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Using Brick Veneers

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Brick veneer, once applied, looks exactly like a solid brick wall. The veneer bricks are made from fired clay and shale in the same way that regular bricks are, with the only difference being that veneer bricks are around 1 inch thick instead of the standard 3 or 4 inches. Veneer walls are applied to structures typically constructed from wood or steel frames as a facade to give the appearance or solid brick, and they have a number of advantages over solid brick construction.

COST: One of the most salient advantages of a brick veneer is in the hip pocket. Brick-veneer construction (including the underlying structure) generally costs far less than a solid brick wall would. Not only are the material costs less, but maintenance costs of brick veneers are virtually non-existent, according to Masonry Plane

  1. Insulation

    • According to, a solid brick wall is impossible to insulate properly, whereas a brick veneer provides all the opportunities for proper insulation application. When brick veneer is used indoors, it provides better noise and fire insulation than other kinds of sidings such as wood, aluminum or vinyl.


    • Veneers are far easier to install than solid brick walls, even a “moderately skilled” craftsman can easily install brick veneers. The Clay Bricks website further states that homeowners can install their own brick veneer work without difficulty; the job becomes even easier if they lay the brick veneer on prefabricated panels, instead of directly on the wall.


    • Brick veneers are an easy way to bring the warm aesthetics of brickwork to a house, without the necessity of actually having brickwork. Internally, brick veneer work is often used as a siding, or in kitchens and bathrooms as a feature wall. In this kind of application, the veneer has much more of an aesthetic purpose than a functional one.


    • Houses commonly suffer from warping and cracking due to weathering and the expansion or contraction of building material. According to, brick veneer, being lighter than solid brickwork, has a lesser propensity to shift or crack, and if it does it is much easier to repair than solid brickwork.

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