Residential Exteriors

Why Choose Brick? High Wind Protection

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High wind protection – A Shelter from the Storm study conducted in September 2004 shows that homes built with brick offer dramatically more protection from wind-blown debris than homes built with vinyl or fiber-cement siding. Conducted at the Wind Science and Engineering Research Center at Texas Tech University, the study demonstrated that a medium-sized wind-blown object, such as a 7.5-foot long 2 x 4, would penetrate homes built with vinyl or fiber-cement siding at a speed of 25 mph. By comparison, the same object would need to travel at a speed exceeding 80 mph in order to penetrate the wall of a brick home. The tests found that homes made with brick exceed the 34 mph impact resistance requirement for high velocity hurricane zones in the Florida building code. Brick also exceeds Florida’s impact resistance requirements for essential facilities in hurricane areas. Brick is such a strong and durable building material that your insurance companies may even offer you a discount on your home insurance costs.

 

5 Reasons to Insist on Brick

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Affordability, green & health advantages, energy efficiency and resale value are just a few of the many benefits of brick. When building a new home, insist on brick.

Tremron Stonegate Oak Run outdoor kitchen

Custom Convenience of Outdoor Kitchens

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Tremron Stonegate Oak Run outdoor kitchen

Tremron Stonegate Oak Run

Outdoor cooking is no longer limited to a basic grill & bag of charcoal. Americans have taken backyard cooking and dining to a whole new level. Outdoor kitchens are becoming increasingly functional and more elaborate with cooking islands, pizza ovens, refrigerators and even the kitchen sink.

Hungry homeowners are looking beyond the grill & smoker, desiring full outdoor kitchens with features that add convenience and luxury such as counter space, trash bins, ice chests, & cabinetry. Outdoor spaces are becoming more organized, reducing trips back & forth into the house & indoor kitchen.

Wall blocks come in a variety of sizes, styles & colors that coordinate perfectly with pavers & wood accents. Most offer such versatility they can be installed to create a custom outdoor space.

As pictured below, the most common additions to today’s outdoor kitchens are counter space/work space with sinks, built-in grill stations,  stove top burners, as well as space for a ceramic grill or charcoal smoker.

Another growing trend is the incorporation of warming features into outdoor spaces.  Products that lend physical and ambient warmth are in high demand, such as fireplaces & fire pits.

Fire features provide heat and light, allowing you to use your deck later into the evening and into the year, while creating an inviting atmosphere. Great focal points, fire pits and fireplaces also provide natural gathering spots for conversation & of course, s’mores!

 

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How to Combine Brick & Stone

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Millstone, natural stone, combine brick & stone

Adding stone accents enables you to create elegant & sophisticated points of interest. Whether you are building a new home or simply updating existing features, stone is an excellent companion to brick. Given the varieties of color, texture, shape & size of both brick and stone, the combinations & looks you can achieve are endless. Would you prefer the stone blend in with the brick or be totally opposite of the brick? Would you prefer the stone be focal point of your front elevation or the brick?

Here are a few tips to consider when combining brick and stone…

Don’t look for an exact match
Have you ever driven by a house and asked yourself “Is there brick AND stone on that house?” If the two match closely, making it difficult to tell the difference, why bother using both? A “close match” could easily result in “not close enough” and actually end up creating a design conflict.

Woodhaven Tudor, Coyote Gray, natural stone, combining brick & stone

Create a contrast
Is your brick monochromatic, with a more solid, uniform appearance? Look for stone with a variety of color & texture. For brick that has several colors and/or a heavy texture, look for a stone more solid in color.

Castle Rock Tudor brown brick with Buff, Southern Ledgestone Chardonnay

Consider color combinations
Look for colors within the brick to pull & find a stone that pairs well. For example, if a brown brick has shades of gray, consider a gray stone. If using a solid brown brick & mortar, look for stone with a variation of colors that includes the brick shade of brown.

