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Vinyl Siding vs. Brick

 

Fiderio & Sons installs a lot of vinyl siding in Connecticut and New England, so we know the impressive list of benefits that vinyl siding boasts. As a CT home improvement and remodeling company, vinyl siding is our number one choice for home siding.

Thinking about remodeling your home? Not sure what type of exterior cladding you want to use? Fiderio & Sons helps make your decision easier by comparing vinyl svinyl siding ctiding and brick.

Vinyl siding has the lowest cost

Did you know that vinyl siding is the least expensive type of home siding to install? Materials and labor costs for vinyl siding installation can be very inexpensive. Plus, as we've mentioned before, vinyl siding maintenance is so low that your wallet won't be hurting at all.

If you are interested in installing brick for your home, it is a much labor-intensive process and there are no industry certifications to verify that installers are properly trained. According to American Sides with Vinyl, brick has a nearly 400 percent more expensive material cost than vinyl siding. Also, due to weight, it is much more expensive to ship brick to the jobsite. Maintenace of brick can be very costly, especially the costs to re-point joints.

Vinyl siding outperforms brick

Vinyl siding outperforms brick in almost all performance measures when analyzed using Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability (BEES) software. According to the Vinyl Siding Institute, BEES is a lifecycle analysis tool developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Per the BEES software, brick uses more distribution energy than vinyl siding does. Plus, production of brick and mortar is responsible for generating almost 10 times the dioxin generated by the production of vinyl siding.

Vinyl offers more choices

Vinyl siding offers an impressive laundry list of colors, styles and shapes. There is an ever-increasing spectrum of beautiful styles, offered by companies like Mastic and CertainTeed, perfect to match any home.

While brick is recognized for its attractive appearance, brick offers limited color options and styles. Plus, there are no matching accessories (like trim) available in brick. Many brick homeowners must rely on high-maintenance trim to help complete the look of their home.



Not sure if your home would benefit from vinyl siding? Download our free vinyl siding checklist to see!


Comments

I just had an upstairs bathroom leak repaired by the expert crew at Fiderio and Sons. I have used Fiderio for several projects at different homes over the years and I wouldn't trust anyone else do do repair or remodeling work in my home. The workers come when they say they will come, they leave everything neat and clean, are always pleasant, and when the work is done the renovation or repair is better than what you expected.
Posted @ Friday, March 29, 2013 1:21 PM by John Mazzulli
I wouldn't call vinyl siding "maintenace free", most (though not all) of the jobs I've seen in N.E. either warp, get moldy and slimy, or fade after a few years. My condo was built with a nearly all-brick exterior 55 years ago and sill looks good, much better than many neighboring vinyl-clad properties that were done more recently. The vinyl industry has actually done a better job in recent years providing window and door trim that looks respectable, though the "historic" features like fluted pillisters and stick-on shutters still look silly and out of place in a sea of loose plastic. Even if an all-brick job is too expensive, I'd go with a combination of thin brick and stucco, rather than hollow plastic that might last 35 years at the most. Fiderio & Sons should consider offering thin-brick and stucco-finished cement board, both good alternatives for those who don't want to deal with the expense, complication and weight of stacked/anchored brick veneer.
Posted @ Sunday, May 19, 2013 12:20 PM by No2Vinyl
We had our condo in bristol power washed and now it looks worse. We are trying to figure out what is the cause and who is liable. Our property manager is not reporting to our residents, and many of us are frustrated that we will have to absorb the cost of sloppy work. What can we do?
Posted @ Wednesday, July 17, 2013 1:19 PM by sandra
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