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How Much Does Brick Installation Cost?
A new brick wall typically costs between $15 – $30 per square foot to install, including material and labor, while brick veneers cost $4 – $10 per square foot.
Keep in mind that both bricks and brick veneers can be used to cover an existing wall, but only masonry bricks can be used by themselves to build a wall. They are most commonly used by themselves for things like short garden walls.
If you want to build a wall and have a brick surface, the most common method is to create a typical stud wall, then use brick veneers over it. The average cost to frame a wall is $7 to $16 per square foot; if you are erecting a new wall, keep in mind that framing costs may be added to your overall costs, and that costs for brick masonry walls that are higher than just a few feet, will also typically require some type of framed support, which will also add costs.
There are several factors that could affect the cost of your wall.
The actual price of installation varies, so it’s important to get several estimates to find out how much your installation will cost.
Cost of Brick Materials
Material typically costs $6 to $12 per square foot for your common clay brick, but the price can vary by style and type.
Using historic and reclaimed brick can affect the price as well as they typically cost. Using a natural stone could also cost more, while concrete block may cost less.
A common brick is normally made from clay and fired in a kiln, while a concrete block is simply cast from concrete. Natural stone may be cut or honed from a larger stone, which often adds to the cost. Brick is often priced by the block, not the square foot.
Use our brick calculator to find out how many blocks you need for your project.
Cost of Labor
The cost of labor for a mason to install a brick wall is usually between $7 and $17 per square foot. Masons charge anywhere from $50-$100 per hour, and some handymen and contractors charge $30-$50 per hour.
The cost of labor is usually dependent on the skill level of the mason, and more skilled masons can often install a wall faster, and it will look better than an installation by an unskilled mason. More skilled masons can also incorporate more complicated designs.
Keep in mind that if you are building a taller wall, or need a framed wall behind the bricks, this will add to your labor as well. The average labor cost to frame a wall works out to $35 to $150 per hour.
Other Cost Factors
One other factor that affects the cost of a brick wall installation is the complexity of the design. More complex designs often take more time to install and may incur more waste, which raises the cost of materials.
Traditional designs that are often normally priced would be a running bond or common bond pattern, while complex designs may incorporate patterns, textures, and varying layouts.
Large or unique projects may cost more per square foot. A project with high walls may require additional footings or support structures to support the load of a higher wall.
All pricing information on this page is based on average industry costs, and is subject to variance for project-specific materials, labor rates, and requirements.
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