All You Need to Know About Brick & Stone Siding

by Jacqui Zuzgo 10/03/2021

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Both brick and natural stone have been popular building materials throughout history and are still popular today. Both have a classic, traditional look and offer many benefits compared to other home siding materials. If you’re considering going with brick or stone for your home exterior there are several things to consider.

Brick Advantages & Disadvantages

Natural brick has a timeless look and some great structural benefits. It’s durable, long-lasting and resistant to extreme elements and weather. Brick is a great insulator which will keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer while conserving energy. Bricks come in standard sizes which make them extremely versatile and flexible whether you want an entire wall or merely brick exterior accents.

The major disadvantage to natural brick is the cost. Despite being made of abundant natural materials (clay and shale) it’s one of the most expensive home siding options. The high price tag is mostly because of the installation process. Besides being very heavy to transport, brick siding requires a specialized building process. Also, despite its durability and longevity, it will eventually need some maintenance. Mortar, the material used to bond individual bricks together, wears down over time and will need to be touched up.

Stone Advantages & Disadvantages

Stone shares many of the same advantages as natural brick. Stone siding is timeless and versatile, available in a variety of colors, textures and finishes. You have a wide range of choices for stone siding depending on the style you want your home to have. You can cut stone into custom shapes that will last a lifetime. Similar to brick, natural stone is fire resistant and can withstand strong weather. Stone siding can help insulate your home and keep cool air inside in hot climates.

Natural stone is another high-cost siding option. There are many types of stone you can use as siding, but all of them are limited natural resources that are not available in the same abundance everywhere in the country. This means both the material itself and the transportation costs can be high before it’s even installed. It also means that the environmental cost is higher overall. Stone has excellent natural cooling ability and will help you keep your home comfortable in hot climates. However, this also means you might need additional insulation for harsh winters.

Alternatives to Consider

There are some great alternatives to natural brick and stone if you still want a similar look with a lower price tag. Faux brick, often called brick veneer, is far easier and less expensive to add to your home. It is almost indistinguishable from real brick and can even be installed yourself over a single weekend. Stone veneer is also widely available and similarly customizable. The textures and finishes are extremely believable and becoming even better over time as technology improves. Like brick veneer, stone veneer doesn’t require mortar or hiring professional masons. Though the faux versions don’t share the same long-term durability and insulation characteristics as natural brick and stone, these modern materials are an excellent option if your goal is mainly aesthetic. You can easily and inexpensively add brick or stone accents to existing walls to create a new but timeless looking design.

About the Author
Author

Jacqui Zuzgo

I have been a REALTOR® in Massachusetts since 1984 and hold both a salesman and broker license. I am currently affiliated with Five College REALTORS® located at 190 University Drive, Amherst, MA. Over my career, I have consistently been a Top Producer in the Pioneer Valley and have gained a reputation for being a strong-minded, no-nonsense negotiator in the industry. I also frequently rank highly on Boston’s Top 20 for sales in Western Massachusetts. Some of my best qualities include my listening and communication skills. I have time and again proven to work well under pressure with exceptional attention to detail. My commitment to my clients and professionalism is obvious in every transaction.

Representing both buyers and sellers in Hampshire and Franklin Counties, as well as assisting in relocations throughout the United States and globally has helped me embrace the need for quality performance and develop an acute and sincere sensitivity to people's needs. Honing in on what matters most is almost a sixth sense. Communication and awareness of the situation at hand produce a final result that has undoubtedly led to the large referral business I maintain.

Education has been a theme throughout my 30 years of experience. Well versed in technology and holding key designations have proven to be assets to my performance and dedication to the Real Estate field. My never-ending enthusiasm, availability, knowledge and drive make for a seamless transaction every client, every time.

I am a native of the Pioneer Valley. I am committed to sharing all the area has to offer in making your transition, whether long distance or short, a satisfying experience.

Education:

  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst - Bachelor of Science 1983
  • Top Individual Seller for Residential Sales in the Pioneer Valley since 2006.
  • #1#1 Realtor in the entire Franklin/Hampshire Counties for Millions Sold since 1999.
  • Highest producer in sales since 2004 in Franklin/Hampshire Counties.
  • ABR®– Accredited Buyer's Representative
  • CRS – Certified Residential Specialist (only 3% of REALTORS® hold a CRS)
  • e-PRO – Digital Marketing, Certified e-PRO Realtor®
  • GRI – Graduate, Realtors® Institute
  • SRES– Seniors Real Estate Specialist®

Biographical Highlights:

Life long, active member of the community, born & raised in the Pioneer Valley. Graduate of University of Massachusetts, Amherst, BS 1983.

Current Committee Involvement:

Member of the local Chamber of Commerce - Post Board of Director's member Volunteer for the Road to Recovery.

Greenfield Community College Foundation Board Member 

Greenfield Savings Bank Corporator

MLS Professional Standards Committee Member

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