Efficient materials for facades of residential buildings: comparison between brick and autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC)

The primary purpose of exterior cladding is to protect the building from the elements, provide noise control and thermal insulation, and add visual appeal to the structure. Over the years we have seen a growth in the types of materials used for coating applications. Brick and autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC) are two of the most common facing materials used in residential construction. Although they share some common characteristics, there are differentiating factors between the two materials that are not widely understood.

Efficient materials for facades of residential buildings: a comparison between brick and autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC) takes a closer look at these two materials and what makes them suitable for coating applications. First, we look at how AAC and the bricks are made. We then compare the advantages of AAC and brick, and highlight the differentiating factors that make either material a solid option for modern construction. Finally, we discuss the main areas to consider when choosing between the two for residential siding applications.

Big River Group’s MaxiWall is a strong yet lightweight wall panel made from AAC and reinforced with a corrosion protected steel mesh. MaxiWall is easy to handle and quick to build, and its contemporary rendered finish provides a more elegant and durable alternative to traditional brick and concrete. MaxiWall is designed for homes and buildings constructed with standard wood or steel framing and is available in a range of panel lengths.

Download this white paper to learn more about the pros and cons of using brick and AAC for residential cladding applications.

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