Timber frame housing is a popular building style and generally an effective method of building a home. However, brick and stone are traditional in some parts of the world and offer longevity, as well as better protection against the elements.
Severe weather systems are less likely to damage a brick or stone house than they are to damage, or even destroy, a timber built one.
The Difference Between Brick & Stone
Stone is literally large umps of stone that are placed together to create a strong outside wall. You generally need a stone mason to create the walls for you as it will take time and skill piecing different size pieces of rock together in the best possible fashion.
Cement is usually used to hold the rocks in place and you’ll be left with a very natural-looking, long-lasting home.
In contrast, there are two types of brick housing. The first is the classic brick veneer that is placed over a timber-framed house. In fact, this is effectively a type of cladding and you can choose from a wide range of options. A reputable vinyl cladding supplier will guide you through the process to ensure you get the right brick cladding for your home.
The alternative is to have a house built from brick. This is similar to a stone house except that all the bricks are the same shape and size. Once you have a solid foundation the bricks can be cemented on top of each other to create walls that are strong enough to support the roof and resist the weather.
It is common for brick-built houses to have two walls that are secured to each other with metal pins. These provide an air space that helps insulate your home.
Both brick and stone are impervious to fire, helping your home to stay stood upright even if others are burning down.
The biggest advantage of brick and stone exteriors is the fact that they’ll stand u so well to the elements. However, this type of building material is far more costly than a timber-framed house.
You also need to consider the fact that stone or brick does not flex, this could prove to be an issue in an earthquake zone as the tremors of the quake will pass through the building.
It’s also worth noting that brick and stone will last for hundreds of years but they will fade from the sun, wind, and rain. This will make it very difficult to match the exterior if you need to do repairs in the future.
It is also worth noting that brick is not waterproof, despite people assuming it is. If you’re using it to build your home you’ll need a moisture barrier separating the brick from the rest of your home.
If you’re considering building your own home, or are looking for practical cladding options then brick or stone is a viable option and one that is well worth considering.