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shampton

11:56AM | 07/09/01
Member Since: 07/08/01
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I am getting conflicting information regarding the ability to change the front facade of my home from vinyl siding to brick. The home is 5 years old, and is currently all vinyl. I would like to have the front of the house done in brick. Is this possible?

Any help is appreciated!

david_wv

02:34AM | 07/10/01
Member Since: 01/28/01
171 lifetime posts
Shampton - For a full sized brick facade, your house had to be built for it. The weight of the brick needs support from a step/ledge in the foundation.

You may be able to have a thin veneer mortared to the side of the house. The "brick" is less than 1/2" thick. I've also seen panels of brick faces but I don't know how realistic they look.

OFIC

05:49AM | 07/10/01
Member Since: 05/02/01
28 lifetime posts
Our house had hardboard siding on the front with stucco on the other three sides. I had the siding removed, a vapor barrier installed and bricks installed. Came out really great and no problems in the approximately 4 years since. There has to be a footer installed for the bricks then have the contractor tie the courses of bricks to the studs and have horizontal rebar installed in the bricks approximately every two feet attached to the ties. the rebar was 1/4 inch. According to the contractor this is the code requirements here in California with a seismic 4 requirement.

Good luck

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