Wildwood, combining brick & stone

Feature a focal point
Gables, columns, & entry ways are just a few examples of perfect opportunities to add stone to your project. Most of these features create natural stopping points that allow the brick and stone to seamlessly flow together.

Select a stone style that compliments your home
For a traditional look, consider a larger stone style – chopped, mosaic or field stone. These styles provide a natural, rustic look. For a more modern, contemporary or even architectural design, consider a ledgestone or cut stone. The sharper angles & edges present a more finished or polished look.

One of the toughest decisions during the building process is the brick and stone selection. It’s permanent – not something you are likely to change in a few years. Take your time, look at existing homes & choose what you like. We are here to help you!

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Combining Brick & Stone

Combining Brick & Stone

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A Santa Ready Backyard!

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The holiday season is the perfect time of year to bundle up & head outside with friends and family!  Tremron’s Stonehurst Sierra pavers provide a beautiful backdrop for this outdoor space ready for Santa. The Stonegate Sierra Outdoor kitchen & columns are a perfect match to tie the space together.  Gather ’round the Munich Sierra fire pit with family & friends for caroling and memories to last a lifetime.

It’s not too late to deck the (outdoor) halls! Give us a call today!

Better Look, Less Maintenance – Choose Brick

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Annandale with Ivory

When selecting exterior building products, brick offers countless advantages over all other options. Proven for centuries, brick offers exceptional fire protection, superior moisture control, high wind protection, and are naturally energy efficient. Its modular units and variety of shapes have resulted in beautiful structures in just about every architectural style, ranging from colonial to Victorian to post-modernist.

Brick also offers lasting value and is virtually maintenance free. With practically no upkeep or repairs, homeowners avoiding ongoing costs, well as energy bill savings. When it’s time to sell, brick rates well because it’s trusted over newer cladding materials that haven’t stood the test of time.

Unlike other products, color is baked into brick so it lasts for a lifetime. One of the few materials that can actually look better with age, brick also absorbs noise, giving it an acoustic advantage over other materials – especially helpful in densely populated areas.

Brick are permanent. Weather and age proof, brick won’t tire like other man made materials. It will not rot, dent, or need to be painted, and it will never tear. Brick will not be eaten by termites. This certainly explains ads for “all-brick” houses much more often than ads for “all-vinyl” or “all-EIFS” neighborhoods. SABCO Brick Looks Best

With hundreds of brick colors, styles and textures, from browns to dramatic reds, warm tans, cool grays, light whites, smooth, sand faced & tumbled, traditional to modern contemporary, we are sure to have the brick for your project.

 

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Better With Brick Chips

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Long-lasting, colorfast crushed brick chips are perfect for use in low-maintenance landscaping. Use with a heavy-grade landscape fabric to keep brick from sinking into soil and to help prevent weeds. An excellent way to add interest to your landscape, while saving you time & money, brick chips are 100% recycled material, with excellent durability.

 

Advantages of Brick Chips

  • Install once
  • Saves money – no need to replace it yearly
  • Save time and labor yearly
  • Protect the environment – no need to use chemical grass and weed sprays
  • Retains moisture in the ground
  • Won’t attract bugs or termites  

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Brick – The Superior Shelter

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Why Choose Brick?

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Tremron Outdoor Living

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Spend the summer ENJOYING your outdoor space rather than MAINTAINING it. The growing trend to “Bring the indoors out” will reach new heights as homeowners fill their outdoor spaces with indoor luxuries, driving the demand for low-maintenance materials.

South Alabama Brick is excited to announce our partnership with Tremron. For over two decades Tremron has transformed the southern landscape with unrivaled hardscape products through their continued dedication to setting standards in innovative design, performance, selection, and most importantly, service that has been the cornerstone to our success.

The Tremron Collection includes pavers, retaining walls, and fire pits all of which allow homeowners to design & construct a custom yet cohesive outdoor living space. From a small bench on a patio to a complete custom outdoor kitchen, the Tremron Collection offers endless possibilities in creating your ideal 3 season space.

To view our Tremron Collection, click here.

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