Vinyl Siding vs. Brick
By Your Fiderio Expert Mar 11, 2013
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 siding and home 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 siding 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!