I have looked at several nice victorian era row houses for sale in Washington, DC which had thier fronts brickfaced in the 50s or 60s over the original red brick. I greatly dislike the tacky faux brickfacing and was wondering if its possible to economically remove it and restore the original brick, or replace it with an acceptable brickface which would look like the original brick. These houses have stayed on the market I'm sure because of the ugly brickfacing. Thanks.
In my estimation Brickface is worse than paint, worse than just about anything. Brick should be repointed when it needs to be repointed not covered with some fake solution. Brickface makes historic brick buildings less breathable, more susceptible to moisture issues and brickface hides the faults of the building without addressing them. In my town lots of 19th century buildings received a white brickface rather than a repointing, they were sandblasted first... the damage is permanent. The solution is to remove brickface at great time expense and hope that the bricks are not damaged beyond the fire skin... It is really hard to know until you start chipping away. It is a bummer that this message is 4 years old... good luck on your project.
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