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Cost of Brick and Stone Veneer Installation

The cost of brick and stone siding will increase or decrease based upon a number of factors. This article is intended to provide you a checklist of questions to ask yourself and your contractor.

This key will serve as your guide:
$0 = no additional cost
$ = standard cost
$$ = increased cost.

Will the brick or stone be installed indoors or outdoors?

$ - When the brick or stone is installed inside of the home.

$$ - When the brick or stone is installed outdoors. (Extra precautions need to be taken in order to protect the brick or stone from damage from water or wind.)

What is the size of the project?

$ - When covering a fireplace or installing a backsplash indoors.

$$ - When installing brick or stone veneer over an entryway, column, or outdoor fireplace.

$$ - When the whole house is covered with brick or stone veneer.

How many stories is the home?

$ - When the home is one story and scaffolding does not need to be used.

$$ - When the home is two stories or more and scaffolding will be used to install the brick or stone veneer.

What type of material will be used?

$ - When manufactured brick or cultured stone is used.

$$ - When full stone or full brick veneer is used.

$$ - When thin brick or thin stone veneer is used.

Will the existing siding need to be removed?

$0 – When no siding needs to be removed.

$$ - When the existing siding needs to be taken down prior to installation.

What type of preparation does the wall need?

$ - When no preparation is needed.

$$ - When a layer of moisture barrier needs to be used.

$$ - When a layer of steel lath or panel is used to guide the installation.

How far away does the material need to be delivered?

$ - When the material and/or labor is local.

$$ - When the material needs to be special ordered or delivered long distance.

Is the home being covered architecturally complex or does the home have a unique layout?

$ - When it is a standard, two story home.

$$ - When there are complex features or the home has a unique layout.

Will the stones or bricks be stacked or mortared?

$ - When bricks or stones are mortared. (Although, this may increase the cost of labor.)

$$ - When bricks or stones are dry stacked. (This can require 30% more product.)

Ask the Pro:

1. How long do you expect the installation to take?

2. What type of stone or brick do you recommend?

3. Does the existing siding need to be removed?

4. Is it necessary to install a moisture barrier?

5. Are you and your crew licensed and insured?

6. Does the brick or stone veneer come with a warranty?

7. Does the cost estimate include cleanup and all materials?

8. Does the quote include permit inspection fees (if applicable)?

9. What type of maintenance does the brick or stone require?

10. How will the weather affect the siding?

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