Concrete brick, or “Crick” is made from solid concrete and is used to cover the exterior of a home, to build fences or to accentuate the beauty of a home’s exterior. Bricks come in a variety of colors and styles making them the most popular exterior structural item. This type of brick tends to insulate a home more effectively and also provides better fire protection. They also make exterior home maintenance less strenuous and help to lower energy bills as a whole.
Crick or concrete brick comes in textured, sandblasted, stone, textured, rough or smooth finishes. Customized bricks also are available that match a homeowner’s specifications. This type of building material is become a popular alternative to other materials.
It’s important to note that these bricks aren’t fired and will not last as long as fired brick. As a result, crick is generally less expensive than brick. After sufficient weathering, small bits of the materials may begin to break off and some bricks may need to be replaced overtime. Other than that, these bricks can shrink overtime which will result in gaps in between bricks. This can allow water to seep into a home.
A professional contractor can discuss the pros and cons of concrete bricks in your home. They will explain the installation process, the costs and every important factor in deciding what material to build your new home with.