Technically, brick veneer is standard full thickness brick attatched
as siding to a lumber (stick) framed houe, or a concrete block or ICF
building for looks and protection that does not serve a structural
role. This is in contrast to a solid brick or double brick
What you guys are talking about is brick FACING - One major supplier
is Glen -Gery Brick. Then there is the synthetic brick facing - like
On Monday, December 10, 2012 4:50:27 PM UTC-5, TomR wrote:
Thanks a lot for your reply TomR
Here are links to some pictures I took today (front and the side)
Thanks a lot for the suggesting about the vinyl siding. I am kind of relief now thinking there is another option rather than the brick because for some reason the brick idea scares me because it needs a lot of work and I am not sure if my house can handle that. Any feedback/suggestions would be very much appreciated.
Thanks once again
On Thu, 13 Dec 2012 13:25:50 -0800 (PST), leza wang
it is small > house but not very tiny. it is 1.5 stories, 2 bed rooms 2 small >
bathrooms. > > the veneer bricks are coming off, is some spots i can see the
wood. i > will try to take pictures and post them here. i want to replace them >
with something high quality that can last, that is why i thought > about real
bricks. > > it is fully detached house. > thanks once again. I think if you are
able to provide a couple of phots, that would probably help in terms of people
giving suggestions etc. But, even without the photos, my guess is that the
suggestions about changing to vinyl siding may turn out to be your best option
-- and a lot less expensive than brick.
thinking there is another option rather than the brick because for some reason
the brick idea scares me because it needs a lot of work and I am not sure if my
house can handle that. Any feedback/suggestions would be very much appreciated.
Nasty cheap-assed job somebody did on that one. The brick facing was
very poorly applied to the Aspenite sheathing. The window job doesn't
look too inspiring either - was there a fake stone sill glued in there
too???. It DEFINITELY needs some help!!!
Thanks for posting the photos. I think that helps a lot.
It does look to me like the best, easiest, and probably least expensive
option would be to have the existing brick/brickface removed and install
vinyl siding. And, it looks like it is just the front of the house that
needs that, so the job shouldn't be too big or too expensive. My guess is
that some type of tan or light brown color vinyl siding will go with the
foundation brick colors, the wood siding color on the side of the house, and
the white railings. They should be able to trim in out around the window
and on the vertical corners of the house in a way that will look nice. It
also looks like that will go well with the house next door which appears to
have either vinyl or aluminum siding.
Maybe you could post some before and after pictures whenever you do get
around to doing whatever you decide to do.
On Friday, December 14, 2012 11:27:41 AM UTC-5, TomR wrote:
Thanks TomR for you reply and help.
I was thinking to replace the wood siding as well. because when it rain the water go through the siding and end inside through the kitchen window. So i was thinking if I will change the front then I will change all sides as well (sides and the back). Do you think that is good idea?
Also I have another question if i may, which is better vinyl or aluminum siding? thanks a lot once again.
On Fri, 14 Dec 2012 18:07:03 -0800 (PST), leza wang
water go through the siding and end inside through the kitchen window. So i was
thinking if I will change the front then I will change all sides as well (sides
and the back). Do you think that is good idea?
Good vinyl is better tha crappy aluminum - and good aluminum is
better than crappy vinyl. Any aluminum will be more expensive than any
On Dec 14, 10:19 pm, email@example.com wrote:
aluminum costs a lot more, can dent if hit by say a ball, and
interferes with cell phone service inside your home. it acts like a
farady shield, a metal enclosure..
yeah do all the siding at the same time, it will look great. end
A reasonable hypothesis, experimentally disproved.
Both floors of my two-story house have aluminum siding.
Yet my cellphone and my GPS work fine on any floor.
I haven't tried the GPS in the cellar, but the cellphone works down
there. (And I am not close to any cell tower.)
The WiFi in my Macbook can detect several others from inside my house.
signal strength depends on lots of non obvious things.......
cell companies can and do tune antennas to favor certain areas.
so 2 identical homes with identical siding may have great or no cell
Yes, I think that doing new siding all around would be good too. You may
want to check and see why water is leaking in through the window(s) first.
It may be because the window(s) weren't installed correctly or there could
be some other gap or source that is causing the leak(s). If it is easy
enough to correct the leak(s) without replacing the wood siding, and if you
otherwise like the wood siding, then you could fix the leaks and leave the
wood and save some money. But, again, doing new siding all around would be
I don't know which is "better", but I see lots of properties being
completely rehabbed in the area where I live Southern New Jersey, and
whenever they do new siding just about all I see them doing these days is
vinyl. But, an easy way to get a good idea of what your options are and
what the various costs might be would be to have a couple of contractors
come out and see what you have and give you some suggestions and prices for
the various options.
You could also just look around your neighborhood and nearby neighborhoods
and see what others have and what kinds of new siding they are using.
I forgot to add that if you are doing new siding anyway -- either just the
front or on the whole house -- you may want to check into the possibility of
also installing new windows at the same time.
Of course, that's easy for me to say since I won't be paying for it and you
will. But, if you are already making the investment, it is a lot easier to
replace the windows when the siding is being done than sometime later on.
Just a thought.
On Saturday, December 15, 2012 3:08:03 PM UTC-5, TomR wrote:
thanks a lot, i appreciate your thought and I actually thought about it and i
will do it. i have been told to upgrade windows first and then the siding. i
will do that once i find good and trusted contractor to do that.
thanks a lot once again.
good idea to use real brick? One contractor told me they usually dig 1-3 feet
and put concrete blocks and then they put bricks on top of this until the cover
all the sides and front. Do you think that might collapse?
Because it is too heavy. Something BELOW it has to support the weight.
Siding and "fake brick" are light enough for adhesive or fasteners to
have the walls hold it up. Real brick is too heavy for that. But
digging a hole and putting in blocks or additional foundation to support
the brick might work. I understand the principle but I don't know the
exact numbers. Ask an architect or a mason.
is an older home. and by the way the size is 15f X 13f (still not sure if i
measure that right but it is smaller house)
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