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Brick Siding Cost

Installing brick siding costs an average of $15 per square foot. The average cost to brick a house falls between $9 and $28 per square foot for materials and labor. Professional masons may lower the cost of materials for larger projects, resulting in a per square foot cost as low as $9 for large homes. The low to high price range for a 2,500 square foot home is $10,000 to $75,000, with most people spending about $18,000.

This guide covers the cost of brick siding veneers and faux veneers. Solid brick walls cost $20 to $50 per square foot. This guide doesn’t cover brick walls of 8 to 12 inches thick.

Average Cost to Brick a House

Average$9 per square foot
Low$6 per square foot
High$10 per square foot

Brick siding is an extremely long-lasting option which improves the value of many homes and is resistant to most weather types. It has been popular through the last century, and many homeowners might choose it because of its aesthetic appeal. Like most other siding projects, laying bricks on a home should be a handled by experienced siding professionals.

Face Brick Siding & Brick Veneer Costs

TypePer Square FootHow Is It Sold?
Face Brick Siding
(real 4” brick)
$4-$8Per Hundred or Thousand
Thin Brick Veneer Strips
(real brick)
$3-$10Per box or case
Faux Brick Veneer
(manufactured stone strips)
$4-$10By box
Faux Brick Panel Siding
(epoxy or polyurethane)
$6-$10By panel (size varies)
Labor$3-$20As needed
Mortar & Supplies$0.40-$0.50As needed

Face Brick Veneer Prices

Face brick siding costs $14 to $28 per square foot. This veneer facing is actual brick, only one layer thick measuring 4 inches. Also called a Wythe, it requires mortar and takes the more time to install than other veneers. The cost of brick alone averages $5 per square foot, not including labor. 

This is one of the oldest building materials made from sand, clay, and lime to form a solid surface. Traditional bricks are held together to form walls by mortar. It doesn't burn, resists most weather damage, and provides a powerful acoustic environment. It is versatile and used as the main siding for a home, or as an accent.

Laying Thin Brick Veneer Façade Costs

Thin brick veneers cost $10 to $20 per square foot. Veneer strips, made from real brick, come in at just ½ to 1 inch thick. They protective and decorative without adding cost or weight to your home. It’s much easier to think of these as tiles rather than actual bricks. They’re installed the same way with the same methods as any traditional tile.

Thin brick veneer is like regular brick because homeowners still receive some of the benefits of the material, such as a fire-resistant exterior. It’s pleasing to the eye and requires little upkeep such as painting or refinishing.

Installation requires:

  • Thinset: $5-$50. Used to set think brick, much like tiles.
  • Caulk & Construction Adhesive: $5-$15 per tube. Used around the edges of think brick and to adhere faux panels to your existing walls.
  • A T Bevel: $5-$30: A gauge to check angles.
  • A Level: $5-$20: Measures how even a wall is.

Faux Brick Veneer

Faux brick veneers and panels cost $9 to $15 per square foot. They come in a variety of materials and sizes from manufactured stone strips the size of standard face bricks to polyurethane panels. Thin, lightweight and durable, they install quickly but come with a slightly higher material price.

Like other veneers, they're installed on top of another material to create a solid wall.

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Brick Siding Installation Costs

The average cost to add bricks to a 2,500-square-foot home is $12,000 to $25000, including the materials needed and the labor involved. Most homes only have a small accent piece done for aesthetics. There are additional charges involved in maintaining and painting walls to achieve the desired aesthetic appearance. Consider the cost of painting a brick wall when choosing an exterior for your home.

A professional bricklayer charges $50 to $100 an hour. Expect 100 to 200hours of labor for a 1,000 square foot home. With multiple masons working on your project, expect it to take anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks. Besides the bricks, you will need several other materials. Many pros will supply the tools like a shim, but most homeowners need to have their own building products.

  • Mortar: $0.40-$0.50 per square foot. Creates a watertight seal between the blocks.
  • House wrap: $0.40-$0.90 per square foot. Keeps moisture from damaging a structure. Usually installed as part of the sheathing process, prior to siding installation.
  • Shim: $15 for a pack of ten. A thin piece of material designed to align blocks.

Cost to Brick a Full Exterior House

The average cost of installing brick it to an entire home with 2,500 square feet of exterior walls is about $20,000 to $70,000 and breaks down as follows:

Bricks$10,000-$17,500
Mortar$1,200-$500
House wrap$1,400-$3,000
Pro Labor$10,500-$50,000+

Bricking the entire exterior of a residence ensures that all areas receive the benefits of brick. These include:

  • Extra durability and environmental resistance
  • Lasts longer than other options like wood.
  • Improves the overall value of the property with a high ROI that varies by your location, type of home and market conditions.

Partial or Home Front

The cost of bricking the front of a home with 1,000 square feet of exterior walls comes out to about $10,000 to $30,000.

