Choosing Between Brick and Stucco For Your Renovation

If you're thinking of renovating or adding a new addition to your Edmonton home, then you'll likely have to ask yourself about what sort of material you'd like to use for your home's exterior. Brick and stucco are two popular options among homeowners, but how do you choose between the two?


Choosing Between Brick and Stucco for Your Renovation 


If you're thinking of renovating or adding a new addition to your Edmonton home, then you'll likely have to ask yourself about what sort of material you'd like to use for your home's exterior. Brick and stucco are two popular options among homeowners, but how do you choose between the two?

Both brick and stucco are composite materials. Brick is made out of a combination of carbonate iron, aluminum silicates, and clay, while stucco contains a mix of limestone, sand, and water.

Below are some of the pros and cons of choosing brick or stucco from the exterior stone and stucco contractors at Edmonton's Ultimate Renovations for your renovation project.

The Pros and Cons of Brick

One of the main benefits of brick is that it is a highly durable material which requires little-to-no maintenance. Brick is fire-resistant, making your home safer, and also very insulting, helping to decrease your energy bills. Many people choose brick not only for its durability, but also for its aesthetic, traditional appeal. There's no question that a well-installed, beautiful brick exterior has the ability to turn heads. Brick is also, on average, less expensive than stucco.

For all its pros, brick is not without a few cons that you should consider. For one, brick can be porous and may allow moisture to condense on the exterior sheathing of your home. Brick, while less expensive than stucco on the outset, can also be expensive to fix if damaged. Plus, matching the look of new brick to existing, weathered brick can be a challenge.

The Pros and Cons of Stucco

Stucco has many of the same pros as brick. It is durable, virtually maintenance-free, fire resistant, and has a long lifespan. Many homeowners appreciate the rustic look that stucco can give their home, as well as the numerous colors and dyes it can come in. When installed properly, stucco is essentially waterproof. Stucco is also a good insulator and useful during Edmonton's cold winter months.

Perhaps the biggest drawback of stucco is that it tends to be much more expensive than brick to install. Over time, stucco can also begin to develop cracks that need to be fixed in order to prevent more extensive damage. The good news is that, if caught early, patching cracks is an inexpensive and easy fix that can help extend the life of your stucco exterior for many more years.

Exterior Stone and Stucco Contractors in Edmonton

Ultimately, choosing between brick and stucco will come down to your personal style preferences and budgetary constraints. Both can be used effectively to create an appealing outer facade for your home. 

Consulting with the Edmonton exterior stone experts and stucco contractors at Ultimate Renovations is a great idea if you can't make up your mind or don't have much experience with home renovations.

Our team of home renovation experts is waiting to hear from you, so give us a call or an e-mail and we'll help you decide on the best solution for your needs.

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