For all the numerous advantages of using the full array of North Georgia Brick varieties for your next build, the 100-year lifespan on brick masonry from The National Institute for Standards and Technology is at the top of the list guaranteeing durability, longevity, and performance against the natural elements. Today we’ll take a specific look at how well brick fares versus two of Mother Nature’s most formidable forces: Wind and fire.
With modern weather patterns continuing to evolve and occasionally intensify in real time, it pays to be prepared for extreme conditions for greater peace of mind as a builder and homeowner. Here are a few valuable brick advantages when it comes to wind and fire protection:
Wind Protection – Whether it’s hurricanes along the coastline or tornados in the heart of the country, protection against high-velocity wind patterns and wind-blown debris is always imperative! In line with stringent building and construction codes, brick exceeds impact resistance requirements for homes and essential facilities in high-velocity hurricane zones.
Although the actual design elements of a home such as sloped hip roofs can help mitigate the effects of wind, solid brick houses can handle winds up to 185 miles per hour. Also, brick structures homes offer much greater protection from wind-blown debris than wood, vinyl, or fiber-cement structures. The well-documented durability of brick can even produce discounts from insurance companies on home insurance costs in regions most susceptible to wind damage.
Fire Protection – There’s a reason that brick makes such an outstanding material for crafting gorgeous fireplaces and firepit areas in addition to external brick walls and buildings: Bricks are created in a fire kiln and offer an incredibly high fire-resistance rating with the ability to withstand temperatures up to 1200°C! These exceedingly high kiln temperatures create hard-fired durability and maximum strength.
As the most popular fire-resistant material for buildings, brick can withstand direct flames for over an hour. With superior natural thermal mass properties, brick has the inherent ability to absorb, retain, and release heat. Not only do these characteristics provide exceptional fire protection, but better thermal mass properties also mean that heating and cooling brick homes will require less energy. Although mortar is less fire-resistant than the brick its holds together, the mix of materials that comprise common mortar including clay, cement, lime, and sand are all fire and heat resistant as well.
In the long run, greater wind and fire protection offered by brick will enhance safety within a residential home or commercial building, as well as save money by minimizing repairs and reducing energy costs. When you are ready to build with brick and receive these impressive benefits, visit our Cumming or Cartersville showrooms and our experts can help you begin planning your successful project!