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Brick Siding Cost

Brick Siding Cost

National average
$15,000 - $17,350
(full brick siding installation on a 1,500 sq.ft. home)
Low: $1,235 - $10,000

(thin brick veneer partial installation, 125 sq. ft.)

High: $20,000 - $22,500

(full installation, sealing, old siding removal)

Cost to install bricksiding varies greatly by region (and even by zip code).
Get free estimates from siding contractors in your city.

The average cost of installing brick siding is $14,800 - $19,000​.

In this guide

Pros and cons
Solid masonry vs. brick siding
Weather-resistive barrier
Types
Types of installation
Labor
Brick vs other types of siding
Enhancement and improvement costs
Additional considerations and costs
FAQ

How much does it cost to install brick siding?

Brick siding is essentially a veneer 1 installed on the outside of a house. The bricks are usually held together with mortar 2 (a mixture of lime, sand, and water) or Portland cement. Brick siding is not a structural component of the house, but its timeless design aesthetic, ease of maintenance, and durability make it a popular choice among homeowners.

The total cost of installing brick siding depends on the size of the project, the condition of the house, and the materials you choose. To install brick siding on an average 1,500 sq.ft. house in the USA, it will cost you around $14,800 - $19,900.

Pros and cons

One of the biggest advantages of brick siding is that it is very versatile. It is available in a wide range of styles, textures, and colors, can be used as a complement to other siding materials, and is suitable for both interior and exterior applications. Brick siding is also highly durable and will last for the lifetime of the house under normal conditions. It is resistant to fire, termites, and rot. Compared to traditional brick masonry, brick siding is lighter, easier to handle, and less expensive.

However, brick siding is not without its share of cons. In addition to being more expensive than other siding materials, such as vinyl 3 or fiber cement 4, the installation costs for brick veneer are also higher because it has to be installed by a skilled and experienced mason.

Solid masonry vs. brick siding

Brick houses can be of two types, namely solid masonry and brick siding. Solid masonry construction, also known as solid brick or double-brick construction, usually consists of two layers of brick–an outer layer and an inner layer. Sometimes, concrete blocks may also be used instead of brick to build the inner layer. These layers are part of the building’s structural support system.

Brick siding or brick veneer gives the same appearance of solid masonry, but only the outer layer is made of brick. Behind the brick siding, you will find a steel or wood frame structure that is holding up the entire house. The brick veneer is attached to the house with metal ties, but does not bear any structural load.

Solid masonryBrick siding
Structurally strongerEasier to install

Walls are poorly insulated

May allow moisture to penetrate

The air cavity between the brick siding and the wood frame provides efficient insulation and helps keep moisture out
Walls are heavy
Need substantial foundation systems

Lighter

Needs a simple foundation and support system


Weather-resistive barrier

Brick is porous and will let moisture seep in easily. However, brick also dries quickly to the outside, except when the sun is beating down on the water-laden brick. In this case, the heat from the sun will push the moisture into the space behind the brick. If a weather-resistive barrier such as building paper or high-quality housewrap ($165 for a 9 ft. x 150 ft. roll) is not installed between the brick veneer 1 and the wall sheathing, the wall can get damaged.

Types

There are four types of brick siding: traditional brick siding, interlocking brick siding, flat tile brick siding, and panel brick siding. When it comes to price, traditional brick ($3.50 per sq.ft.) and thin brick ($7-$8 per sq.ft.) fall in the lower range, while panel brick siding is generally the most expensive option at around $23 per sq.ft.

Traditional brick siding uses full-sized bricks that are laid using mortar 2 and tied to the house frame with metal anchors. It gives the appearance of solid brick construction, but does not play a structural role.

Interlocking brick tiles have an overlapping system that eliminates the need for mortar. It is the easiest brick siding to install and can be used for both horizontal and vertical siding.

Flat tile brick siding or thin brick siding may look and feel like real brick, but is much thinner (between ⅝ and ¾ of an inch). Tile brick siding installation is similar to ceramic tile installation. The bricks are glued to the wall surface using mortar and the spaces between the bricks are filled in with mortar later to look like real mortar joints. It can be used for interior or exterior applications.

Panel brick siding consists of larger blocks of brick made from synthetic materials. They look like bricks, but are much lighter. Construction adhesive is used to bind blocks of panel brick siding together during installation.

Types of installation

Brick siding can be used for full exterior coverage of the house, or as an accent with other siding materials. Installing brick siding over the entire exterior of the house offers several advantages, such as ensuring that all areas have the increased durability, longevity, and strength of brick. Brick siding also offers good returns on your investment and increases the value of your home. A full exterior brick siding installation on a 1,500 sq. ft. home will cost $17,350 on an average.

Some homeowners may choose to install brick siding only on one side of the house, which is known as a partial installation. The other parts of the house may have some other siding such as vinyl 3. This can help the homeowner save some money because brick is generally more expensive. A partial brick siding installation on a 125 sq. ft. exterior area will cost around $1,235.

