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

A recent 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 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, leaving many homeowners seeking more cost-effective brick wall alternatives, that deliver the same durable and aesthetic results.

When compared to traditional brick walls, ModularWalls products are significantly more affordable, will not crack over time, are much easier and faster to install and do not require strip footings or cumbersome construction technology.

The cost of bricks, along with the expense and time associated with labour have meant that traditional masonry is becoming significantly less affordable. The construction industry has already seen an incline in alternative products, such as ModularWalls, and we expect this trend will continue to rise in the coming years.

ModularWalls’ range of products 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 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. This product’s pricing begins at $131 per lineal metre (1.8m high) and is the most affordable premium 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.

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.

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

Written by Evelyn Kandris

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