You must have heard about brickwork – a term which is used so often when it comes to construction – but do you know the difference between solid brick and brick veneer structures? Same construction materials are used in both forms but they are different when it comes to the techniques of installation.
Solid brick or double-brick or solid masonry houses as they are known are made from either double layers of brick or a single concrete block layer and an adjacent brick layer on the exterior. The brick forms the entire building’s structural backbone and their weakening would affect the building’s structure. Make use of a reputed builders service to get a strong home.
Brick veneer, on the other hand, is not made of thin brick pieces and houses made of it look same as those made of solid brick. The only difference lies in the technique to build them. Under this technique, the construction is made of framing of steel and wood and it is covered with a sheathing of wood. One layer of brick is constructed near each exterior wall and it is attached to the house with metal links. One advantage of veneer brick is that it is not associated with the house’s structural load and hence the house will suffer little damage if the bricks are removed. Older houses are solid-brick construction than brick veneers.
Installation process: There is no difference in the type of brick used in solid brick and veneer brick technology and the distinct style can be seen only during installation.
About installation of bricks:
Header bricks: These look smaller than others but actually they are not. The size looks smaller only when they are laid sideways. The header bricks become the bridge between the outer and inner layers (wythe) and holds the two together as the wall grows taller. Generally, header bricks are found in every sixth row in several solid masonry constructions but that is not to say that other patterns are not possible. Sometimes metal ties are used to hold the layers together and that makes a header brick redundant. The constructed wall looks like a veneer in this case.
What are the benefits?
There are certain advantages of both sold bricks and brick veneer.
Durability: Solid brick is more stable against natural forces like earthquake or storm and hence can last over even centuries. The fact that it has no wood-framing system inside also protects it against termites and hence, decay. But that is not to say that brick veneer doesn’t last.
Easy to install: Brick veneer is easier for installation for there is less masonry and also more affordable. Unlike the heavy solid bricks that also require a strong foundation, brick veneer can be established on a simple foundation.
Fancy: The brick veneer certainly looks fancier and requires little or no maintenance.