Fired clay, aka Brick, dates back to the colonial America as an exterior cladding for homes and buildings. Its durability is well known, lasting over a hundred years on average. Being typically made up of clay, cement, and gravel, it is the quintessential masonry material for construction.
When brick is used in constructing a home, it provides structure to the frame. This however is not the same as using brick strictly as a siding material. When using brick as siding, a full layer of brick is added around the walls of the house. Thin brick may also be used, though it is obviously not as durable.
The average cost per sq. ft. for brick siding is $14.50 to $25.00 installed. Some thin brick options may be below that range. On a typical two-bedroom American home with 2,000 sq.ft. of siding, the overall cost can range from $29,000 to $50,000. This is among the more expensive siding options, but its value and longevity certainly help offset some of that higher initial cost.
Brick also has among the highest return on investment. On the low end, ROI is 83% and can go as high as 92% depending on the location.