Tips for Installing Exterior Brick Walls on Your Property

Tips for Installing Exterior Brick Walls on Your Property
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    Nothing can provide a home with a classic finish quite as well as brick accents or siding.

    This material, constructed to be incredibly durable and resistant to the elements, gives a property a traditional touch of color while protecting it in the roughest of conditions.

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For these reasons, brick remains one of the most popular materials in home renovation and construction to this day. However, their beauty does come at a price, as these walls can be both expensive and difficult to build.

So if you’re looking to incorporate this material somewhere on your property, use these tips for installing exterior brick walls.

Choose the Type of Brick You Want First

Though we all think of the reddish-brown color of burnt clay when talking about bricks, they actually come in many different types. These variations are dependent on the substances used in crafting them, and they provide the finished products with a multitude of benefits.

As such, before you take any further steps in the installation process, you need to be sure that you’ve chosen the right kind of brick for your home. Only then can you make the more involved decisions regarding where to put the wall and what its purpose will be.

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Remove Window and Door Moldings

Should you ultimately decide to install your brick as exterior siding, it’s important to mention that these surfaces take up a lot more space than your vinyl siding used to. Because of this, it’s in your best interest to remove the exterior door and window moldings at the same time you remove your siding.

Doing so keeps your newly laid brick from scraping against other areas of the home and damaging them. Additionally, this also makes it easier to see how much room the wall takes up so that you can purchase new moldings to accommodate it.

Repeatedly Level the Bricks as You Lay Them

Another crucial tip for installing exterior brick walls is to constantly check if your bricks are level as you lay them. Though you might feel like checking with your eyes will be enough, more often than not, homeowners tend to regret that decision once they see the finished product.

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Slanted brick walls are incredibly unattractive and very frustrating to look at after you spend an entire day working on them. Therefore, checking the level every few bricks or so can save you a lot of hard work and stress down the line.

Create Weep Holes for Proper Ventilation

Along with leveling your bricks during the laying process, it’s also important that you’re creating weep holes in the mortar as it dries. Since mortar isn’t as porous when wet as it is when it’s dry, establishing an effective form of ventilation is key to getting it to set and dry properly.

These holes allow more air to cycle through the mortar and help it dry more thoroughly. Some ways to create weep holes include cementing a small section of tubing every two feet along the wall or placing a cord in the mortar and removing it once set.

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