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Brick has been used in residential construction for centuries, and it’s not hard to understand why. It’s simple, attractive, and durable. Yet it’s also associated with some of the most troublesome repair jobs I see in my work as a consulting forensic architect in Nashville, Tenn.
In this article, I’ll focus on standard residential brick veneer — that is, nonstructural brick installed as a cladding over wood framing — and share examples of some of the failures I’ve inspected. Sadly, I see the same mistakes made again and again — mistakes that often result in very expensive callbacks.