The Basics of Brick Veneer

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Brick veneer offers the timeless beauty of traditional brick masonry, without the high costs or the complicated installation. In this article, we’ll look at the benefits of brick veneer and how to use this versatile material to enhance your building projects.

Brick veneer is one of our most popular materials, and it’s no secret why. It’s beautiful. It’s affordable. It’s versatile. It’s also easy to install and looks great for the long haul.

If you’re considering brick for your building project, but want to know a little bit more, you’ve come to the right place. We’re sharing what we love about this easy-to-use material as well as some insider tips we’ve picked up during our decades of working with architects, builders, and construction pros.

Let’s kick things off with a look at how brick veneer differs from traditional brick masonry.

What Is Brick Veneer?

While traditional brick masonry involves laying bricks one by one to create a solid structure, brick veneer uses just one layer of brick attached to an existing structure. In this way, brick veneer functions like siding, providing the look and feel of brick, without having to build from the ground up or blow your budget on full-bed brick.

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Graphic by Hebron Brick

The Benefits of Brick Veneer

Although the word “veneer” implies a decorative element, that doesn’t mean brick veneer is a shoddy substitute for the genuine article. Far from it. In fact, for modern building projects, brick veneer masonry is the preferred option, for a number of reasons.

  • Brick veneer provides superior insulation.
    When it comes to insulation, brick veneer beats solid brick hands down. Solid brick may stand up to the elements, but it doesn’t promote airflow or wick away water. Brick veneer does. Since it’s affixed to a structural wall, it creates a pocket of space that’s perfect for lining with soft, lightweight insulation to keep breezes out and moisture buildup at bay.
  • Brick veneer can be installed quickly.
    Because brick veneer masonry is attached in a single layer to existing walls and structures, it can be installed in a fraction of the time of traditional brickwork. It also requires very little drying time and doesn’t need finishing or polishing to complete the job.
  • Brick veneer is durable and long-lasting.
    Brick veneer retains its beauty and integrity for decades, even when exposed to extreme weather conditions.

Real Clay Brick Veneer

One of the best things about brick is that it comes in many different forms and styles. Variations range in type (from full brick to thin brick) and material (including real clay brick veneer and manufactured brick veneer). Design options also abound, from the stately and regal, like the King Crimson, to the rustic and retro, like Leo’s Pub. Your choice of brick veneer will come down to preference and the needs of your project. If you need help navigating your options, we recommend checking out our design inspiration page or reaching out to us directly.

For Your Next Build

Thinking about incorporating brick into your next building project? I-XL Building Products has been a leading supplier of well-priced, premium building materials in Canada for over a century, with dozens of beautiful brick veneer styles to choose from. Get in touch for a free quote today.

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