Brick or Wood — What Kind of Home is Better?

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When you’re buying a home, you have many decisions to make. Figuring out how much space you need, what neighbourhood to live in, and other features you need in a home are just the beginning.

But while you’re searching for a house for sale, have you thought about the material your home should be made up? Is a brick home better for you and your family, or is a wood one better? Here are a few things to look at to make that decision.

 

Quality

First of all, if you’re choosing a brick home, you’ll want to make sure that the bricks are made from of good quality and not cheap, porous brick. A cheaper brick may crumble and crack over time and very likely let moisture in.

Wood quality needs to be checked as well. There are different types of wood used to build a home, and some are a bit stronger and more resistant than others.

In other words, it’s important to know exactly what types of materials your potential home is made of.

 

Affordability

Wood is typically cheaper to buy and build with, therefore, wood homes are usually less expensive than brick ones when you compare similar homes in a similar housing market.

However, while brick homes may be a bit pricier, they generally come with a higher resale value.

 

Maintenance

Wood homes will almost always need more maintenance and ongoing upkeep than brick houses as the years go on. Scraping, painting and fixing cracks are just some of the things you’ll need to take care of, which can add up to a lot of time and money invested.

Depending on the area you live in, you may need to treat the outside of your wood home, which can require a chemical compound to protect it against bugs as well as weather damage.

Now, brick isn’t bulletproof, either. It can be a bit more vulnerable to moss and even mould, and this can require some maintenance as well.

 

Comfort

Of course, you can get well-insulated wood houses, but in general, you’ll find that brick houses retain the heat a little better. Plus, you won’t have to worry about those cold drafts blowing in.

On the flip side, wood homes can provide more of an air conditioning feel in the hot summertime, not to mention the fact that it absorbs humidity.

 

Safety

Wood is…well, wood, meaning it can burn , while brick is practically a fireproof material.

Also, in a major storm, brick can withstand much more damage than wood can. Heavy rains, branches, and other harsh damage is little match for a brick house.

 

Renovations

As we’ve said before, brick is quite a bit more expensive but also more durable. So, as you can imagine, it can be quite difficult to dismantle part or all of a brick home in order to do some additions or major home renovations.

Wood, on the other hand, is very easy to work with when it comes to doing home renovations. It’s easier to add onto or reconstruct part of a home using wood as it’s more flexible, less expensive, and faster to build with than brick.

 

Still Confused?

When you use a qualified MLS REALTOR®, like us at the Garman Group, to help you navigate the housing market, we’ll help you weigh the pros and cons of home materials and everything else you need to know when looking at houses for sale. We’ll make sure you get a home which is safe and secure for you and your family.