Bricks vs. Cladding – Which is better for your build?
Which building material is better for your new custom build? This blog post explores the pros and cons of each material so that you are fully informed to make the best decision for your new home.
- Bricks are an extremely durable building material which are long-lasting.
- They are fire resistant and can withstand a variety of weather conditions.
- Bricks offer a stylistic appeal to your home. There are a variety of types of bricks that can be used in the design of your home that create a certain design that is suited to your taste.
- Bricks are extremely low-maintenance and easy to clean, you are able to wash them down with just a hose. If you are looking for a deeper clean, you are also able to use a high-pressure hose.
- If you are environmentally conscious, bricks are a sustainable option as they can be recycled and reused from old projects. This can also be a stylistic choice that offers character to your new home.
- Bricks may not offer enough insulation for your new home, so it is important to consider the impact this may have.
- Whilst there are many choices for the type of brick, the colour of bricks is more limited, so they offer less versatility then cladding.
- If you are looking for more colour choices, but still prefer the style of bricks, rendering them is an option. Although this can be slightly more costly and time-consuming.
- There are a variety of types of cladding materials, for example, wood, brick or metal.
- Cladding can be cheaper than brick and is easier to use in the construction process.
- There are so many materials, colours and designs of cladding that you can essentially create the specific and unique look that you are after.
- Cladding is low maintenance.
- Cladding can be a more economic choice for a new home build if working to a strict budget, although this does depend on the material and design chosen.
- The installation of cladding is generally narrower than a brick and cavity and this gives you the opportunity to have either a greater internal room width or fit the home to a narrow block of land.
- Cladding can be difficult to repair and may have to be entirely replaced if it is damaged, although this is dependent on the material chosen.
- Most claddings require insulation to be fitted behind the cladding between the framing to achieve the necessary energy ratings.
Bullfrog Constructions uses the highest quality materials for our builds, we use PGH bricks & pavers and WeatherTex for cladding. Ultimately, the choice between bricks and cladding is dependent on the style you would like for your new home, as well as your budget and your needs. If you would like to further discuss the specifications of your new home build please contact us on our website at www.bullfrogcostructions.com.au.