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Brick Masonry vs. Brick Veneer, What’s The Difference?

If you are thinking about a large home improvement project or you are in the process of building a house, it’s likely that you have heard of both masonry and brick veneer.

If you are thinking about a large home improvement project or you are in the process of building a house, it’s likely that you have heard of both masonry and brick veneer.

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Each of these construction materials has a place in both building and renovation, but many people are not exactly sure when masonry or solid brick is used and when a brick veneer is a better choice.

That’s where a masonry professional comes in. Our job is to both help you understand the qualities of the materials and decide which product you’d like to consider for your masonry project or home build.

What is Masonry?

In general terms, masonry describes a collection of building and construction products that are used in a structural sense. You will know these products as bricks, concrete, cinderblocks, and other products that are used to create the structure of an architectural project.

That project could be as large as a wall or building exterior and it could be as simple as a backyard brick fireplace. No matter the scale of the project, the masonry used will create the structure of the project.

Masonry is known by several other names, including brick masonry, solid brick masonry, block masonry, and double brick masonry.

These names typically all mean the same thing. The product being used literally is the walls or structure of the project. The masonry supports other elements of the project as well as supporting itself.

An easy to visualize example is a solid brick wall or cinderblock wall. It’s relatively easy to identify these products are real bricks. They are put together to form the structure of the building or architectural element.

What is Brick Veneer?

Brick veneer is fundamentally different than brick masonry. In the most basic of terms, brick veneer sits on the “face” of a structure. Brick veneer is not a structural product but is, instead, an aesthetic product. In other words, a brick veneer is used to achieve a specific “look.”

This look might not be easily achieved in any other way. For example, the brick veneer can be made to look like just about any brick, stone, or other hard elements. A structural wall might not be feasable or meet code by using stones in the way a veneer looks.

Brick veneer does not make up the structure but instead is placed on the surface of the structure to achieve a specific appearance.

Brick veneer gives homeowners and business owners a wide variety of choices for how their home or building will look. Far beyond the simple look of structural brick.

The best way to understand the difference between brick masonry and brick veneer is to think of it this way. Brick masonry supports the house or builing structurally, while the brick veneer is supported by the building.

Should I choose brick masonry or brick veneer for my project?

That’s a complex question because the answer is usually, “it depends.” j

It depends on the look you are trying to archive.

It depends on the scope of the project.

It depends on your budget.

With all of these dependencies, it’s a real challenge to say which product is right for your project. The easiest way to find out is to work with a masonry professional. One of the things we do best is to help our clients decide which products are right for their project and budget.

Give us a call at (516) 385-8564 to schedule a free, no-obligation meeting with one of our masonry experts.

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