Face brick and brick veneer are both excellent ways to provide a stately, unique appearance to your home. They can be installed either indoors or outdoors, and they both help to enhance the aesthetic of your home and will increase the resale value of the building as well. While these 2 types of fixtures generally appear very similar, as they're both lines of bricks that are formed into a wall, there are some important differences that you should keep in mind if you're considering installing them in your house, or if you're looking to purchase home that has one or the other.
Face Brick Overview
Face brick is a structurally sound installation that can help to support the weight of the other components of a room. It is solid and generally contains layers of brick and other insulation behind the surface of the wall, or "face." This type of brick installation is more common in older buildings. There are many benefits to having the face brick actually be a structural part of your home; it is more likely to avoid damage and will be usable in a much wider variety of locations and settings throughout the building. However, at the same time, it's also more expensive to install and maintain than a brick veneer is. It requires immediate attention if any damage should occur to it, as such damage may cause problems for the structural integrity of your home.
Brick Veneer Overview
Brick veneer appears very similar to face brick from the outside; the surface wall is a standard brick face as well. However, the brick itself is only a veneer; there is no structural integrity to the brick face in this case. Therefore, the area behind the brick is generally hollow or filled with wood or other materials. This gives brick veneer the benefit of requiring fewer materials in order to construct. It is lighter and less expensive.
There are some downsides to brick veneer as well. For instance, the wall itself is more likely to suffer from damage than a face brick wall will be. While this will not cause any structural concerns for the home, it still will require maintenance; because of this, brick veneer generally requires more frequent maintenance than face brick does. Additionally, the options for where you install brick veneer in your home are more limited. Nonetheless, if your home is pre built and you don't have the opportunity to build in face brick as a structural part of the house, brick veneer may be a better choice for you.
The decision to install brick veneer or face brick in your home depends upon your budget, the location where you'll install the brick, and the amount of time and effort that you're willing to dedicate to maintenance in the coming months and years.