I live in a "plastic" house. It cleans well, relatively few problems.
There were a few place where the vinyl buckled probably due to not
nailing in the slots to allow for expansion/contraction. Vinyl will
fade over time. It's better than wood, but I'd rather have brick.
Brick is the worse veneer material of all. Most masons do a lousy job and
if not flashed properly brick will be nothing but problems. Plus most use
the cheapest ties, wrong nails, and don't anchor the brick to the studs.
He didn't say veneer. Not cheap, but you can build a wall from brick. That
would be my first choice if $$ were not a consideration. In some areas of
the country, brick was the most common type of house built. Every house I
lived in in Philly was brick. I work in an old mill building that was built
from brick about 1930. There is some beautiful work and artistry in it.
Today, I'd build a house from concrete using ICF's. (Insulating Concrete
Forms) Rugged, energy efficient, quiet, and can be finished in many ways.
www.integraspec.com or www.polysteel.com
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