The external beauty of homes is just as important as the impressive interior design. After all, it’s the first thing people see when they come to visit your property. Among the common treatments for exterior renovation is the installation of external wall cladding, which can really boost the overall style of the structure.
Currently, there are many options for wall cladding available, so whatever your style preference may be, it certainly won’t be difficult to find the perfect material to reflect that. But when it comes to the most popular options, there’s no disputing that it’s a stiff battle between brick and vinyl wall claddings.
If you’re having difficulty choosing between the two, here is a comparison to help you decide which to use.
When it comes to standard retail price, cost of installation and maintenance, vinyl is the clear winner. This lightweight material is very easy to install and does not require special skills, unlike with brick cladding. Likewise, the only maintenance it requires is occasional cleaning.
This will really depend on the preference of homeowners, but many claim that there’s no beating the timeless appearance of brick, which actually ages beautifully over the years. As for vinyl cladding, the advantage it offers is the range of styles and textures you can choose from. It’s important to mention as well that vinyl cladding doesn’t warp in appearance, nor does it corrode or crack.
Both brick and vinyl cladding are quite long-lasting. Brick, with proper masonry and maintenance, can last up to a century. Ditto with vinyl; however, vinyl cladding, as mentioned earlier, requires little to no maintenance to remain structurally intact despite ever-changing weather. Brick, on the other hand, is not as resistant to the effects of weather as vinyl. Additionally, vinyl is mould- and mildew-resistant.
Brick edges out vinyl because it can actually contribute greatly to the stability, safety and strength of the building because it’s a hard, heavy material. It can also add protection from extreme heat and cold weather. Vinyl can also contribute to indoor temperature regulation, but insulation has to be installed under it.
Vinyl gains the lead here again because brick often uses caustic material for installation. Meanwhile, vinyl does not, and on top of that, it’s a recyclable material and it uses fewer resources to produce.
Brick has always been known to boost the market value of buildings. However, vinyl cladding is proving to be the more ideal choice for many property owners.Its value contribution lies in its flexibility in design because it really comes in such a vast range, which means it can be used in all styles of homes. Plus, it’s a kind of material that can be mixed and matched with others to achieve an entirely unique appearance.