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7 Things to Consider Before Selecting Exterior Brick

del prete masonry before selecting exterior brick

There are numerous factors to consider before selecting exterior brick.

Exterior bricks adorn the outside of a building and are used to make a wall, pathway, pillars, and more. As one of the most long-lasting building materials, brick provides endless options and can withstand many decades. For these reasons, brick is a common building material for exterior and interior projects. Are you thinking about adding exterior brick to your corporate location? If so, there are numerous factors to consider before selecting exterior brick.

Are All Exterior Bricks Created the Same?

So, not all bricks are made equally. Some of these bricks are of higher quality than others. The color of bricks can also differ from the quality. Since the coloring of the bricks can vary, each stack has a unique appearance and beauty. So, what should you consider before selecting exterior brick for your commercial location?

Size of Bricks

Before selecting exterior brick, remember that bricks vary in size. Do you prefer large or small bricks? Larger bricks provide a nice appearance and a quick installation because it takes fewer bricks to fill up.

Location of Bricks

Local bricks might or might not be less affordable, but the quality is more essential than price when purchasing durable bricks. So, longevity will differ based on where the bricks are made. When bricks are created from less substantial clay materials, they tend to break down easily or form white lines due to moisture exposure.

Distinct Bricks

You will produce an eye-catching wall or other exterior feature if you search long and hard to find a unique set of bricks. Yet, it will be complex when a brick or two needs replacement due to water damage or mortar problems. Even plain bricks are hard to complement. Thus, unique bricks will be a struggle to match. If you must have different bricks, we suggest purchasing extra to store somewhere safe from all the elements!

Complementing Bricks and Stone

It would be best not to attempt and match the brick to the stone exactly when integrating brick with other building materials like stone. Otherwise, the two may look awkward side by side. Instead, go for bricks that vary but still complement the surrounding stonework.

The Color of Bricks

Furthermore, all of your bricks don’t need the same color. Before selecting exterior brick for your commercial building, mix and match contrasting shades of brick for a look that pops. So, consider your choices and how each shade will appear with the surrounding colors. This includes the structure and natural landscapes.

Importance of Details

Exterior bricks can be plain or have unique detailing that makes them stand out aesthetically. The trim on the brick corners or a distinct arch walkway made of bricks can add a unique appeal to an ordinary property.

Mortar is Also Essential

Mortar is also a crucial element that will influence how your final project turns out since it makes up 20% of any brick surface. Also, did you know that various types and colors of mortar can shift the whole appearance of exterior brick? Since mortar colors differ significantly, you should carefully choose your mortar to match the bricks. As a result, this will provide the appearance and style you want!


Whether you are ready to start your next masonry project or are still hesitant and have questions, Del Prete Masonry is here to help. We have the experience and expertise to get it right the first time. Questions? Want to visit some of our residential or commercial projects? Ready to set up a consultation? Feel free to give us a call at 410-683-0650 or visit us online. We are happy to serve Baltimore City and County, Harford County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel County, and Howard County. To see examples of our work and to keep up with our new and exciting projects, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

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