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Brick Home vs. a Traditional Wood Construction

By Tabitha Naylor

When looking to buy or build a home in the state of Pennsylvania, homeowners often choose between wood and brick. The effects of PVC siding on the environment and on health pose concerns for many homeowners. Choosing between wood and brick when building a home is an important aspect of owning a home because it affects the long-term durability of the structure. Wood tends to be the cheaper construction option but homeowners recognize the risks of termite damage and other stability concerns. Brick is a more expensive upfront investment but it also provides more functionality and long- term structural stability. Building using logs is a tradition that has been passed on for generations in Pennsylvania State. A log building can be termed as a structure whose walls consist of horizontally laid and vertically positioned logs that are well preserved to maintain the strength of the building. Choosing the right material for building, or renovating a house forms the foundation for the structural stability, comfort and aesthetic look of your home. Below is a comparison of the benefits of building using bricks and using traditional wood.

Weather concerns

Brick homes are possess many benefits to the homeowner. For example, they are capable of withstanding harsh weather conditions such as heavy rains and high temperatures. Brick contains thermal qualities that make it very effective in terms of storing heat and keeping the room cool during the hot season reducing energy costs. During the winter, bricks have the ability to store heat and distribute it throughout the house as required. Wood lacks these properties and if the house is not properly insulated and heated during the winter the home can feel very cold and damp. During the summer when the weather is extremely hot, logs heat up making rooms unbearably hot.

Maintenance

Bricks do not require much maintenance since they are able to withstand most weather conditions that cause wear and tear on buildings. Maintenance can be done using a hose to wash done the bricks occasionally. If a brick or stone wall needs minor repairs, a little cement and sand are often the only thing you need to fix the problem. In the case of wood, regular inspections and maintenance are important to prevent attacks from pests like termites that weaken wood. Wood should be kept as dry as possible to prevent rotting and weakening. Wood also requires painting to preserve the quality and look of the wood. Wood structures cannot withstand severe storms and floods as well as stone or brick buildings and many can be destroyed as the result of a flood or severe storm, hurricane or tornado.

Market Value

Brick buildings tend to sell for higher prices when it comes on the real estate market because brick is reliable and able to withstand strong winds, especially in areas like Pennsylvania that have unpredictable weather patterns. Brick material attracts many investors due to its durability. Insurance rates for wood houses tend to be higher because they are prone to risks such as fires and are not resistant to strong winds and storms.

Aesthetic value

Bricks or stone add artistic beauty to a home, it creates an appealing sophisticated allure that is attractive to investors. It also gives a sense of security to the house. Wood on the other hand can be painted a myriad of different colors providing flexibility and a broad color palette to choose from depending on the neighborhood you choose to live in. Natural wood and logs also provide that woodsy, outdoor appeal and are especially appropriate for more rural settings.

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