If you take a drive down any residential street, you’ll notice a large number of homes are adorned with brick. While brick is a great siding material by most standards, it fundamentally lacks in two primary areas: design flexibility and insulating ability. Their life cycle ends once they reach the 50 to 70-year mark, after which they begin to flake and the mortar separates.
It’s unsightly and becomes progressively worse as the seasons roll on. We spoke with Dolores Ursini, vice-president of DuROCK Alfacing International Ltd., about an alternative: an exterior insulated finish system called Pressure-Utilized Compartmented Cavity System (PUCCS), manufactured by DuROCK.
Why choose PUCCS over brick?
PUCCS is relatively lightweight, low-maintenance and can be applied directly over top of the old brick, says Ursini. That’s because this Canadian-made system is comprised of components that effectively seal and protect the old brick. Restoring the bricks on your home is a huge expense. Retrofitting them using a system like PUCCS is a superior solution to re-cladding with brick from both a financial and environmental perspective, says Ursini.
What’s the catch?
PUCCS is available in a limitless combination of textures and colours with decorative elements like window trims, sills, keystones, columns and cornices. DuROCK‘s PUCCS can accommodate nearly any architectural style and home design. All you have to do is flex your creative muscles to choosing the style you like and have fun designing your home to suit your personal tastes, says Ursini.
Here’s a before and after project completed by DuROCK featuring the PUCC exterior finish system:
Does the PUCC System offer superior insulation?
Possibly the biggest benefit that PUCCS has over brick is that it better insulates your home. This system incorporates a layer of insulation that drastically reduces the flow of heat from the inside to outside, or vice-versa, and can be installed directly over existing brick with a cement-based adhesive, says Ursini.
Here are the benefits of increased insulation:
- It reduces the chances of heat loss in the winter and cool air in the summer months;
- Your air conditioner will have less work to do, consuming less fuel and electricity to keep your home comfortable.
Here’s an estimated breakdown of how much a PUCC system costs.
NOTE: The price for a PUCC system includes labour and installation. The price for brick does not. This is just an estimate!
|Material||Estimated Cost Per Square Foot||Estimated Cost for 2,000 Square Foot Home|
|Bricks||$3 - $6||$6,000 to $12,000|
The cost of a PUCC System will pay for itself with the savings you get from reduced energy costs. PUCCS are designed to transform the look of your home, adding a great deal of value to your home and increasing curb appeal, says Ursini.
Want to learn more about what DuROCK does? Take a look at this video:
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