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Does the selection of mortar color matter when I select my brick?

Yes. Mortar is nearly 20% of your wall and will make a big difference in the overall look

How are brick priced?

They are priced per 1,000 pieces, although they are packaged in smaller quantities due to the weight of the brick.

How many brick will I need?

First. determine how many square feet you are covering with brick, then select a brick size from the table below. Multiply the total number of square feet by the brick needed per square foot, and divide by .95 to allow for breakage.

Size Brick per square foot
King Size 4.80
Builders Special 5.33
Modular 6.85
Colonial 4.90
Queen Size 5.20

Why did I find broken units in our brick that just got delivered?

ASTM standards for the brick industry allow for up to 5% breakage. Often the price quoted by your sales rep calculates a certain loss factor before you even receive the material. In many cases, the broken brick can be used around doors and windows where brick of less than full length are needed

What does residential brick masonry cost?

It varies, but generally along these lines. Residential brick masonry labor costs about $425 to $500 per thousand brick for flat walls. That includes buff or grey mortar, sand and brick ties. Arches, chimney details, decorative designs and rowlocks add a small amount to that. The necessity for bond beams or steel reinforced areas may increase costs. Every proposal generated needs to be done from a set of plans. The brick itself usually runs around $400 - $600 per thousand.

What does stone masonry cost?

It varies depending if it on a flat surface, such as a lead walk, or a wall. A lead walk costs about $7.00/ft for labor only. A wall costs about $8.00/ft for labor only. That includes sand, mortar and wall ties. The stone itself typically costs about $110/ton to $150/ton. If the stone has to be worked a great deal, as in cut or chisseled excessively, than one can expect to pay a dollar or two more per foot. Coursed stone (laid in rows) can be laid in running bond (stagger-staged on top of one another), stacked bond (one stone lays exactly on top of another with matching edges) or cobbled (mixed pieces of varying sizes places together in varying ways-old eurpose style).

What does stucco cost?

It depends on the finish and thinkness of the stucco. A two coat stucco veneer (brown and finish coats - 3/8" to 1/2") runs about $5.50 to $6.00 per square foot for a substantial size home. The larger the job, the less cost per foot. A traditional three coat stucco job (scratch, brown and finish - 3/4" to 7/8") rruns about $6.50- $6.75 per foot for flat walls. Add to that about the same amount per foot for trim and details. Architectural implements such a half and full columns, quoins and crown are individually priced, according to size. The finish coat of traditional stucco incorporates an elastomeric agent to offset the hard/brittle nature of the concrete aspect of the veneer.

What is the difference between a commercial mason and a residential mason?

General contractors of commercial construction projects know there is a huge difference between residential versus commercial grade masons. The difference is experience, planning, resources, staffing, production, testing and certainly expectations. When building walls hundreds of feet long and high, it is imperative to construct straight courses, consistent grout lines and perfectly flat walls. Structural walls must be built exactly to plan utilizing bond beams, reinforced steel and concrete that meets architectural specifications. Commercial stucco and stone masons must posses the field experience to quickly create solutions to unforseen field variances that the general contractor, architect and building owner are comfortable with, and that don't prohibit progress.

What does commercial masonry cost?

It varies, but generally along these lines. Commercial masonry labor costs about $675 to $800 per thousand brick. The necessity for bond beams or steel reinforced areas may increase costs. Every proposal generated needs to be done from a set of plans. The brick itself usually runs around $400 - $600 per thousand.

What is synthetic stucco or EIFS.

EIFS stands for Exterior Insulation and Finish System. EIFS and Synthetic stucco are the same thing. EIFS uses mechanically fastened foam panels of varying thinkness as the base element for the a covering of mesh, base and finish coats. The finish coat incorporates an acrylic element to add rigidity and integrity to the softer nature of eps foam. Properly installed, EIFS is a waterproof system and offers better insulation than traditional stucco. Stucco practioneers can use foam (EPS) shapes to create a variety of forms such as crown molding, window trim, arches, keystones, quoins and columns. EIFS is also the green choice in facades. EIFS uses less concrete than traditional stucco which is helps our environment and landfills. It can also save you up to 10% in your annual energy cost compared to brick, stone and traditional stucco. Three of the more reputable manufacturers of EIFS solutions are EZ Wall, Sto-Corp and Dryvit.

To learn more:
Click here to download Green Choice EIFS Remodel Brochure.
Click here to download an EIFS Case Study.

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