What Are The Benefits Of Brick Exteriors?

Friday 17th June 2022

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Brick is one of the most popular choices for property exteriors, and has been used for centuries in construction.

With this in mind, it is useful to know what some of the major benefits of having brickwork as your exterior are. For instance, it is a durable and low maintenance facade, as well as being weather and fire resistant.

As brick cleaning specialists, we can help you keep your brick in top condition. With our non-toxic and non-abrasive solutions and advanced technologies, we perform high quality cleans.

Energy efficient

Brickwork is known for being energy efficient, which is particularly advantageous in the winter months where you pay more to heat your house. The material is good at retaining heat due to its thermal mass, and could save you a penny on your winter energy costs.

As we go into summer, the reverse is also true. Heat from outside travels through brick slowly, helping keep your building cool. If you're looking to build or buy a home, this is something to consider.

Another layer of protection in winter comes in the form of insulation. The kind of insulation you go for will depend on many factors, but this can make energy bills cheaper as well.

If you are contemplating whether to have added insulation in your home, check out this article by EDF energy about its many benefits.

Manufactured from natural substances

To create brick, clay and shale are forged at high temperatures, and come in ample supply as natural substances of the earth.

Brickwork has a long lifespan, often centuries long. It can even be recycled to use in a new building project, making it a great sustainable option for buyers.

It is also a versatile substance in homes, used for driveways, patios and exterior buildings like sheds. When constructing a house, it can be cost saving if many of its different components can be created with the same material.

Another great thing about brickwork is that, because of its many uses, not much residue is left behind. This means that most of the material will be used for construction and not be disposed of unnecessarily.

If you're interested in the manufacturing process of clay brick, have a read of this information provided by the Brick Development Association. 

Fire and weather resistant

Due to being manufactured at high temperatures, brick is both fire and weather resistant. If you live in an area that is affected by windy and rainy temperatures, brickwork is a good option for the siding of your property.

Some insurance companies may even offer a reduction on your premium because it is made of brick. 

Though mortar can reduce the level of fire resistance in bricks, the substance remains invulnerable against the elements. It can even potentially reduce the harm caused if a fire were to break out.

For new homeowners or those looking to buy a property, the fact that brick is fire and weather resistant will help them feel more secure about the building. 

Durable and low maintenance

Brick doesn't require much maintenance and is very durable, an added benefit for homeowners. However, it is worth keeping the brickwork in good condition, as it will appeal to visitors when they arrive at the property. 

The test of a brick's longevity can be seen in many historical homes throughout the UK, which are still going strong. It is no, surprise then, that brick remains a popular choice in construction.

Thanks to its durability, brickwork will remain in a good state so long as it is carefully maintained. It is wise to check the facade for any signs of cracks in the foundation or damage to the brickwork at regular intervals to spot any damage early. 

If you notice potential issues with the brick, you may need re-pointing completed or a professional come out to diagnose and fix the problem before it gets worse.

Our diverse offering

To help keep your wider property in top condition, have a look at some of the other services we provide:

TORIK system

Our preferred method for brick cleaning is the TORIK system. This works by releasing a controllable flow of high-heated water through a heat-resistant nozzle. 

It dries immediately once applied, and can remove even the toughest of stains from surfaces. For instance, it can rid walls of:

  • Pigeon guano
  • Graffiti
  • Biological growth
  • Oil

This, coupled with the industry expertise of our technicians, means we hold a 100% success rate on all of our brick cleaning services. 

Accreditations

At ICE Cleaning, we're proud to hold accreditations with several industry-leading organisations. This includes with:

Our technicians follow stringent safety regulations throughout the clean to protect the health of all parties involved. Customer and staff safety is always our priority,

Additionally, being in possession of an IPAF license gives us the ability to work safely at height. This is often necessary in brick cleaning, where dirt and grime can build-up in hard-to-reach areas.

Get in touch

Contact our friendly support team today on 0208 066 0360 or enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk to learn more about our brick cleaning services. Operating 24/7, 365 days a year, we're always on hand to help you.

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