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Question DetailsAsked on 5/15/2013

Is it possible and how much does it cost to replace an existing brick front home with new brick?

I am interested in buying a two story home with a partial brick front, but hate the brick. It would dramatically change the look of the home if the brick was a different brick. I am not interested in painting it, just want to know if it's possible to change existing brick and how much it would cost. Thanks!

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You would have to have a mason look at it to give you an estimate - find references and reviews with the Search Now button at left.

The price will change radically depending on whether it is a structural brick wall, a grouted and reinforced brick facing, or just architectural brick facade, and how the brick lines up with the face of the structure, access, and whether it goes below ground level.

The short answer is yes it can be done - just a matter of how many $ you want to throw at it. An artificial stone or brick ("faux" or "cultured" stone or brick, like an exterior panelling - google it for pictures) panel facade can commonly be done for about $5-10/SF installed, a thin brick veneer architectural facade overlay (thin face-applied bricks, but individual pieces still) can run $10-20/SF as a rough number, a full-depth brick facing replacement or overlay $20-40/SF, a structural brick wall replacement (you do NOT want to try this except to replace a severely deteriorated wall) $50-100/SF. You can also replace or overlay it with stone products, although they commonly cost quite a bit more if real stone as they take more $ to produce and more time to install.

Remember the thinner the product, the more likely it is to buckle or peel with age. Also, you need to be VERY careful about surface prep and anchoring so a facade or overlay does not get water behind it and peel away (especially if you get freezing weather in your area). Also, proper flashing at the top of the facade to ensure runoff from higher up the wall does not get behind and run down behind it - the flashing and/or transition has to ensure water running down the wall gets out in front and clear of the facade BEFORE it reaches the top of it - mortar or caulk by itself will NOT do it.

I would recommend visiting your local stone and masonry dealer and box stores to look at the real and imitation materials to see what you like. You might also find a new home under construction or being shown that has a veneer product you can look at - these are real popular these days, and come in various materials including fibreglass, plastic, concrete etc. Then, once you have decided on a material and talk to contractors about bids.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD




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