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Forum topic by mission76 posted 01-29-2010 08:52 PM 592 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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mission76

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01-29-2010 08:52 PM

Starting to look at purchasing my first home…I thought it was going to take awhile, but never realized how much this could take over your free time. Anyway, after getting preapproved I started looking within my price range and a lot of the houses have brick exteriors. Is the brick just for aesthetic purposes or does it actually have a role in the frame or support of a house? The homes are in Long Island NY and were built no sooner than 1950 if that makes a difference. The houses are not completly brick..brick goes up from ground about 6 feet where it’s replaced by some other sort of siding

Thanks to any replies…I regret now not paying attention in Carpentry class in High School during the house construction classes…used that whole year to make a grandfather clock!


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#1 posted 01-29-2010 09:02 PM

This type of construction is called “brick veneer”. The brick does, of course, function as part of the barrier between indoors and outdoors, but it does not provide any real structural support. In other words, if you removed all the bricks, the house would be in no danger of falling down.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 01-29-2010 09:04 PM

Thank you as I just realized I forgot to inculde why I cared so much! The brick look does not appeal to me and would replace it..just wanted to make sure I wouldn’t collapse the house while doing it. Thanks again

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#3 posted 01-29-2010 09:15 PM

I don’t think that would be a problem. But I would be sure to have someone knowledgeable about construction look at the house before you purchase it to give you some idea of the cost involved.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 01-29-2010 09:31 PM

I would doubt if the brick is structural. But houses can be built with concrete blocks.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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