Solid Masonry VS. Brick Veneer

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You are looking to do some renovations to your home! Perhaps its spring and you’re ready to spruce things up, or you’re looking to sell and wanting to increase your curb appeal. No matter what your reason, we’re here to help. Let’s discuss all things Brick! 

Let’s start with your options, there are two very different types of brick houses: brick veneer and solid masonry.

Solid Masonry

Solid masonry construction is also called ‘Solid Brick’, ‘Double Brick’, and sometimes ‘Brick and Block’. Commonly a solid masonry wall consists of an outer layer of brick and an inner layer of brick (a layer of brick is called a ‘wythe’).

The reason why solid masonry is a more accurate description than solid brick or double brick is because the inner wythe may not be brick. Because the inner wythe will never be seen, saving on cost, concrete or cinder block is often used instead of brick.

The higher the brick wall, the likely hood that the inner wythe will separate from the outer wythe becomes high. To hold the two wythe’s together, header bricks are installed, usually every six rows. Aesthetically, header bricks look like regular bricks just a little shorter. However, they are the same size as a normal brick, however they are installed sideways so that the end of the brick is visible from the exterior of the building. The header bricks act as a bridge between the outer wythe and the inner wythe and prevent the two from separating.


Why Go With Solid Masonry Wall?

Structurally, these are extremely solid, as masonry walls are very strong and can, if properly maintained, provide hundreds of years of service with little to no maintenance. Can you think of another product that can produce that type of efficiency?

What is Brick Veneer?

Did you know that the biggest difference between the two is that with solid masonry, the brick is holding up the house. With brick veneer, its backwards, the house is holding up the brick!

When we say brick veneer, we don’t mean those little thin slices that you glue on your kitchen wall. We mean an honest to goodness brick. However, the wall is only one wythe thick. Behind the brick veneer is a wood frame wall which is actually holding up the house. Its very simple to explain, and even more simple to install!

The brick veneer is, in effect, siding!


At the end of the day, choosing between the two comes down to what are you trying to achieve? If it is curb appeal you are after, we would recommend a brick veneer option. This would be cost effective for you,  and add that amazing brick look to your home. 


Are you interested in getting brick veneer for your home? Shopping for quotes? Trust The Roof Hospital Exteriors for the most amazing brick veneer job you’ve ever seen. 

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