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Difference Between Brick Veneer and Double Brick

Brick veneer

One of the oldest building materials that is still commonly used in construction are bricks, but many don’t realise that there are two different options for creating the same appearance — brick veneer and double brick.

Both are similar in materials and structure but differ in construction usage. We are going to outline the difference between double brick and brick veneer as well as the pros and cons associated with each option.

What is the difference?

The primary difference between double brick and brick veneer is that double brick is part of the overall structural system while brick veneer gives the appearance of a solid brick structure, however it does not provide structural support. Instead the building is still built using timber or steel framing, but 'faced' with bricks. 

Brick Veneer

Contrary to popular belief, brick veneer is not composed of thin pieces of brick. Properties that utilise brick veneer look almost identical to solid brick structures, except that they are built using different techniques.

Brick veneer offers sophisticated appeal paired with minimal maintenance requirements. But before you make a final decision regarding your new construction project or home purchase, it’s essential to consider a few things about brick veneer.

Brick Veneer Pros

Brick veneer allows you to reap many of the benefits associated with brick construction without the need to invest in double brick building projects. In terms of value, brick veneer is generally less costly compared to double brick. The brick exterior allows the house to have a solid artistic look, and it is easy to make alterations and renovations to internal walls. The cavity between the veneer and frame makes adding insulation very easy as well.

Because brick veneer is quite a lightweight material, the foundation building and support systems aren’t subjected to such heavyweight and don’t require extensive footing systems.

Brick Veneer Cons

Brick veneer does not provide the best level of thermal transmission, and it can be quite noisy when touching internal walls. Also, because timber bracing and framing will still be used extensively in the building process, there is a higher chance of termite attack and other timber pests.

Double Brick

Double brick construction consists of two panels of masonry which can be made of clay bricks, cement bricks, and concrete blocks. The outer layer can be rendered masonry or face brick with no need to render.

Double Brick Pros

Double brick allows solid construction which has little maintenance over time. It also offers durable structures in the event of a natural disaster, violent storm, or exposure to the elements over many years.

Excellent sound insulation is also guaranteed due to the thickness of the bricks, so fewer noise complaints from room to room or house to house in medium to high-density developments. Properties that are made of double brick are not prone to damage by timber pests, including termites.

Double Brick Cons

Double brick construction can be significantly more expensive than other methods as it involves material and labour cost. It might take a long time to build a double brick property, and it does not provide the flexibility to make variations in the design once you build it.

The double brick walls also occupy a lot of space and can crack over time. It would be very costly to maintain. Home extensions and remodeling projects can be a bit more complicated due to the nature of double brick construction, as well.

Other Options

Each type of bricks has its own environmental and economic benefits. It is necessary to understand the purpose of choosing the right blocks and materials in building a house. There are also other options, such as Solid Brick and Reverse Brick Veneer.

The solid brick option delivers good loadbearing capacity to provide a unique combination of structural, thermal and aesthetic benefits while the reverse brick veneer that can produce high performing buildings with lower than average energy demands for both heating and cooling.

Twin Cities Building and Pest Inspection

It's important to know the difference between double brick and brick veneer when purchasing a property as the potential maintenance costs can vary greatly between the two. Our professional inspectors will be able to let you know what the prospective property was constructed with during your Building and Pest Inspection.

Call TCBPI today at 07 4723 2770 or enquire online to know more about how these building materials can affect your property.