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What is the average life expectancy of brick?
Friday, December 20, 2019
How long does brick last?
Brick can be expected to last for the life of the house,100 years or more. And with repointing of the mortar as needed, plus other regular maintenance, it is possible for a brick structure to survive for hundreds of years.
But there are multiple problems that can arise to shorten the life of a brick structure, or require extensive, costly repair. We have covered many of these issues in a series of blog posts listed below:
It’s also important to know that the brick wall of a house your are looking at may a solid brick structural wall or only brick used as siding over a wood stud framed wall. Visit our blog post Is a brick house sturdier than a wood frame house? to learn how to tell the difference.
And here’s a bar graph that compares the life expectancy of brick to other types of residential siding.
Go to our blog post What is the average lifespan of the parts of a house? for rating of other house components. To understand the basis, potential use, and limitations of lifespan ratings, see our blog post How accurate are the average life expectancy ratings of home components? Are they actually useful?
To learn more about exterior walls and structures, see these other blog posts:
NOTE: These life expectancies are based on data provided by InterNACHI, NAHB, FannieMae, and our own professional experience. Because of the numerous variables that can affect a lifespan, they should be used as rough guidelines only, and not relied upon as a warranty or guarantee of future performance.
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