Is a brick wall still an affordable solution, as the cost of bricks soars?

Are brick walls still affordable, as cost of bricks soar? | ModularWalls

An article in the Financial Review reports that the cost of bricks in Sydney has soared by a third in the last two years, according to Turner & Townsend’s International Construction Market Survey 2017. The inflated price has left many developers and homeowners wondering, “Is a brick wall actually ‘worth it’, anymore?”

The residential construction boom has seen a record 69, 161 housing starts last fiscal year alone, marking the country’s largest housing boom to date. As a result, the costs of construction materials and labour has seen a dramatic spike. A leap of 33.1% in the cost of bricks inflates to $785/1000 standard bricks this year, as opposed to $590/1000 in 2015.

This growth in demand and consequently exponential difference in price has led to an overall mark-up in traditional masonry work. Many homeowners are now seeking more cost-effective brick alternatives, that deliver the same durability and aesthetics.

When compared to traditional brick walls, ModularWalls‘ acoustic fence panels and wall systems are:

  • Significantly more affordable
  • Will not crack over time
  • Are much easier and faster to install
  • Do not require strip footings or cumbersome construction technology

The cost of bricks, along with labour expenses and schedules, have made traditional masonry significantly less affordable. The construction industry has already seen an incline in alternative products; a trend we expect will continue to rise in the coming years.

Our wall systems and acoustic fence panels offer the premium style and structural strength of a rendered brick wall, for a more economic price. The post and panel systems accommodate a variety of premium finishes, complimenting any architectural design. The finished aesthetic mirrors the look of a rendered brick wall, while saving the developer or homeowner a sizeable chunk of money and time.

Different ModularWalls systems offer different solutions, depending on the desired outcome. The residential range of products include SlimWall, VogueWall and EstateWall.

The SlimWall solution is ideal for acoustic fencing needs, offering a modern, sleek design of 50mm thick and available at heights of up to 2.1m. As Australia’s fastest growing fencing product, SlimWall can transform your garden into a stylish oasis. Pricing begins at $131 per lineal metre and is the most affordable fencing solution of the ModularWalls range.

VogueWall is designed to closely mirror the dimensions of a single brick wall with piers, at 75mm thick and up to 3.0m high. Whilst decorative in its own right, its versatility makes it the most popular wall of the ModularWalls range.

EstateWall mirrors the grand appearance of a double brick wall with large piers, measuring 100mm thick and up to 3.0m high. This option offers a premium aesthetic ideal for statement walls, sound barriers or security perimeters.

Are brick walls still affordable, as cost of bricks soar? | ModularWalls

All three wall systems offer acoustic benefits and retaining capabilities can be integrated to achieve a dual-purpose wall in one seamless design. Installation is fast and easy, and lighting and gates can be easily incorporated into the structure, enabling customisation during the installation process.

Written by Evelyn Kandris


With a background of 30 years composite panel manufacturing experience, ModularWalls is the leading producer of cost-effective acoustic boundary walls and fences.

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