For a timeless house exterior that always impresses, brick is the best choice. The cost of good quality brick siding ranges from $12,000 to 22,000, installed on a 2,000 sq.ft. house.
Whether you plan to clad your entire house with brick or combine it with other siding materials, brick will maintain its value over time.
While initially expensive, brick is a highly durable, low maintenance and long-lasting siding that will look stunning for decades. In fact, it can easily last well over 100 years!
If you will ever want to sell your home, prospective buyers will be willing to pay top dollar because your house is brick.
Average cost of bricks
Prices for siding bricks vary greatly based on material quality, type of brick, color, manufacturing process, etc. On average, face brick costs $6 – 10.50 per square foot installed.
Your budget for 1,000 bricks can run as little as $340 to as much as $850. Most people report spending $500-600 for 1,000 solid bricks.
For wall installation, you will need about 7 bricks per square foot. One pallet of bricks contains about 510 pieces.
Extruded brick, that is made through a mold, is the least expensive and most common product. Sand molded and hand made bricks are significantly more costly.
Also, the color of the brick will impact its price. The final color depends on how it was fired.
Those that are fired mechanically in commercial kilns will be the cheapest, but will also have very limited and bland color options. On the other hand, bricks that are fired in beehive kilns by hand (old school), produce some of the richest and unique colors. Thus, they are a lot more expensive.
Different textures may also affect pricing, depending on the method it takes to achieve a specific look.
Pro Tip: it is usually a challenge to match a particular brick color if you need to replace broken or damaged pieces.
We recommend ordering more bricks prior to installation, so you have enough materials of the right color, in case you will needs some extras.
These extras will also come in handy at a later time, years after the initial install, when you will want to replace broken pieces.
Building (structural) brick that is used in construction and has holes to save material and reduce weight, costs $0.55-0.75 cents each.
Thin brick, also known as brick veneer is the most expensive option. Prices average $7-8.5 per square foot.
Its about 0.5 inches thick, and comes in a much wider range of colors than classic full brick. Many homeowners prefer to use brick veneer as as an accent combined with fiber cement or vinyl siding.
Because brick is a specialty material, it will cost more to install, compared to most other types of siding. Experienced contractors charge $25-35/hr to brick a house.
Cladding 1,000 sq.ft. of exterior wall with brick can take about 100 hours, depending on the complexity of the architecture and the experience of the installer. Thus, you would be looking to pay $2,500-3,500 in labor charges for every 1,000 sq.ft. of brick siding.
It is very important to hire a contractor who specializes in masonry work and has many years of experience. This siding material is too expensive of an investment to allow a poor quality, cheap installation to compromise its durability and integrity.
To find the right pro and a good price, get free estimates from your local brick installers.
You should also keep in mind that solid brick CAN NOT be installed over another siding. Thus, you will first need to remove the old siding. This will add another $1,000-3,000 to the total cost, depending on the size of the house and weight of the old siding.
Removing old solid or brick veneer siding is even more costly, $4-6 per square foot (this includes underlayment and drywall).
If you are planning to install brick veneer over existing material, its best to check with your contractor if your house structure can handle the extra weight load. While veneer its much lighter than solid brick, it can still add a significant weight to the walls. In some homes, this can lead to serious structural damage or even collapse, unless appropriate reinforcements are added ahead of time.
Moreover, if you have a two-storie house, your contractor may need to build additional supports to handle the weight load of the solid bricks on the second floor. This will further increase your project cost.
Pro Tip: in case you need to store brick for sometime before installation, make sure to put it in a dry, moisture free place. You should be especially careful to avoid putting it directly on the ground. Doing this can cause staining, as well as moisture infiltration that will compromise brick’s durability.
Where to buy bricks locally
There are a number of stores that have different types of brick readily available. The biggest and most accessible across the US are Lowe’s and Home Depot. Dedicated building materials suppliers will have a wider selection of products available, but they will also be more expensive.
Moreover, its possible to get recycled red brick from old houses, on Ebay, and specialty websites that sell reclaimed building supplies in good condition.
Brick costs at Lowe’s vs Home Depot
If you are looking for the lowest prices on red brick, Lowe’s and Home Depot offer the best deals.
Lowe’s really doesn’t have much of a selection. They sell Oldcastle Clay Brick for $0.72 each. Its got 80% positive reviews, and people who bought it report that it’s light weight, has a beautiful red color, easy to work with, and holds mortar well. One thing to be aware of is that the size of the hollow core in this brick is very large. Therefore, you need to be careful with mortar, otherwise you will be wasting a lot of it as it falls through the holes.
