When you built or bought your house, vinyl siding may have seemed like a great choice. It's attractive and easy to maintain. Maybe you originally could not afford a brick construction. Still, you can't help but notice how stylish and solid brick homes look. Fortunately, it's not too late for you to choose brick, either for your entire home or just the facade.
Because your current foundation is designed to support only the siding that is already on the house, you will need to have work done to it. Any type of brick siding is heavy, so your contractor may have to add a four-inch concrete extension to the existing foundation or add a ledge. Although this is a significant investment in time and money, it's absolutely necessary for the project to be successful.
You have several choices when it comes to choosing brick for your siding. You can go with a brick veneer, which is a thin layer of real brick, available in the colors you want. Some of this siding type is attached to your home with an adhesive, but others rely on a metal framework that permanently holds the veneer in place. Brick veneer is easy to handle and less expensive than full brick would be. Also, thin brick veneer is an excellent substance to add only to the facade of your home. You can get the style of brick without the full expense of an entire conversion.
If you want the full brick treatment, you can have it. When you have a vinyl-sided home, you can simply remove the siding and have full brick added. In that case, you would have to add the same foundation extension as you would for the brick veneer. Your contractor will also have to add a water barrier for the brick, otherwise, it will leak profusely and cause mold and mildew to sprout. Hire only an experienced contractor for this type of work.
Vinyl siding is perfectly fine, but for some homeowners, only brick will do. It does give a home a stately and traditional appearance and will probably add resale value to your house. Also, if you plan to stay in your home indefinitely, you should have the type of siding that you desire. Talk to your local contractor for an estimate and then get ready to give your home an entirely new look. For more information, contact local professionals like Zoom Construction LLC.