In these current economic times, people spend much of their time worrying about their utility, maintenance, and insurance bills. For the most part, people have learned to cut back or go without completely. Rather than running the air conditioning, they spend hot summer days in an equally hot home using fans to blow around even hotter air. Instead of paying several thousand dollars to get their homes repainted, they let the wind and the rain take a toll on their homes and become satisfied with the way it look, and worst of all: rather than pay high premiums for home owners insurance they would rather take the chance and go without. There is one simple change that people can make that would take care of all of these issues and increase their property values: brick masonry.
Brick masonry offers a unique quality that vinyl siding does not: thermal insulation. Working much like a thermos, brick masonry traps in heat or cool air which then allows the homeowner to run the heat or air much less often, thereby significantly decreasing their utility bills. In the summer, the owner of a brick home must only run their air conditioning for half an hour to see the effects. The cool air circulates in their home, the bricks cool down, which then helps to keep their home cool. In the winter, the bricks are heated along with the rest of the house so that even when the heat is turned off, the bricks themselves continue to heat the home and trap heat inside.
In addition to the benefit of lowered utility bills, there is also a lower cost of maintenance. In a vinyl sided home there is the constant stress of upkeep as one must wash the outside of the home, paint, and of course pay high costs every time some of the vinyl siding breaks off. This is time consuming and costly. As many people don’t have the time or the money to keep their homes in pristine condition, many homes are seen falling apart, and even in shambles. This reduces the property values not only for the home owners, but also for those who live around them. Brick masonry, on the other hand, does not require maintenance. The brick has a beautiful rustic value all its own, therefore it does not require painting. Also, it is much heartier, and resists wind and rain erosion therefore it does not require replacement. Once brick is laid, the homeowner simply needs to relax and enjoy.
Finally, brick masonry is more sturdy than vinyl siding. It resists wind and rain, it stands through storms virtually unaffected, and it stands the test of time. For this reason, home insurers generally provide a discount to those who have brick homes. The insurers realize that there is a decreased chance that a claim will be made on these homes and the risk to them is less. Therefore, owners of brick homes can afford the insurance premiums giving them a beautiful home and peace of mind.
While brick masonry may cost more in the beginning the value is well worth it. Now more than ever, the desire is to save money, and truly brick masonry offers an easy, fun a beautiful way to do that.