By contrast, Home Depot has a much wider selection of bricks to choose from:
Oldcastle concrete brick with hollow core ideal for building load bearing walls – $1.80 each
Red or grey concrete solid brick for constructing foundations or above-grade masonry walls – $0.50 each
Old Mill Colonial Collection thin brick (natural clay). There are a number of color options available from red to weathered grey. It can be used to clad exterior or interior walls – $56.59 – 60.18 per box. Each box contains 50 brick flats and covers 7.3 sq.ft.
Old Mill Colonial Collection thin brick corners – wide range of colors, can be used for interior and exterior applications – $52.79 – 76.12 per box. Each box contains 25 corner pieces.
Old Mill thin brick corners fastened to fiberglass sheeting. Various colors and easy DIY application – $67.64- 74.86 per box. Covers 5.3 ln.ft.
Old Mill Brickweb Castle Gate thin brick fastened to fiberglass sheeting. Nice red color, fast DIY application – $81.43 per box. Each box contains 5 sheets and covers 8.7 sq.ft. This is one of the highest rated and most popular of all Home Depot brick products.
How much does it cost to brick one wall?
Homeowners that can’t afford to brick their entire house will often use it only on the front facing wall, and a less expensive siding on less visible parts of the house.
The average price of bricking one wall of 1,000 sq.ft. with solid brick is about $4,500-6,000 (includes all materials and labor). Brick veneer for the same size wall would cost $8,000-10,500.
If you are looking to lay brick as an accent around the entry door and/or windows, the cost can be $2,000-4,000
While having only one brick wall eliminates the thermal benefits, weather protection and energy savings, it still adds major curb appeal to your house. This can be a huge bonus if you are planning to sell your home in the near future. Prospective homeowners place a lot of emphasis on the exterior appearance, so your house will be in a winning position.
Price of brick vs other materials
When you compare the cost of various siding materials, its clear that brick is on the more expensive side. In fact, its one of the most expensive house sidings, rivaled only by stucco and stone.
Compared to the cheapest siding, such as vinyl and aluminum, installing brick can cost 40-60% more. However, compared to higher end siding, such as fiber cement (James Hardie), brick costs the same or slightly more.
Similarly, top materials such as natural wood, engineered wood, or stucco cost the same or more than brick. Lastly, stone siding is significantly more expensive, while offering largely similar benefits.
|Siding Material||Price Per Sq.Ft. Installed|
|Brick Face||$6 – 10|
|Brick Veneer||$9.5 – 12|
|Vinyl||$3.5 – 4.75|
|Aluminum||$3.9 – 7|
|Fiber Cement||$6.5 – 9.8|
|Engineered Wood||$7 – 11|
|Cedar Shakes & Shingles||$7 – 10.3|
|Stucco||$7 – 10|
|Stone Veneer||$6 – 11|
|Natural Stone||$15 – 30|
Benefits of brick
Despite the high initial cost, cladding your house with brick has tremendous benefits, unmatched by other siding. Brick provides superior insulation properties, keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Having this insulation will allow you to save at least 20-30% on your heating costs. This adds up to hundreds of dollars in the Northern states during the winter months.
Properly installed brick siding will not require any maintenance, repairs, or repainting. Over the years, mortar that holds the bricks together will actually get stronger. All you need to do is an occasional power wash to make the brick look fresh and clean. This too adds up to thousands of dollars in savings over time.
By comparison, all other types of siding (except for stone) require maintenance, repairs and occasional painting or staining. If you cannot do this job yourself, hiring a contractor every few years becomes an expensive addition to the initial cost of seemingly cheap siding.
It goes without saying the brick is an extremely durable material, rivaled only by stone. Your brick house will be left unscathed by the most severe snow, wind and rain storms, as well as high temperature fluctuations. It is impervious to moisture, rot, decay, and insect infestation. Brick truly is a “forever” material. This is why you can can get reduced house insurance premiums on a brick home, as insurance companies love to see safe and durable building materials.
Lastly, when it comes to curb appeal, aging will not ruin the original appearance of your brick siding. Homes that are over a century old are as grand and beautiful as new construction residencies that were build 3-5 years ago. In fact, most people prefer the look of aged, weathered brick, and many manufacturers produce new products that replicate this timeless look.
Return on investment
Before spending thousands of dollars on a premium building material, savvy homeowners want to know whether they will get a good return on their investment. When it comes to brick, the answer is YES!
