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Brick by Brick to a Beautifully Sided Home
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Bricks - A Long History

Tigris River in southern Turkey

The Tigris and Euphrates River has been known as "the Cradle of Civilization." The first bricks appeared around 7000 B.C. near the Tigris River in southern Turkey.

The solid structure of bricks and lasting durability encouraged the use of bricks at the earliest times in history.

In the US, bricks were used mainly for fireplaces to keep families warm in cold Colonial winters. As the population of settlers grew, immigrant masons and bricklayers began to flourish and brick industries provided jobs for the new world inhabitants.

Brick Siding - A Valuable Investment

brick house For home and commercial building owners, brick siding is a statement of permanence. Some consider it a sign of stability and of lasting commitment. It is certain that brick siding is one of the most durable exterior finishes. It is also one of the most expensive, depending on the types of bricks chosen. For homeowners considering brick siding, there are several types of bricks. These include concrete and several types of clay bricks like:

  • Fly ash clay
  • Burnt clay
  • Fire clay
  • Sand lime clay

Bricks used for siding is fired in industrial kilns. However, it is the composition of materials in bricks that determine their specific use. For example, a fireplace interior flue chamber would require fire clay bricks due to their imperviousness to heat.

Bricks fired in a kiln develop in hardness according to kiln temperatures. MyContractorList.com provides a number of experienced brick siding professionals for homeowners who may be considering an exterior re-facing project or replacement of existing siding.

Seek a Brick Expert on MyContractorList.com

Since there are many brick colors and types to choose from, a good source of assistance is found at www.MyContractorList.com. Modern homes choose brick siding in colors that include:

  • Red/Sienna
  • Brown
  • Black
  • Gray
  • Tan
  • White
  • Beige
  • Pink
  • Buff

In addition, there are heirloom bricks labeled "new used" brick in a blend of sienna, brown, white and red colors. Choose a brick siding expert from MyContractor.com and discuss brick siding patterns that can be created using several different types of bricks and brick colors. For example, a black, grey and white pattern might suit a modern style home.

brick home

The exterior of a home is more attractive when the brick siding pattern is unique. Try to match driveway pavers and retaining walls to the home's brick siding pattern for a well coordinated look. To find a brick siding expert today, visit MycontractorList.com.

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