Partial Brick Veneer + Vinyl Siding Costs
Bricks$4,000-$7,000
Mortar$100-$300
House wrap$1,400-$3,000
Professional labor$5,000-$20,000
Finishing the rest in vinyl adds: 
Vinyl$2,500-$6,000
Underlayment$5,500-$5,600
Professional labor$1,100-$1,200

If your home already uses a different siding product that doesn't need to be replaced, then only using it on a partial amount will save you money overall.

Bricking a portion of the home improves the ROI rating of a home.

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Replacing or Refacing Your Home Exterior

If your home features genuine brick, then fixing damage isn't as simple as popping out the broken piece and installing a new one. Complete walls form a cohesive whole. Often, one must removal entire sections of wall to fix damage. Another option is to reface the wall by applying a brick or faux brick veneer.

Sometimes people get tired of their home's old exterior. When this happens, homeowners have a couple of options.

  1. Refacing: $9-$28 per square foot for brick. The process of covering up your existing siding with another veneer. It usually means you’ll leave whatever siding you currently have in place.
  2. Removal: $2-$6 per square foot.
  3. Replacement: $3,000-$100,000+. The wide range of prices reflect the wide range of replacement materials you can choose from. If you’re replacing another material with brick, expect to pay $9 to $28 per square foot.

These processes are time intensive and require someone with experience in stonemasonry to avoid damage or hazards to people.

Removing Brick Siding

The average cost for a contractor to remove full brick and veneer siding is between $2 and $6 per square foot, including the underlayment and drywall if the whole structure needs to go. The average home of 2,500 square feet Might have anywhere from 750 to 4,000 square feet of exterior brick siding. That translates into $1,500 to $8,000 to clear the entire house.

Replacing Existing Siding

After removal, replace your existing siding with brick veneers or another material. Using brick runs $9 to $28 per square foot. You can also mix and match, using brick and stone to accent another material.

Other materials include:

MaterialAverage Total to Install
Vinyl siding costs$6,000-$16,000
Engineered wood siding installation prices$3,000-$5,000
Aluminum siding costs$10,000-$20,000
Wood siding installation fees$7,000-$23,000
Fiber cement siding pricing$5,500-$19,000
Stucco siding Install prices$1,700-$5,960
Steel siding costs$10,000-$12,500
Stone veneer siding prices$87,500-$125,000
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Repairing Brick Siding

Brick wall repair costs $600 and $2,500 for a 1,000 square foot home. Smaller jobs are between $300 and $500. Repairs range from $1 to $12 per square foot, depending on what the damage includes. Repairs include:

  • Reinstalling mortar: $0.50-$2.00 per square foot.
  • Replacing damaged bricks costs $500-$1,000.
  • Resealing brick: $1-$12 per square foot.
  • Painting brick costs $3,500-$10,500.

FAQs

How much does brick vs. vinyl cladding cost?

Vinyl siding is a thinner, lighter alternative. Vinyl siding typically costs $4 per square foot and is easier to install, maintain, and replace. Unlike other materials, it requires very few specialty tools and is relatively inexpensive because it costs roughly $5,000 to side a 1,000 square foot home, including the price of labor.

It has become more popular for people to use brick on the front of their homes and to then use vinyl around the rest. This is a compromise between the two materials but might require hiring two different professionals for assistance. There aren't many repercussions to this choice except that there will be a weight difference on your home’s foundation; the front will be heavier and might require reinforcements. The vinyl siding will also be less resistant to environmental factors like rain, snow, and excessive heat.

How much is brick vs. cement board?

Fiber cement is a cheap but difficult to install. If added inaccurately, the cement will crack. It's also extremely heavy and requires more than one person to apply. Cement board installation is less expensive compared to other options, and it costs $10 per square foot for installation but $0.75 to $5.75 for the material itself. Compared to bricks, it is more durable but less physically appealing. Frequently re-caulk to prevent cracking. Cement is also heavier, so you might need to refortify your foundation to prevent damage.

What is a bricklayer's hourly rate?

A bricklayer's hourly rate is determined by their level of experience. An apprentice with limited professional experience would charge roughly $30 per hour. A skilled professional would request anywhere from $50 to $100 an hour. If you're looking to have siding added around your house, then you should seek someone with experience to guarantee the job.

Can I DIY bricking my house or should I hire a pro?

The main advantage of making the installation of your siding a DIY project is that it will be cheaper because you're not paying labor costs. However, there are many cons.

Professionals encourage people to have 50 hours of experience applying bricks before doing a project on their own because it's difficult to lay the materials correctly. A pro can additionally calculate the weight of the finished project and can determine any foundation work needed. Finally, failing to apply mortar correctly results in structural weaknesses. When it comes to brick siding on your home, it's better to contact a professional.

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