You’ve already decided to avoid a wood or vinyl exterior to your home. Installing either Hardiplank or brick veneer to the exterior surface of your house will increase resale value, but knowing which one is the best for your specific home is tricky. Examine the pros and cons of both materials in the context of the following categories to help make your decision.
Although both Hardiplank and brick veneer can be installed by a homeowner without professional help, Hardiplank is by far the easier material to install for someone without experience using either of the two materials. Not only must you install many small pieces when applying brick veneer, but you must also allow the thinset to cure and apply mortar around the veneer to give the appearance of real brick.
In contrast, installing Hardiplank is like installing other siding products. Simply adhere the siding to the wall, then caulk any gaps to prevent moisture damage. For many diy homeowners, Hardiplank is the better choice. However, if you do install Hardiplank, be sure to wear a face mask to protect yourself from the silica dust that is created while cutting boards.
If your primary concern is durability, brick is the best option. Although Hardiplank and other fiber cement siding products will probably last the lifetime of your home, brick is better suited to withstand extreme weather conditions and other issues of durability. Also, because brick is not painted, chances are you will do fewer repairs over the years.
Brick wins in the maintenance category. Washing it once a year with your garden hose is usually sufficient, while fiber cement products like Hardiplank should be painted every 5 years or so. Check with the manufacturer for recommendations if you buy your siding pre-painted.
Brick is roughly four times the cost of Hardiplank or another type of fiber cement siding. However, a brick exterior may lead to a slightly higher resale value than Hardiplank would yield. Speak to a realtor and take a look at the other homes in your neighborhood to determine if brick is a wise investment.