How Much Does Brick Veneer Cost?
Brick veneer is a thin layer of bricks (around one quarter thick) designed to look like a full brick wall. Unlike actual bricks that are used to actually build the wall, brick veneers are simply attached to an existing wall in the same way that siding would cover an existing wall. Brick veneer is made of the same material as traditional bricks and actually look exactly like a full brick wall in terms of color, shape, size, and design.
How much does it cost?
- The cost of installing brick veneers basically depends on several factors such as the geographical location, the contractor, materials being used, size, the complexity of the job and length of the project. On average, plan on spending anywhere from $6 to as much as $16 per square foot for brick veneer.
- According to Sarah Thomas at ehow.com, brick veneers typically costs less to install than a full brick wall because there is already an existing wall. Thin veneers of bricks are less expensive than full bricks. A mason can also work on the project faster than a full brick project since veneers are lighter and more portable, resulting in a lower cost on labor.
- Since every area is going to vary with pricing, free services such as HomeAdvisor.com can help you find multiple quotes in your area for free from companies that can be trusted.
What is going to be included?
- Brick veneer is lighter, is a lot easier to install, and can be installed more quickly than a traditional brick job can be. This type of job compliments other jobs such as back splashes, accent walls, and even fireplaces.
- The estimated cost for installation of brick veneer includes the following: Costs for material and equipment as well as its transportation to and from the job site; the cost to transport laborers to and from the work site; the costs to prepare the work site for brick veneer installation, including costs to protect any existing structure, finishes, materials and components; and the costs for job cleanup and debris removal after the project has been completed.
- Labor setup time, mobilization time and minimum hourly charges that are commonly included for small brick veneer installation jobs.
What are the extra costs?
- Extra costs may be incurred for general contractor fees. The contractor is responsible for organizing and supervising the brick veneer installation.
- Other expenses not included in the brick installation cost are sales tax on materials and supplies as well as and permit or inspection fees that may be required by the local building department for the project.
Tips to know:
- Make sure that you do not compromise quality for the price. Before getting a general contractor or mason, make sure that you do some research on several contractors and masons including the quality of their previous projects.
- Brick veneer jobs never fade or rot; their best quality, however, is that they are fire-resistant.
How can I save money?
- By using quality materials and a good contractor or mason to do the brick veneer installation, you can save money on maintenance and repair costs.
- If you do decide to install a brick veneer, check with your home insurance policy because your premiums can be lowered due to the fire resistance of the brick veneers.
- Installing a brick veneer is much easier than laying bricks. Consider looking for kits out there that are designed for the average do it yourself job. There are many videos and tutorials online that you could use to help you finish the project.