Did You Know?
The International Building Code (IBC) acknowledges that clay brick typically used for residential construction provides at least a one-hour fire resistance rating but vinyl siding and many other wall claddings do not come close to that level of protection.
The Vinyl Siding Institute (VSI) claims vinyl siding is fire rated when in fact vinyl siding by itself provides no fire resistance.
According to the National Institute for Fire and Safety Training, a typical house fire reaches 1,100 degree Fahrenheit.
VSI claims vinyl’s melting point is only 160-165 degrees Fahrenheit and that vinyl will ignite when exposed to temperatures of 730 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
Even sunlight reflected by a nearby window can melt vinyl siding. Click HERE for more information.
Unlike vinyl siding, clay brick will not burn and does not produce any gas byproducts!
Vinyl siding cannot match clay brick’s fire protection, wind protection, sound protection, sustainability, durability, clay brick is 100% recyclable and many homeowners would agree that brick homes have better “curb appeal”.
Don’t settle for vinyl; choose clay brick for some of the same reasons many homeowners chose tile over vinyl floors.
Vinyl is cheaper but as the saying goes, “You get what you pay for” and using typical construction materials and techniques, there is no safer, longer lasting wall material than genuine clay brick!