On average, brick houses across the US are known to appreciate by a factor of 9.5% compared 3-5% rate of appreciation typical for vinyl siding homes. Its important to note that these estimates can vary greatly depending on your particular area.
A brick home can also sell for 5-6% more than the price you have originally paid. More importantly, buyers simply love brick, so you will have a much easier time selling your home quickly and getting highly competitive offers.
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Leo has been a contractor since 2003, specializing in: roofing, siding, general contracting (GC) and residential remodeling. Leo is also a Certified HVAC, Oil & Gas Heating Technician/Installer. In addition to roofing and remodeling, Leo is passionate about Solar, green building and energy conservation, so a lot of my time and energy goes to installing energy efficient heating and cooling systems.
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How Much Do Bricks Cost?
Are you looking to build a new home or extension and wondering how much to budget for your bricks?
Bricks are usually priced per thousand and can vary in cost ranging from cheap common bricks at £200/1000 through to high end handmade or glazed bricks at £3 each. Although, getting a single price is not always that simple. Brick prices fluctuate and are heavily dependent on external factors such as the supply / demand of bricks within the UK and the availability of raw materials.
While some things you simply can't control - there are many factors that you can, most of which have a large influence your overall cost. Read on to learn about what impacts the cost of bricks and how to accurately price your next masonry project.
What Impacts the Cost of Bricks?
Supply and Demand
While the type of brick you purchase has an impact on the price - more often than not, the cost of bricks will be heavily dictated by consumer supply and demand. For instance, the UK has been experiencing a brick shortage, with some companies waiting for more than 12 months for delivery. This not only slowed down property development but also increased the price of bricks due to the limited supply.
The origins of the brick shortage can be traced back to the 2008 recession, where a decline in the housing market resulted in many small brickworks closing permanently or becoming mothballed. While the industry has since recovered to reasonable levels, the Government's ambitious target of building 300,000 new homes by mid-2020 and implementation of the 'Help-to-Buy' scheme (used to address the UK housing shortage) placed a significant strain on local manufacturers and ultimately put a spotlight on UK brick production. If this has impacted you we may be able to help with our nationwide brick quotation service.
Another contributing factor to the cost is the way that bricks are manufactured. Today, bricks are mass-produced in factories using machines to automate most of the process, including mixing / forming the clay, drying the bricks, and firing / cooling in a kiln. These advances in technology have led to more efficient manufacturing techniques and substantially lowered the cost of bricks. Large manufacturers can produce tens of thousands of bricks each day, making them much more accessible and affordable for end customers. Machine-made bricks (also known as wire-cut) typically start at £400/1000.
However, there is a growing demand for handmade bricks. Handmade bricks are very labour-intensive, and therefore, substantially more expensive to make (they can easily cost up to 4 x times more than machine-made). Using traditional methods, handmade bricks require skilled craftsmen to prepare the clay manually, fill individual moulds, and stack the bricks into a kiln for firing. Handmades have a unique appearance and rich character. They are a good choice when matching bricks to a specific period or when standard-sized bricks can't be used (e.g. an existing structure with imperial sizes).
Type of Brick
The type of brick you need will also impact your overall cost. Common bricks are generally the cheapest, ranging anywhere between £200/1000 to £400/1000. However, they're only suitable for internal structures and not designed for weight-bearing courses. Engineering bricks (Class A or Class B) have high compressive strength and offer protection against water / frost. These bricks are used for foundations and damp courses - not chosen for their looks - and you can expect to pay around from £400 per 1000 bricks.
Facing bricks are the type of brick most people are familiar with. They are used to improve the aesthetics of masonry buildings. There are many types of facing bricks on the market - offered in different colours, textures (e.g. smooth, rough), and materials (e.g. concrete vs. clay). As such, the pricing can vary significantly depending on the type of facing brick you're after. For instance, concrete facing bricks are generally cheaper than clay, and costs vary with the different manufacturing techniques required. Facing brick costs can be anywhere from £400/1000 to £1200/1000 depending on all these factors.
Another consideration is your special-shaped bricks (e.g. plinth or bullnose bricks, for instance). You could potentially have to pay up to £5 per brick for these, as they are specially made. Typically you won't need very many in your projects though.
How to Price Your Masonry Project
Understand the Type of Brick You Need
The first step is to understand what type of brick you will need. Bricks have different technical properties, and, depending on the type of masonry project, certain types of brick are more suitable than others. While you can save money by using common clay bricks when building internal non-load-bearing walls or sourcing cheap bricks for garden walls, you will need to use engineering bricks for any load-bearing structures or if water / frost is a consideration. Facing bricks are what you need for any visible exterior wall.
