Wall Decor

How to know if the wall of a house has real or faux bricks

The brick lining is a single layer which covers the outer wall of a house that is made of another material such as wood or steel. The weight of the structure is supported by the inside of the wall, not the brick. The brick veneer is a cosmetic part of the wall and actually can be added at any time after the home is built. The solid brick walls, moreover, consist of two layers of adjoining bricks which form the outer walls bear the burden of a house. There are some telltale signs that distinguish the brick veneer solid brick walls.

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Determine the age of the house. A home that was built before 1950 likely have solid brick walls. However, there are exceptions in any year, so you’ll need to confirm your findings with other evidence.

Check the depth of the windows and frames. These features of a house with solid brick walls will be very deep because the walls are brick two lengths thick. The windows are placed inside a brick length from the outside. Those of imitation be near the exterior wall.


Checks the header rows that are in solid brick walls. Because the two layers of bricks to be fastened together to prevent them from falling from each other, the masons placed a row of bricks not longitudinally, but perpendicular to the wall. These header blocks extend through both layers. Only the ends of a row are displayed on the outside of the house. Normally header rows appear every six rows of bricks. At times not all bricks are the header row of perpendicular, but there will be a regular pattern. The brick veneer houses have no header rows.

Inspects brick row just above the base and over the windows. If there is a hole drilled a finger size approximately every 32 inches (81 cm), the house has brick wall covering. These “weep holes” exist because the interior walls have a waterproof layer that keeps moisture out of the house. The water that seeps through the liner goes through the drainage holes. The solid brick houses do not have a waterproofing system.

Look at the top of the windows. The solid brick walls often have large stone lintels or masonry arches. The heavy stone lintels or concrete are enormous beams installed in window openings and settle on the brick. Masonry arches are typically composed of two rows of brick ends in a bow above the window.