Brickwork has proven itself to be a visually appealing and structurally sound building material for residential and commercial construction projects. However, when deciding how to use brick for construction, it is necessary to understand your two key options: a solid brick wall and a brick veneer wall. What are the key differences between these two brick types, and what is best for your construction project?
A brick veneer wall system uses a timber or steel frame as the internal structure with a brick cladding layer that acts as the skin of the building. The assumption is that brick veneer is composed of thin pieces of brick. A brick veneer wall will look almost identical to a solid brick wall. However, unlike a solid brick wall, the veneer does not provide structural support. All support comes from the steel or wooden frame. If the veneer was to be removed, it would not disrupt the structural integrity of the building.
The pros of building with a veneer are:
The cons of building with a veneer are:
Solid brick or double brick structures are typically built using two layers of brick. They provide the structural support for a building. An air gap or cavity usually separates the internal and external brick walls for insulation and thermal efficiency purposes. You choose to render the outer brick layer or opt for face brick for a more aesthetically pleasing look.
The pros of building with solid brick are:
The cons of building with solid brick are:
The best construction method is completely dependent on your project goals, budget and timelines. If you’re looking to build a solid structure that is durable against extreme weather events, then a double brick construction will work for you. If your goal is to minimise construction times then brick veneer is the best option. Our team at Solutions Built can help you determine which is best for your construction project.
Building with the highest quality masonry products and using experienced bricklayers will ensure the longevity of your project. Please get in touch with Solutions Built to discuss your construction needs, whether they are building a solid brick building, a brick veneer wall, or using one of our other construction methods like Hebel. You can contact us via email or phone.