Brick is a common building material for the exteriors of homes, but can also be used as an alternative flooring material inside your home. Bricks offer a number of advantages that differ from what traditional flooring materials offer. Understanding the advantages and drawbacks of brick flooring can help you decide whether or not a brick floor is right for your home.
Advantages of Brick Flooring
- Durability: Bricks are extremely durable, and can withstand foot traffic as well as blunt impacts and even moisture and weather exposure over time. This means that you will save money in the long run as you won't have to have sections of your floor replaced or repaired as often as other flooring materials. Additionally, since they are immune to water damage and warping, bricks work extremely well in humid environments like bathrooms and kitchens.
- Fire Resistance: Bricks are completely fireproof, and will not burn. This means that in the event of a minor fire, your floors will be undamaged, if a bit blackened, and in a major fire, the fire itself will be slowed by the fact that the floor won't burn, helping reduce the spread of the fire before the fire department arrives.
- Sustainability: Bricks are made out of natural clays, and as such do not undergo any chemical processes that can damage the environment. Additionally, since bricks can last so long without breaking down, bricks can be easily reused and recycled for use in other projects, reducing the environmental burden associated with creating new building materials.
- Customization: Since bricks can be made in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and shades, you can customize your brick floor to complement the rest of your home's aesthetic very easily.
Disadvantages of Brick Flooring
- Weight: Since bricks are so dense and heavy, they can be impractical for installation in some areas without proper support. This means that brick floors may not be ideal for use above the first floor.
- Inflexibility: Brick flooring is extremely hard, which means that it can be hard on your feet and dangerous if you fall on it, which can be a concern for young children and the elderly. Additionally, this means that if you drop anything fragile on a brick floor, you can expect it to break.
- Mold: Though brick won't be damaged by water, it is extremely absorbent, and will soak up water and other liquids if you don't quickly clean them up. This creates a damp, dark environment that can promote mold growth if not properly cleaned.
If you're interested in a brick floor for your home, contact a contractor like Taylor Construction Co.