The Benefits of Brick

| by Shelley Ross
The Benefits of Brick

Recently, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) said its index of confidence in the housing market gained three points to 44 from a downwardly revised 41 in April. Homebuilders can breathe a little easier and incorporate high quality building materials that home buyers not only benefit from, but prefer.

Exterior building materials obviously create curb appeal. According to NAHB's "What Home Buyers Really Want" report, brick was the front-runner at 34 percent when surveying homebuyers nationally. More notably, in the West South Central U.S., brick was preferred by 50 percent. And in East South Central U.S, a majority 54 percent favor brick.

Homes made with brick use 2 to 7 percent less energy than homes clad with composite siding. A study by the University of Newcastle shows that clay bricks offer superior levels of thermal comfort for energy efficient and sustainable design. Furthermore, the density of brick makes for a quieter home compared to lighter weight materials, reducing external sound.

Brick beats all other siding products in the maintenance department as well. Brick does not rot, dent, or need to be painted and it won't be eaten by termites. This durability not only makes brick a convenient and worry-free choice, but also saves homeowners money over time.

Its modular shape has resulted in beautiful structures in just about every architectural style, ranging from colonial to Victorian to post-modernist. Design flexibility is one of the many reasons why brick is favored by homebuyers.

Adding classic curb appeal, sustainability and long-lasting value, no wonder brick is preferred by home buyers when building a home.

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Topics: Building Green, Exteriors, Proud Green Home at Serenbe

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