How Much Does Brick Installation Cost?
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Many people choose brick because of its design, durability, quality, and appeal. Bricks can last for a very long time, a characteristic that makes it a really good investment for your home or business. Like most exterior finishes for your home, a professional contractor will more than likely be required to make sure the bricks are installed properly.
How much does it cost?
- The cost of brick installation depends on the geographical location of the project, the contractor, difficulty of installation, the length of time it takes for the installation to finish, and type of bricks being used.
- For the labor only, it is best to plan anywhere from $0.15 to as much as $1 per brick that is installed. This will not include the materials.
- What you may find is that some contractors may charge “by the thousands.” If this is the case, it is going to be anywhere from $275 to $500 per 1,000 bricks. Again, this is going to be for the labor costs only.
- Bricks that are larger than the traditional brick can cost upwards of $900 per 1,000 bricks.
- On a forum thread on the website GarageJournal.com, users claimed that you should be prepared to pay around $0.46 to $1 per brick or block. One contractor in particular charged $450 per 1,000.
- Another way that some installers may charge is by the square foot. Since the complexity and type of brick can affect the cost per square foot, most will quote anywhere from $2 to $9 per square foot for brick installation. Square footage prices really come down to the experience of the laborer.
- Since all quotes are going to be so different, it is best to use free websites such as HomeAdvisor.com to help you find multiple quotes in your area. Geographical locations are going to greatly vary.
What is going to be included?
- The cost estimates above includes all costs for manufacturer recommended underlayment, flashing for wall openings, siding, starter strip, window and door trim fittings, as well as manufacturer recommended adhesives, caulking, and fasteners.
- Many companies that do brick work will charge the same base amount no matter the project. For instance, whether you are getting a brick driveway, mailbox, sidewalk, or patio installed, the basic price may be the same with only small differences.
What are the extra costs?
- You may be paying an extra 5 to 20 percent in material and installation costs. This is the case for more complicated configurations and patterns.
- Extra costs may also be incurred for larger jobs that require hiring several laborers.
- Additional costs may also be incurred for maintenance costs.
- For larger jobs that require sand or gravel, the price of these materials and installation will have to be factored into the overall price.
Tips to know:
- Use materials and installation quality that is suited to your home or location.
- Ask around for advice on brick installation from websites and people who have gone through the same project.
How can I save money?
- You can save money on brick installation by becoming more flexible on your project schedule.
- Check out various contractors and brick suppliers so that you can compare price estimates and be able to come up with a good decision. Get the best offer at a more affordable price. Just make sure you do not compromise the quality for the price.
- You may consider a less expensive brick siding option that will fit your budget.
- Typically, the more bricks you need to have installed, the more you are going to save per brick. If you can, try to get all of your brick work done in one installation job.