How brick veneer affects your siding cost
Brick veneer can be a great way to add an accent to a vinyl, fiber cement, or wood sided home and it's also handy for breaking up a large expanse of a single color on an exterior elevation. But brick is very different from other types of siding--how can you determine how many you'll need, and how do you calculate the siding cost? Estimating brick veneer quantities and pricing may seem complicated, but by using a few simple formulas you'll be figuring your approximate costs like a professional.
Easy tips for estimating your brick veneer siding cost
There are two primary methods for purchasing brick for your home--from a distributor or from a brick mason who is going to install the material. If you're purchasing your brick from a mason, you should still figure how much material the project may take so you can compare bids from at least three contractors. Brick pricing can vary quite a bit based on the style you choose, but the material is almost always priced per thousand brick when you purchase from a distributor. A few tips for estimating your quantities and costs:
- Quantity--there are several common brick sizes for residential use, but the most popular is called Modular size. It should take just under seven Modular brick per square foot of wall coverage on your home. A lot of brick can be wasted during installation--some manufacturers recommend figuring a waste factor of 10-15 percent.
- Material Price--the range can vary but $275 to $350 per thousand is a good average for estimation purposes.
- Labor Price--jobsite conditions can have a big affect on this cost, but about $7 per square foot is a good average to use.
Add in your seven bags of mortar and one ton of sand per 1000 brick and you should have a pretty good idea of what your brick siding might cost.