Want your patio or sidings to give off a classic vibe? Then try installing bricks in your house! Bricks are stylish, can fit into many designs, and easy to install. After the installation, you’re sure to achieve a classy and sturdy look for your house.
Well, installing bricks for your house involves a lot of factors, which in turn affects the price. That said, this guide will give you an idea of the variations and the details of the expenses. Read on and know more!
Average Brick Installation Cost
We can’t provide you with fixed sets of cost to lay brick. It’ll depend on what you want to do with your bricks.
For instance, building brick walls can cost an average of $4,450, with the price ranging from $2,100 to $6,800 according to Home Advisor. The cost per foot based on the said site is $14.10. The rates will further change depending on what type of brick wall you prefer. For instance:
- Fence: $15 to $40 per square foot
- Retaining walls: $2,500 to $8,000
- Interior/accent wall: $1,000 to $3,000
- Garden wall: $400 to $600
You can also choose to use bricks for your siding. This may cost from $370 to $985 according to Remodeling Expense. Homewyse also has a calculation of the siding installation for a 500 feet area. According to HomeWyse, the price can range from $4,700 to $8,000.
Another type of installation is brick paving. Home Advisor says that the national average for the said project is $1,500, with the price ranging from $1,000 to $2,000. In particular, laying bricks for your patio or walkway will be at $12 to $60 per square foot.
Factors That Matters
- The additional materials. As for paving, you’ll need crushed gravel, landscaping fabric, and tamping equipment.
- The type of bricks. Brick veneers generally cost more. The shape and color of the material may also affect the expenses.
- The area size for installation. For instance, paving for a bigger patio will cost more.
- The labor fees. How much you’ll pay for professional installers vary. In most cases, the labor charges in smaller towns and cities is less than that in metropolitan areas. The most affordable rate can go as low as $10 per hour.
You also have to consider the permit expenses. The said building requirement can cost anywhere from $100 to $500 according to Home Advisor.
According to Riverside Brick in Central Virginia, the pricing for the material equate to about $5.76 per square foot, which is a bit high than normal. That’s because most residential bricks in the area are “oversized”.
You might also notice that pricing in some states is on a per thousand basis. According to Riverside Brick’s computations, a $340 per thousand brick equates to $1.96 per square foot, while a $500 per thousand will cost $2.88 per square foot.
Online shops like Lowe’s, on the other hand, sell bricks by the piece. Their materials may cost as low as $0.60 apiece.
To have a deeper idea on the current price of bricks (as well as the total installation expenses), you can also use an online calculator such as the one from Homewyse.com.
What If You Try DIY?
Generally, you’re better off not opting for a DIY when it comes to installing brick walls. According to Home Advisor, the said project is labor-intensive and requires efficient skills with the mortar. That said, it will be wiser to entrust the task to the professionals.
Paving, on the other hand, might be a little easier. In fact, Home Advisor has a list of tools and tips for installing bricks in your patio. Based on the site’s listing, the costliest expense for the said project reaches only $200, which is the price of the gravel.
To give you an idea of the specific DIY costs, here is the complete list:
- 12-inch spikes: $10
- Gravel: $200
- Sand: $5
- Edging: $50
- Rake: $10
- Rubber mallet: $5
- Broom: $10
You would also need to rent a sod cutter which can cost $65. You may further need a wet masonry saw which you can rent for about $60.