The True Cost of Brick

When you’re planning a new home build or a renovation, you owe it to yourself to seriously consider clay brick as a building material. While brick does incur higher initial expenses than vinyl or fiber concrete, your savings over time plus the appreciation of your property’s value will repay your investment – in some cases many times over! When it comes to long-term repair and maintenance costs, there is simply no comparison between brick and other materials, as brick requires virtually no upkeep at all to remain in top condition.

The True Cost of Brick

When you’re planning a new home build or a renovation, you owe it to yourself to seriously consider clay brick as a building material. While brick does incur higher initial expenses than vinyl or fiber concrete, your savings over time plus the appreciation of your property’s value will repay your investment – in some cases many times over! When it comes to long-term repair and maintenance costs, there is simply no comparison between brick and other materials, as brick requires virtually no upkeep at all to remain in top condition.

Our Brick Is Affordable

Cherokee Brick offers a handmade product that is built to withstand the test of time with grace, poise and elegance. Unlike other building materials, whose constitution and appearance degrade with time, natural brick only gains in character while the mortar only becomes stronger as it takes on moisture. As such, we maintain that our brick is your most affordable option, even though it costs on average between 4-6% more to build with than other materials. The appreciation you see on your property coupled with the virtual elimination of maintenance costs make this an investment you can hardly afford not to make.

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Listed price is a national average for 2,266 sq.ft. of exterior wall space for a 2-story home with 2,700 sq.ft. of living space, for product and typical installation and is based on data by RSMeans | The Gordian Group, Installed Cost of Residential Siding, Comparative study; October 2015

Final Cost of Construction

In terms of quality, our products at Cherokee Brick stack up favorably against any other offering out there. While your upfront costs will admittedly not be at rock bottom, you will be receiving a premium product that is guaranteed to add value and durability to your home. Our prices are set according to the national average, and the final cost of construction will furthermore be dependent upon your location in the United States. Every brick is made to order; each project is a tailored affair unlike any other. Invest in your future with Cherokee Brick.

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Prices listed above are based on data by RSMeans | The Gordian Group, Installed Cost of Residential Siding, Comparative Study; October 2015. **Vinyl total Construction cost used as base house per RSMeans data for 2,100 sq.ft. of living space for configuration A and 2,700 sq.ft. of living space for configuration B. ***Fiber Cement, Stucco, Clay Brick and Genuine Stone costs include base vinyl price plus added cost of wall cladding on 1,369 and 2,266 sq.ft. of wall area.

Comparing Monthly Rates

When entering into negotiations with prospective clients, we spend a lot of time dispelling the myth that luxury brick is too expensive. Yes, the price tag is higher than other materials, but those discounted options don’t take into consideration the hidden costs of a lifetime of ownership. These key points include:

  • Brick construction never needs painting or cleaning, and will never incur repair costs for rotting, fading, denting or peeling. This fact alone can see your brick pay itself off in a matter of years.
  • Dense, earthen material provides superior thermal efficiency, and will drastically reduce your heating and cooling costs, with average savings of up to 8%. Plus, your family will always stay safe and comfortable, and who can put a price tag on that?
  • Insurance companies love brick! As such, many will offer you reduced rates, since your home presents a far safer long-term bet that it will withstand the elements. In fact, you can count on getting more than a century of dependable service out of your brick home!
  • You will get your investment back, often many times over upon resale of your property. In fact, brick homes appreciate by a factor of 9.52% when compared to vinyl, and sell for at least 6% more than what you paid on average. This means that a vinyl home @ $200K will appreciate to $236K in 5 years, while a slightly more expensive brick home @ $213K will appreciate to $256K in the same time period. That’s a difference of $8K in just half a decade (a figure that doesn’t even take the above three points of savings into consideration). By the end of the decade, your investment in brick will have already paid itself off, and then some!

The Relative and Absolute Costs of Brick

For a typical 2,500 square foot, two-story house with roughly 2,700 square feet of wall area, you can expect to pay an average price of $6.39 per square foot. Of course, this figure changes depending upon whether you choose modular, engineered or queen size bricks.

Whatever option you choose, the upfront price will be comparable to synthetic stucco/EIFS, 6% to 7% more than vinyl, 3% to 4% more than fiber cement and 10% to 19% less than stone. However, brick’s thermal efficiency, durability and flexibility in design will yield dramatic reductions of long-term costs not possible with those other materials. Furthermore, you are virtually guaranteed to make your money back should you decided to sell your home, as brick properties sell more quickly and at higher values than most other types of construction.

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