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How Much Does It Cost To Install Brick Vs Other Siding?

Typical Range: $8,900 - $25,000

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Figures above are representative of a 2,500 square foot exterior home surface.

Brick siding is popular options for homeowners seeking an attractive but durable option for their homes. Brick costs between $6 and $10 per sq. ft. However, the price decreases based on the size of each project, so you could be charged only $3.50 for each sq. ft. for installation on your entire home. This is because many professionals will lower the cost of materials for larger projects. The low to high price range for a 2,500 sq. ft. home is between $8,900 and $25,000, with most people spending about $15,000.
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. Improper installation can result in weakened materials that undermine the integrity of a home exterior. The durability of the bricks could become compromised if the project is not completed properly, possibly resulting in danger to your home’s foundation due to the weight of the material.

Brick Siding & Brick Veneer Costs

Brick Siding Costs
TypePer Square FootHow Is It Sold?
Brick$3.50Hundreds or Thousands
Brick Veneer$8By Sheet (size varies)

Brick - $3.50 sq. ft.

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. However, it adds a lot of weight to the home foundation, cannot be replaced easily when damaged, and is susceptible to frost. It is versatile and can be used as the main siding for a home, or as an accent.

Brick Veneer - $8 sq. ft.

Like other veneers, brick veneers are installed on top of another material to create a solid wall. They look like the real thing but are lighter and cheaper, although it is easier to damage it than regular brick. They also need to be installed correctly or else the wall and its foundation can be damaged by exterior elements.
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Installation Costs

The average installation price is between $4,000 and $5,000, including the materials needed and the labor involved. There are additional charges involved in maintaining and painting walls to achieve the desired aesthetic appearance. The cost of painting a brick wall should be considered when choosing an exterior for your home.
A professional bricklayer charges $24-$28 an hour and can be expected to work almost 100 hours for a 1,000 sq. ft. home. 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 - $2 to $3 per sq. ft.: Creates a watertight seal between the blocks.
  • House wrap - $0.40 to $0.90 per sq. ft.: Keeps moisture from damaging a structure.
  • Shim - $15 for a pack of ten : A shim is a thin piece of material designed to align blocks.

Brick a Full Exterior House

Bricking the entire exterior of a residence ensures that all areas receive the benefits of brick. These include the extra durability and environmental resistance, as well as the fact that the material last longer than other options like wood. The cost of adding it to an entire home with 1,000 sq. ft. of exterior walls would be as follows:
  • Bricks - $3,500
  • Mortar - $2,000
  • House wrap - $400 to $900
  • Pro Labor - $24,000 to $28,000
Changing the entire home also improves the overall value of the property. Brick has a high ROI rating, which means that your property value will increase by a number which is greater than the amount of money you spent. This is good news for people who hope to sell their home someday, or those who want other benefits like easier refinancing.

Partial/ Home Front

One popular option for homeowners is to only brick their home front or a section of the house. The rest of the house can be done in another material such as vinyl. Professionals will not install other elements, but a general contractor usually will. This can help save money during the construction process. Bricking a portion of the home can also improve the ROI rating of a home because it can be considered an aesthetic and structural improvement.
The cost of bricking the front of a home with 1,000 sq. ft. of exterior walls would be:
  • Bricks - $875
  • Mortar - $500
  • House wrap - $100 to $150
  • Professional labor - $600 to $700
The price of doing the rest of the home in vinyl would be:
  • Vinyl - $2,250 to $6,000
  • Underlayment - $5,500 to $5,600
  • Professional labor - $1,100 to $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.

Laying Thin Veneer Façade

Thin brick veneer is like regular brick because homeowners still receive some of the benefits of the material, such as a fire-resistant exterior. The veneer is additionally pleasing to the eye and requires little upkeep such as painting or refinishing. The main drawback is that it still uses original materials and can add extra weight to the foundation. If a homeowner doesn’t calculate the weight or ask a professional if the foundation can manage the extra pressure, then they can accidentally damage or destroy their home’s base.
It requires fewer materials than a full wall.
  • Mortar - $2 - $3 per square foot. Holds everything together. You will need enough to keep the veneer from falling.
  • Trowel - $9 to $15: A pointed scoop with a flat edge to spread mortar.
  • A T Bevel - $5 to $30: A gauge to check angles.
  • A Level - $5 to $20: Measures how even a wall is.

Refacing Your Home Exterior

Sometimes people get tired of their home’s old exterior. When this happens, homeowners have a couple of options. If the house already has a brick exterior, it can be removed so that something new can be put in its place. For those who would like to replace their existing siding, contractors can remove the original material and either add bricks or veneer. They can also repair a damaged wall. Both processes are time intensive and require someone with experience in stonemasonry to avoid damage or hazards to people.


General contractors can remove full brick and veneer siding. The average cost is between $4 and $6 per sq. ft., including the underlayment and drywall if the whole structure needs to go. The average home is 2,500 sq. ft., which means a homeowner can expect to pay $10,000 to $15,000 to clear the entire house.

Replacing Existing Siding

Replacing is not a DIY job. If sections are removed or installed improperly, then the wall can lose its structural integrity and could collapse. Expect to pay between $600 and $1,000 to replace or repair damage to a brick wall for a 1,000-sq. ft. home. Smaller jobs are between $300 and $500. DIY installation does not have the labor cost, in which case you just need to pay the price of the materials. For a wall job, this could mean a price of $350 to $700 for a single replacement.
Replacing siding is an intensive process. If your home features genuine brick, then fixing damage isn’t as simple as popping out the broken piece and installing a new one. When walls are built, they form a cohesive whole. Often, entire sections of the wall need to be removed to fix damage.


Brick vs. Vinyl Cladding Costs

Vinyl siding is a thinner, lighter alternative. Vinyl siding typically costs $4 per sq. ft. 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 sq. ft. 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.

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 sq. ft. for installation but $0.75 to $5.75 for the material itself. Compared to bricks, it is more durable but less physically appealing. Regular maintenance is encouraged, including re-caulking 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 $16 per hour. A skilled professional would request anywhere from $24 to $28 an hour. If you’re looking to have siding added around your house, then you should seek someone with experience to guarantee the job is completed correctly.

DIY or 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 whether or not your home’s foundation needs to be reinforced. 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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