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Old 2012-09-18, 09:17 PM
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Default Brick vs Vinyl Siding

Builder charges $4500 to have whole bricks at the front. The standard is only half way up. Brick definitely looks nicer but we would prefer to put the $$ into the kitchen or somewhere else inside the house.

However, it is something that we cannot change later. Does it really matter? Will it affect the re-sale value? Does vinly last as long as brick?

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Not sure if you shopped around for home insurance yet but having more brick means a lower insurance rate because brick it is less combustible than siding. Maybe contact your home insurance provider to see if there is a significant difference and figure out how long it would take to recoup the $4500.
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Builder charges $4500 to have whole bricks at the front. The standard is only half way up. Brick definitely looks nicer but we would prefer to put the $$ into the kitchen or somewhere else inside the house.

However, it is something that we cannot change later. Does it really matter? Will it affect the re-sale value? Does vinly last as long as brick?

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Vinyl lasts a long long time - in fact it can outlast a brick wall if the mortar is weak.

Brick and siding combos are so common that the decision won't impact resale.

Will you recoup the investment? Hard to say so it really comes down to how you want the house to look.

The kitchen is far more important imo so I'd spend the money there first.
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I echo G2K's comments...
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... and figure out how long it would take to recoup the $4500.
My best guess would be never. I doubt any savings would even cover the interest on the $4500.
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Old 2012-09-19, 08:14 AM
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Even though I prefer brick and if I had a choice I would have it all around the house I do not think it will affect the insurance that much. They most care how much will be to replace the material and not how combustible it is.
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so......does stone skirting count? I believe my house would have around 2-3 feet brick as compare to nearly all vinyl for other houses I've been to.

As far as I know, there is no option to increase the stone skirting to a higher level...unless its because i didn't ask?
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Old 2012-09-19, 08:11 PM
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Vinyl siding is ugly, cheap, and should be banned from being installed on any home. Ottawa is the vinyl siding capital of the world IMO. Ottawa builders are killing the curb appeal of new communities with this crap. Spend the 5k and brick it.
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All else being equal, I prefer front brick over vinyl when it comes to resale.
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Old 2012-09-19, 10:08 PM
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We ended up getting the upgrade. Thanks everyone for your opinion!
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