The True Cost of Brick

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The Relative and Absolute Costs of Brick. 

Brick is far more affordable than most people think. 

You should never have to settle when building, purchasing, or remodeling your home. We know that a full brick home may like the more expensive construction option, but we can show you that not only is brick affordable, it will end up saving you thousands over the life of your mortgage. 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 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. The appreciation you see on your property coupled with the elimination of maintenance costs make this an investment you can afford to make. 

  • Brick never needs to be painted and the maintenance on a brick home is minimal.
  • Utilities: Brick is a natural insulator which means your HVAC doesn’t have to work as hard to keep your home cooler in the summer and warm in the winter. Average savings of 20% a year.
  • Insurance: Because of the non-combustible material that is brick, insurance rates are on average 10% lower than other cladding materials.

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Comparing Costs

Cost analysis of bricks

When discussing costs 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: 

  • The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) has rated brick masonry for a 100-year lifespan.  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!