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Js, Home Buyer in 07751

What is the difference between brick facade and the vinyl facade?

Asked by Js, 07751 Sun Aug 1, 2010

What is the difference between brick facade and the vinyl facade?

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Hi Js
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
(732) 232-5277 .
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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
Coldwell Banker
Web Reference: http://www.PatrizioRE.com
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Previous replies should have answered your basic question from the standpoints of how these materials differ physically, cost-wise, and how owners favor brick facades over vinyl. Marlene La Mura’s reply may lead you to believe that tax assessors add value for brick facades for no apparent reason, which in not the case. Tax assessors that assign a greater value to brick façade have probably done so after considering:

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 (doesn’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 façade and the other does not. Ian Wolf put is well when he said “think hardwood flooring as opposed to carpet.”

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.
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I think of a building's "facade" as being something elegant, for which brick is certainly appropriate.

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.
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Brick Front on a 3,000 sq' home about $ 18,000. on @5,000 sq' $$25,000 ball park. Energy savings will help pay for it. What would you like to see as you drive in the driveway for the next 10 or 20 years.
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Difference in materials and cost. Vinyl being cheaper and less sought after. Really this is a owners preference thing.
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Hi Js. I was a general contractor for many years in NJ so here's my two cents. A true brick facade or exterior will cost more money and take a little longer to do. But there's just no comparison with vinyl. When I refer to brick, I mean real brick, not something man-made or PVC made to look like brick. Brick will last longer and insulate better and definitely raise the value of your home more than vinyl. In my opinion, vinyl is horrendous. It's PVC and usually used because it's the cheapest solution for the exterior of a home. The manufacturers try to make it look like 'painted wood', but there's no chance, never happens. It looks like siding, period.

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
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I see my colleagues have provided you with invaluable information, but have left out one important consideration. In Europe, as well as in most parts of the world, brick, as wells as various types of cinder block, provides fantastic insulation and is impervious to damage. It creates a pleasant atmosphere, controls temperature fluctuations and helps conserve energy. Most savvy homebuyers are willing to pay a bit more for a brick facade. Of course a solid brick/cinderblock wall is even more efficient---and costly. Having but one facade surfaced with brick will not significantly result in energy savings. All four walls would have to be so surfaced. One more factor: the brick facade is virtually maintenance free. An occasional powerwashing every few years suffices. Vinyl is an artificial material, but last well over time. Those sandwiched with additional insulation can provide a major energy cost savings.

Good luck in your home purchase,

Jerald Goldstein
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Typically, brick is considered more luxurious and would be an upgrade if you were building a home. One should be careful to not over improve any home for the area and should use products, materials, and finishes that are in line with the local inventory. Once you do brick it is difficult to change. However, vinyl can be easily swapped out for other colors and finishes. Think hardwood flooring as opposed to carpet. Hope that helps.
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As Bill says, it means when you look at one, you see a brick building. When you look at another, you see one with vinyl siding.

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.
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Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Fairfax, VA

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.
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