Brick siding can be installed in two ways: mortar and mortarless.

Brick siding using mortar is a time-intensive project that requires masonry knowledge and expertise. The mortar is usually mixed in small batches to avoid waste and weak bonds. The weather plays an important role here because mortar can become thick very fast when the temperature is high, giving you much less time to use it. To start, mortar is mixed to the right consistency and applied to the installation surface using a trowel and spread thinly. Pressure is applied to the mixture to make sure the bond is strong. The mortar is then scored horizontally with a notched trowel to create the scratch coat. Mortar is applied on the back of each brick or piece of veneer and then pressed into the scratch coat and checked with a level to make sure it is correctly aligned.

Mortarless brick veneer is installed using clips, fasteners 5, or interlocking panels to attach the veneer to the substrate. Unlike mortar-applied veneer, mortarless veneer does not require specialized equipment and can be installed using common tools such as a hammer or a drill. This may be one reason why some homeowners choose to install mortarless veneer on their own. Mortarless veneer installation also does not depend on weather conditions. While each manufacturer may have their own set of instructions for installation, mortarless veneer installation usually starts with a starter ledge that is installed at the base of the wall with screws or anchors. This acts as a support for the brick siding. A level is used to ensure that each new row of brick is properly aligned before fastening it to the previous row with clips or fasteners.

Labor

Traditional brick siding installation involves laying full-size bricks on a ledge built into the concrete foundation wall or concrete footing 6 with at least an inch of space between the veneer and the house frame. The frame behind the siding is covered with sheathing and building paper or house wrap. Weep holes are installed every 18 to 24 inches to protect against water damage. Flashing 7 is added to allow water to escape. The bricklayer should make sure that this drainage system is not blocked by falling mortar. As the wall goes up, the bricks are attached to the studs in the wall with metal ties.

While bricklaying may seem like something you can do on your own, it is not recommended. Brick installation is a time-consuming project that requires knowledge, expertise, and access to specialized equipment and tools. If not installed properly, the wall can tilt to one side or fall down. Bricklayers or masons will charge between $14.75 and $39.62 per hour for installing brick veneer.

Brick vs other types of siding

Siding, whether it is brick, vinyl, or stucco 8, protects the home from weather and temperature changes and adds color and appeal. Here is a quick comparison of the different types of siding materials available on the market today.

TypeProsCons

Vinyl

($1-$4/sq.ft.)

Requires less maintenance

Lasts for 20-30 years

Very affordable

Can be easily installed

Available in many colors and design choices

Not environmentally friendly

May need to use costlier extra-long siding to reduce the number of seams

Aluminum

($3.50-$4.75/sq.ft.)

Can last for up to 50 years with proper maintenance

Durable

Affordable

Thick aluminum siding can provide added insulation

Heavy

Not easy to install and r

Fiber cement

($4-$10/sq.ft.)

Can mimic brick, wood, or stucco at a lower cost

Contracts and expands easily

Suitable for regions with extreme temperature changes or high humidity

Durable

Heavy

Not easy to install and requires specialized skills

Stucco

($6-$9/sq.ft.)

Energy efficient

Fire resistant

Can last up to 50 years with proper care

Acts as sound barrier

Not suitable for areas with high humidity

Wood

($7-$10/sq.ft.)

Can last for up to 100 years with proper care

Natural appearance

Requires regular maintenance

Expensive

Brick

($8-$10/sq.ft.)

Very durable

Can last for up to 100 years with proper maintenance

Classic design aesthetics

Energy efficient

Costlier than other siding options

Stone

($10-$36 per sq.ft.)

Offers more color options than brick

Usually used as an accent in combination with another siding material

Manufactured stone veneers are cheaper and easy to maintain

Resistant to mold and mildew

Natural stone veneer is expensive and difficult to install


Enhancement and improvement costs

Removal and disposal of old siding

The cost of removal and disposal of old siding can add an additional 5% to the total project expenses. You can ask your contractor to include the removal charges as a separate line item in the estimation to know clearly how much it is going to cost you.

Reinforced foundation

It is possible to add brick siding to an existing house. To do so, you will need to support the brick veneer with a new concrete block wall ($6-$8 per linear ft.) built upon well-drained earth. This new foundation will transfer the weight of the brick to the footer. You may need to thru-bolt a heavy-duty angle iron to the old foundation. There should be at least an inch of air space between the old and the new veneers. The brick should be attached to studs in the existing wall with corrosion-resistant metal anchors and the old siding should be covered with building paper. Flashing and weep holes should be installed at all points of support to protect against water damage.