Consider Design and Aesthetics
Bricks are the main building material used within lots of homes. Therefore, you want to make sure the brick you select matches with the look and feel that you're trying to accomplish. If you're adding an extension, you won't have as much flexibility and will most likely need to match your bricks to the existing structure. For a new build, however, you will want to think about the size, colour, and texture of your bricks as it will heavily influence the aesthetics of your property.
Calculate the Required Number of Bricks
Once you've determined the type of brick and any design considerations, you will then need to calculate the number of bricks you need. You don't want to order more than is necessary. You also don't want to come up short as this can result in project delays and lead to additional cost. When calculating the quantity, make sure you take into account the thickness of your wall and factor in wastage. For help, use our guide on calculating how many bricks you need.
Consider Waiting Times
Bricks generally have long lead times ranging anywhere from 4-12 weeks and even up to 1 year in some instances. Therefore, it's crucial to plan ahead and accurately determine the number of bricks from the outset to avoid any delays in your project. Bricks will arrive in batches, so proper planning is crucial to ensure everything runs smoothly.
Don't Forget to Add Labour Costs
Finally, don't forget to add in any labour costs! Individual bricklayers could charge between £500/1000 and £1 per brick depending on where you are in the country and the complexity of the job. So, for a typical 4-bedroom home that needs approximately 14,000 bricks, labour can be expensive! Make sure you get a quote for the cost of bricklaying and factor this into your budget.
What Type of Brick You Need?
There are a lot of factors to consider when assessing the cost of bricks. The best place to start, however, is by understanding what type of brick you need - whether that's engineering bricks for a damp-proof course or facing bricks for the exterior of your home.
If you need help selecting the right type of brick for your project, get in touch with one of our industry experts and try our free Brick Selection service.
If you want to browse yourself, use our Brick Library and get a quote on your favourite one. We will advise you on availability, cost and wait times for your choices.
- Brackenfell10 Kiewiet Close, Okavango Park, Brackenfell Industria, 7560
- Brits90 Hendrik Verwoerd Ave, Brits, 0250
- BurgersfortCorner of R555 & Dirk Winterbach Street (R37), Burgersfort, 1150
- Butterworth12 High Street, Butterworth, Eastern Cape, 4960
- Cape Town9 Brickfield Road, Salt River, Cape Town, 8001 (Deliveries 4 Pickwick Rd)
- Chamdor33 Van Eck St, Chamdor, Johannesburg, 1754
- Claremont261 Imam Haron Rd, Claremont, Cape Town, 7700
- Cofimvaba80 Matanzima Main Street, Cofimvaba, 5380
- SecundaShop 51, Embalenhle Mall, Embalenhle Avenue, Embalenhle, 2285
- EmpangeniC/O 4th and 2nd Streets, Kuleka, Empangeni Rail, Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal, 3910
- Fish HoekShop 20, Fish Hoek Arcade, 1st Avenue, Fish Hoek
- George4 Bridge Rd, George Industria, George, 6529
- Giyani84 First Road, Giyani-BA, Giyani, 0826
- HermanusGateway Centre, Corner Main and Swartdam Roads, Hermanus, 7200
- HoneydewRidge Rd, Laser Park, Roodepoort, 2040
- Humansdorp1 Penny Lane, Humansdorp, Eastern Cape, 6300
- Jane FurseDuizen Annex Shopping Centre, Old Hospital Rd, Jane Furse, Limpopo, 1085
- Jeffreys BayBlaaukrans Street, Fountain Estate, Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape, 6330
- KathuHeritage Square, C/O Frikkie Meyer & Rooisand Streets, Kathu, Northern Cape, 8446
- Kempton ParkC/O Pretoria Road & Commissioner Street, Kempton Park, Gauteng, 1619
- Kenton-on-SeaC/O School St and Kenton Rd, Kenton-on-Sea, Eastern Cape, 6191
- KlerksdorpC/O Oak Lane & Foundry Street, Klerkindustria, Klerksdorp, North West, 2571
- KnysnaMeubel Street, Knysna Industrial, Knysna, 6571
