stone, resists fire, rot, and insects
— Should last the life of the building