Additional considerations and costs

  • It is not recommended to install brick siding on your own because it is a job for skilled and experienced professionals. However, if you would like to install brick siding on your own, make sure the water-resistive barrier is installed properly and is in good condition. Always start at the bottom and then work your way up. You can use caulk the same color as the brick to cover up gaps around doors or window frames and minimize the appearance of seams and holes.
  • Many manufacturers recommend sealing your veneer after installation to protect the surface. Always check the manufacturer's instructions to see if you need to seal your veneer. One gallon of sealant costs $35-$75 and will cover 150-225 sq.ft.
  • Get at least 3-5 estimates before hiring a brick siding contractor to make sure you are making the right choice.
  • Thin brick veneers are often used for fireplace refacing. If the existing fireplace surround is in good shape, you may be able to install the veneer directly over it. If not, you will have to disassemble the fireplace to reach the drywall behind it. The total cost of this project will depend on the materials you choose and the size of the area you need to cover. For example, some fireplaces may have a small mantel and surround, while others may run from floor to ceiling. On an average, fireplace refacing with brick could cost you as little as $400 to as much as $1,000.

FAQ

  • Is a brick home better than siding?

Solid brick homes are structurally stronger. However, brick siding provides better insulation and is easy to install.

  • What is brick siding?

Brick siding or brick veneer is a freestanding brick wall installed outside the wood frame of the building. It gives the appearance of solid brick construction but has no structural properties.

  • How much does it cost to replace vinyl siding with brick?

For an average house (about 1,500 sq.ft.), brick siding installation will cost you between $14,800 and $19,900. The removal and disposal of the old siding will add an additional 5% to the total project cost.

  • Is brick a good insulator?

Brick is a strong insulator. Its thermal mass allows it to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

  • Is brick siding expensive?

Brick siding is more expensive than other siding materials such as vinyl or aluminum and will cost $8-$10 per sq.ft. for materials alone.

  • How much does brick cost?

Brick siding is one of the more expensive siding options and can cost between $8-$10 per sq.ft.

  • How much more expensive is brick than vinyl siding?

Brick siding is more expensive than vinyl siding and costs $8-$10 per sq.ft. for materials alone. Vinyl siding is less costly at $1-$4 per sq.ft. for materials.

  • Is brick or stone more expensive?

At $10-$36 per sq.ft., stone is a more expensive siding option compared to brick. Brick siding costs $8-$10 per sq.ft. for materials.

  • How much does stone siding cost?

Stone siding is one of the more expensive siding options at $10-$36 per sq.ft. for materials. Natural stone falls in the higher price range, while faux stone and manufactured stone cost less.

  • What is the best siding material?

All siding materials have pros and cons that make them a better choice for certain types of projects. For example, stucco siding is not recommended for areas with high humidity, while aluminum siding can get damaged in severe weather conditions. Similarly, some types of siding are better-suited for some architectural styles more than others.

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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
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1 Veneer: A thin layer of decorative finishing applied to a coarser construction material
glossary term picture Mortar 2 Mortar: A mixture of Portland cement or lime or a combination of both, sand, and water used to bind bricks, stones, and concrete masonry units together
glossary term picture Vinyl 3 Vinyl: A synthetic plastic made from ethylene and chlorine. Vinyl has many applications in the construction industry and it is widely used in sidings, window frames, roofing and gutters, among others
glossary term picture Fiber Cement 4 Fiber cement: A building material made with cellulose fiber, concrete, and recycled materials such as glass
5 Fasteners: Hardware used to attach two or more objects to each other. A common example is a nail
glossary term picture Footing 6 Footing: A support for the foundation of a house that also helps prevent settling. It is typically made of concrete reinforced with rebar, but can also be made of masonry or brick. It is usually built under a heavier part of the house like a wall or column, to distribute the weight of the house over a larger area.
glossary term picture Flashing 7 Flashing: Pieces of sheet metal used on roofs to cover joints, such as where the roof meets the wall, or around a chimney or skylight, to protect them and prevent water leaking through
glossary term picture Stucco 8 Stucco: A type of durable plaster finish made of aggregates, a binder, and water (traditionally Portland cement, sand, and water) used on masonry, walls, ceilings, and decorative moldings

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Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Abingdon, VA
-26%
Athens, GA
-9%
Avondale, PA
+18%
Baton Rouge, LA
+19%
Belleville, KS
+22%
Boise, ID
-11%
Broken Arrow, OK
-17%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Canyon, TX
-24%
Charleston, SC
-1%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chesapeake, VA
-6%
Chesterfield, VA
+1%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cincinnati, OH
+6%
Claremore, OK
-30%
Clinton, OH
-7%
Columbia, SC
-10%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Corpus Christi, TX
+4%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Denver, CO
+1%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Dinwiddie, VA
-26%
East China, MI
+1%
Fremont, CA
+35%
Gilbert, AZ
-2%
Glen Ellyn, IL
+42%
Greensboro, NC
-9%
Helotes, TX
-5%
Holton, IN
-20%
Houston, TX
+24%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Iselin, NJ
+39%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Jonesville, MI
-32%
Katy, TX
+63%
Lake City, SC
-21%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Lehi, UT
-25%
Leland, NC
-8%
Lincoln, NE
-13%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Lynbrook, NY
+31%
Memphis, TN
+11%
Miami, FL
+1%
Middletown, NY
-4%
Milwaukee, WI
+12%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Nashville, TN
+21%
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