- KomatipoortShop 17 Komati Square, 27 Rissik St, Komatipoort, Mpumalanga, 1340
- LephalaleJoe Slovo Drive, Ext. 16, Section 1, Onverwacht, Lephalale, Limpopo, 0557
- LethlabileShop 1, Lethlabile Mall, Cnr D1382 & Osaletseng Streets, Lethabile C, Brits, Lethlabile, North West, 0250
- LongbeachWarehouse A & B, Heron Park, Kommetjie Road, Kommetjie, 7975
- Lusikisiki10 Jacaranda Street, Lusikisiki, Eastern Cape, 4820
- MalelaneC/O Kiepersol & Buffel Street, Malelane, Mpumalanga, 1320
- Mdantsane6441 Sandile Rd, Mdantsane Unit 2, Mdantsane, 5219
- Middelburg37 Dolerite Cres, Middelburg, 1055
- PlazaStation Plaza, F15a Seventh Ave, Mitchells Plain, Cape Town, 7785
- Mtubatuba195 Inkosi Mtubatuba Road, Mtubatuba, Kwa Zulu Natal, 3935
- Nelspruit4 Old Pretoria Rd, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, 1201
- Ngcobo306 High St, Ngcobo, 5050
- PaarlShop G101, Rembrandt Mall, Cnr Bergriver Street & Dorp Street
- Parklands15a Parklands Main Rd, Parklands, 7441
- PinetownC/O Henwood & Shepstone Road, Pinetown, 3610
- Plettenberg BayC/O N2 Highway & Rietvlei Road, Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape, 6600
- Queenstown1 Bert Strauss Street, Queenstown
- RamsgateC/O Bond and Short Streets, Ramsgate Beach, Margate, 4285
- Tokai1-5 Honeywell Road, Retreat, 7945
- Rietpan26 Great N Rd, Rietpan 66-Ir, Benoni, 1501
- Rustenburg120 President Mbeki Dr, Rustenburg, 2990
- Sea PointAllied Arcade, 13 Cnr Clarence & Regent Rd, Sea Point, 8005
- St FrancisUnit 1, 3 and 4 Fish Eagle Park, Tarragona Rd, St Francis Bay, 6312
- SterkspruitShop 10, Riverside Mall, Zastron Street, Sterkspruit, Eastern Cape, 9762
- Thabazimbi7 Warmbad Road, Thabazimbi, 0387
- Shayandima31 A&B Ramasaga Street, Shayandima, Thohoyandou, 0945
- UlundiEzulweni Shopping Mall, Princess Magogo Street, Ulundi, Kwa Zulu Natal, 3838
- Vaal87 Curie Blvd, Vanderbijlpark N. W. 7, Vanderbijlpark, 1913
- Vasco312 Voortrekker Road, Richmond Estate, Vasco, 7460
- Walvis Bay160 Circumferential Road, Walvis Bay
- Welkom200 Jan Hofmeyer Rd, Industrial Area, Welkom, 9459
- White River10 Hennie Van Til St, White River, 1240
- WitbankCnr OR Tambo & Longfellow Sts, Witbank, Emalahleni, 1035
- WonderboomCnr Tillie van Wyk St & Chervil Avenue, Annlin, 182
- Wonderpark340 Heinrich Ave, Karenpark, Akasia, 0118
- WorcesterCorner Durban & Somerset Streets, Worcester, 6850
- AcornhoekCnr R40 & Greenvalley Turn-off, Greenvalley Trust Farm 473, Acornhoek, 1380
- Athlone57 Belgravia Road, Athlone, 7764
- BergvlietShop 11, Harry Goemans Centre, 151 Main Road, Bergvliet, 7945
- BlackheathVan Riebeeck Road, Blackheath, 7580
- SimonstownWickboom Ln, Simon's Town, Capetown, 7995
Pricing Guide For Brick and Stone
Comparing brick prices to the costs of other materials can seem confusing at first, since many other exterior options are priced per square foot, and brick have always been sold by the thousand. But the translation is easy enough. Most residential brick used in Riverside's Central Virginia market are engineer modular, or "oversize," and equate at 5.76 brick per square foot. (Other sizes, obviously, yield different numbers.) So a brick with a selling price of, say, $340 per thousand would cost $1.96 per square foot. A brick costing $500 per thousand would cost $2.88 per square foot. As with any other material, the product cost does not include the cost of labor or other materials required for installation. Cost studies conducted by a number of independent organizations have consistently estimated the fully installed cost of brick between $6.50 and $10.00 per square foot, depending on the market and the product selection. The cost is generally higher than vinyl or fiber cement lap sidings, but lower than natural stone, lower than properly installed manufactured stone, and lower than stucco, both real and synthetic. The actual material and installation cost of a typical three- or four-bedroom home is only a few thousand dollars more than vinyl siding on the same home.
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