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    • SteelChair
    • By SteelChair 10th Mar 17, 6:36 PM
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    Brick wall of a house lifespan?
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    • 10th Mar 17, 6:36 PM
    Brick wall of a house lifespan? 10th Mar 17 at 6:36 PM
    Hi everyone

    Will a exterior house brick wall require a lot of maintenance?
    Or will it last 100+ years?

    The house was built in 2000.
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    • alfred64
    • By alfred64 10th Mar 17, 6:42 PM
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    Depends`on`brick-type`used
    • AdrianC
    • By AdrianC 10th Mar 17, 6:43 PM
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    • 10th Mar 17, 6:43 PM
    What's the pointing like? Gutters et al all in good condition? No spalling of the brick?

    And will you REALLY care by the year 2100?
    • lincroft1710
    • By lincroft1710 10th Mar 17, 6:44 PM
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    • 10th Mar 17, 6:44 PM
    Walk around any town or city just outside the shopping area, you should come across rows of terraced brick built houses, they will have been standing for 100 plus years. Apart from possible pointing, I doubt if anything had been done to the walls.
    • kilby_007
    • By kilby_007 10th Mar 17, 7:26 PM
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    • 10th Mar 17, 7:26 PM
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    • 10th Mar 17, 7:26 PM
    Totally depends on the material and quality of the brick. You'll see many well built georgian houses still with the majority of their original brickwork but there comes a point when the brickwork takes a lot of upkeep and if you don't keep on top of it you'll end up with a mess. I saw a georgian house recently that looked lovely from the front but the side of the house was more mortar than brick!
    • Doozergirl
    • By Doozergirl 10th Mar 17, 8:46 PM
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    Totally depends on the material and quality of the brick. You'll see many well built georgian houses still with the majority of their original brickwork but there comes a point when the brickwork takes a lot of upkeep and if you don't keep on top of it you'll end up with a mess. I saw a georgian house recently that looked lovely from the front but the side of the house was more mortar than brick!
    Originally posted by kilby_007
    The Georgian Period was 1714-1837, so if you're answering the OP's (slightly odd) question by referring to buildings that are 2-300 years old, the answer has to be 'yes'
    Everything that is supposed to be in heaven is already here on earth.
    • flashg67
    • By flashg67 10th Mar 17, 10:29 PM
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    • 10th Mar 17, 10:29 PM
    Don't really require any maintenance apart from keeping the mortar pointed, unless you start to notice any problems.

    My area is full of red brick Victorian houses that are still looking good.
    I was in Venice a few months ago - some of the brick houses were built in the 9th century and are still standing,

    So I think you'll be fine in 100 years, but do post again if I turn out to be wrong and I'll apologise
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 11th Mar 17, 8:25 AM
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    • 11th Mar 17, 8:25 AM
    I am intrigued to know what other options the OP has in mind that might be less 'suspect' than brick.
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • robatwork
    • By robatwork 11th Mar 17, 8:53 AM
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    • 11th Mar 17, 8:53 AM
    It will last about the same time as a steel chair.
    • sparky130a
    • By sparky130a 11th Mar 17, 9:02 AM
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    Hi everyone

    Will a exterior house brick wall require a lot of maintenance?
    Or will it last 100+ years?

    The house was built in 2000.
    Originally posted by SteelChair
    Depends on the bricky, and how good his labourer was at knocking up a gauge...
    • GDB2222
    • By GDB2222 11th Mar 17, 9:04 AM
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    Nobody has mentioned the foundations ....
    No reliance should be placed on the above! Absolutely none, do you hear?
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 11th Mar 17, 9:22 AM
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    Nobody has mentioned the foundations ....
    Originally posted by GDB2222
    Multicultural UK band from the late 60s; one of the few who could pull off a passable imitation of the Motown sound.

    Will that do?
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • GDB2222
    • By GDB2222 11th Mar 17, 10:03 AM
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    Multicultural UK band from the late 60s; one of the few who could pull off a passable imitation of the Motown sound.

    Will that do?
    Originally posted by Davesnave
    They are probably working as brickies now.
    No reliance should be placed on the above! Absolutely none, do you hear?
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