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Vinyl or brick

Is buying a house that is all vinyl and no brick a bad idea? House is 9 years old and well maintained. However it is all vinyl. Should this be a deal breaker?
Please let me know of all pros and cons, thanks!
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mum2two wrote: Is buying a house that is all vinyl and no brick a bad idea? House is 9 years old and well maintained. However it is all vinyl. Should this be a deal breaker?
Please let me know of all pros and cons, thanks!
I don't think it matters too much for the most part the brick ones are just veneers especially newer houses. Vinyl you have to maintain more but its still a once in a blue moon thing.

I find GTA is the only place to really put an emphasis on brick for some reason
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Depends. Does the house have a footing for the brick to sit on?
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dpacto wrote: I don't think it matters too much for the most part the brick ones are just veneers especially newer houses. Vinyl you have to maintain more but its still a once in a blue moon thing.

I find GTA is the only place to really put an emphasis on brick for some reason
thank you for your response! :)
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SKOMO85 wrote: Depends. Does the house have a footing for the brick to sit on?
How do we figure that out?
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mum2two wrote: How do we figure that out?
Most likely it won't because the original build came with vinyl im assuming, which doesnt require a footing. Vinyl homes are usually less expensive because it is the cheapest siding of the bunch. To be honest, if the house is vinyl, you can always have it teared down and replaced with stucco on the sides and back, with brick or stone in the front. A $20,000.00 upgrade can bring up the value of the house by atleast double that amount
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Walk away. Vinyl is cheap and it looks even cheaper.
Always brick or stone.
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Makes sense, thanks for your input!
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In this market where a buyer has selection I'd opt for a brick house for looks, durability and resale value. Whatever more you pay you will get back down the road.
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I prefer the look of brick.
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Don't like vinyl siding unless it's on a shed lol Definitely brick and stone is my favorite Thumbs Up Sign
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Based on what I have seen so far, all houses in nice especially new built neighborhood are brick/stone/stucco, and you will not find any vinyl in there. Personally, I found vinyl looks cheap. Brick/stones should be the way to go for building houses in Canada especially with our extreme weather !

Just a simple question, do you see any custom built house with vinyl ?
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In US especially in west coast, lot of houses are vinyl. When my US friends came visit me in Toronto, they were all surprised seeing our brick/stone houses and said these houses look like castles and asked how they are !
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When we were looking , we specifically looked for all brick exteriors - we also liked the red brick - for us curb appeal was everything. Then we had friends over after we moved in and some made comments on how they love it as ours is brick all the way to the top. So it is definitely desired by many.
However, if you are the only brick house in a neighbourhood that’s all vinyl/siding -I don’t think that will make a difference. They all have to be brick to hold up that value.
Again this could just be us.
I think the old shingles exterior would be the worst though (attached)
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rdx wrote: In US especially in west coast, lot of houses are vinyl. When my US friends came visit me in Toronto, they were all surprised seeing our brick/stone houses !
Even in Calgary it’s all vinyl. I don’t know, it just doesn’t look like a house for me.
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mum2two wrote: Is buying a house that is all vinyl and no brick a bad idea? House is 9 years old and well maintained. However it is all vinyl. Should this be a deal breaker?
Please let me know of all pros and cons, thanks!
I wouldn't say it's a deal breaker, but brick or brick veneer is superior than vinyl.
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I'm doing an addition and started the process of saying no vinyl, but that has changed. I drove around mature areas in Toronto that have a lot of vinyl and stucco (the beach, leslieville) and I actually prefer the look of the vinyl over stucco.

Vinyl can be done well and when it is done well the results are quite nice.
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dgnr8 wrote: I'm doing an addition and started the process of saying no vinyl, but that has changed. I drove around mature areas in Toronto that have a lot of vinyl and stucco (the beach, leslieville) and I actually prefer the look of the vinyl over stucco.

Vinyl can be done well and when it is done well the results are quite nice.
Yes it can , when it’s a custom built home. But vinyl on cookie cutter rows of developer built homes - looks cheap!
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When a bad hailstorm comes in, brick/stucco comes out fine. Vinyl comes out with holes and needs replaced. Can also be ripped off by bad winds as well
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Personally, I think if money is not an issue, one shouldn't choose to build the house with vinyl.

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