It sounds like you are looking at to buy a new home which is very exciting & selecting options can become overwhelming. Homes with Brick or masonary facades such as Stucco usually are more expensive & retain a higher value over the long run in comparison to a home with a Vinly sidied facade. My best advice to you would be to select the style you love in the best location you can find & choose options within your budget.
If you need assistance I sell homes in this area and will be happy to help you.
Joan Congilose CRS, GRI,e-Pro
RE/MAX Central Manalapan
(732) 972-1000 ext:364
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I must concur with both Jerald and Scott in that the cost to maintain is somewhat equal, yet the Brick is said to provide better insulation.
Love and Peace,
Francesca Patrizio, ePro, SRES
1. The fact that a cost approach to value (current estimated construction cost less depreciation) assigns greater value to a brick facade. As others have pointed out, brick costs more per square foot of wall area covered and, more importantly, it is more labor intensive to construct;
2. Brick has a longer economic life (doesnâ€™t wear out as fast) and is relatively maintenance free;
3. Assessors can test the assignment of additional value to brick facades (and other construction characteristics and amenities) by comparing the sale prices of similar properties where the only difference is one sale had a brick faÃ§ade and the other does not. Ian Wolf put is well when he said â€œthink hardwood flooring as opposed to carpet.â€
Forget what you think you know about how properties are valued for property tax purposes. Assessors today gather, verify, and analyze real estate market activities in a professional manner. They continually ask themselves why the typical buyer of each type of property they assess attributes value to selling features (physical features as well as property rights) and then finds ways to accurately monitor and measure the trends of that market.
Vinyl isn't so much a "facade" as it is a siding - a cheap, relatively easy to install siding that is functional, and has absolutely no positive aesthetic value.
Almost always, the detailing on a brick-faced house will be superior - casings and sills are often removed during the installation of vinyl.
But, vinyl's cheaper.
If you're buying a home as an investment and intend on flipping, then I guess it really doesn't matter. But if you're going to live in it, brick is the way to go. You can always do the sides and rear in stucco or a man-made exterior finish like Dryvit: http://www.dryvit.com/home.asp?country_id=1 If you like this application enough and it fits into your neighborhood, you can also do the front exterior in it.
Scott Miller, Realty Associates, Boca Raton, FL
Good luck in your home purchase,
Regarding brick, you also have to check to see whether all four sides of the building have brick, or just the front. (Used to be, builders would do all four sides. But since that's more expensive, some cut back and just do brick on the front and vinyl on the other three sides.)
In some areas, brick is considered more desirable than vinyl.
Hope that helps.
It would appear that you are referring to two completely different building materials. Vinyl is a plastic material that comes in numerous colors that is normally applied over wood sheething. A brick facade would be a masonery product that would be available in any number of styles, shapes, and colors.