Brick or Block? Which to choose for your extension?

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If you’re planning a Rear extension planning, one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is what material to use. Two of the most popular choices are brick and block, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. In this article, we’ll explore the differences between brick and block, so you can make an informed decision.

It’s a tough one, I will tell you that…but let’s get right into it.

Advantages of Brick

  • Durability – Brick is extremely durable and long-lasting, able to withstand harsh weather conditions and extreme temperatures.
  • Low Maintenance – Brick is virtually maintenance-free, and only requires occasional cleaning.
  • Energy Efficiency – Brick is an excellent insulator, helping to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
  • Aesthetics – Brick offers a wide range of colors, textures, and patterns, making it a versatile and attractive option for any home.

Disadvantages of Brick:

  • Cost – Brick can be more expensive than block, especially if you want to achieve a certain design or finish.
  • Installation Time – Brick requires skilled labor and can take longer to install than block, which can lead to higher labor costs.
  • Let us now quickly explore the pros and cons of block

Advantages of Block:

Block is a more modern building material and is often used for commercial buildings and modern homes. It has many benefits, such as:

    • Cost – Block is generally less expensive than brick, making it a popular choice for those on a budget.

    • Speed of Installation – Blocks can be installed quickly, which can save you time and money on labor costs.

  • Flexibility – Block can be used to achieve a wide range of designs and finishes, making it a versatile option.

Disadvantages of Brick:

    • Aesthetics – Block is not as attractive as brick, and may not be the best option if you want a certain look or style for your extension.

  • Insulation – Block is not as good an insulator as brick, which could result in higher energy costs.

Differences Between Brick and Block

One of the biggest differences between brick and block is their appearance. Brick has a traditional, classic look, which can give your extension a timeless feel. Block, on the other hand, has a more modern look, which may be more suitable for contemporary homes.

Another difference is their insulation properties. While both materials are good at retaining heat, brick is better at regulating temperature, which means it can help keep your extension cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Block, on the other hand, may require additional insulation to achieve the same level of thermal mass.

Finally, it’s worth considering the cost. Brick is generally more expensive than block, both in terms of material and labor costs. However, it may be a worthwhile investment if you’re looking for a material that will last for decades and add value to your home.

So what do you choose?  Brick or Block? Or Both?

So, which material should you choose for your rear extension? Ultimately, it depends on your personal preferences and budget. If you’re looking for a traditional, timeless look and don’t mind spending a bit more, brick may be the way to go. If you prefer a more modern look and want to save some money, block may be the better choice. Whichever you choose, working with us as at MM Planning & Architecture,  we can help guide you through the process and ensure that your extension is built to last.

In Summary you need to evaluate the following factors;

    • Budget – If you have a limited budget, block may be the better option due to its lower cost.

    • Design – If you want a certain design or finish for your extension, brick may be the better option, as it offers a wider range of possibilities.

    • Energy Efficiency – If you want your extension to be energy efficient, brick may be the better option due to its superior insulation properties.

  • Aesthetics – If you want an attractive finish for your extension, brick may be the better option, as it offers a more traditional and classic look.

It’s always a good idea to consult with us. We can help guide you through the decision-making process and ensure that your extension meets your needs and preferences.



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