External cladding’s main purpose is to protect the building from weather elements, provide noise control and thermal insulation, and add visual appeal to the structure. Over the years, we have seen a growth in the types of materials used for cladding applications. Brick and autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC) are two of the most commonly used cladding materials in residential construction. While they share some common features, there are differentiating factors between the two materials that are not widely understood.

Efficient Materials for Residential Building Facades: A comparison of brick and autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC) takes a closer look at these two materials and what makes them suitable for cladding applications. First, we look at how AAC and bricks are manufactured. We then compare the advantages of AAC and brick, and highlight the differentiating factors that make either material a strong option for modern construction. Finally, we discuss the main areas to consider when deciding between the two for residential cladding applications.

Big River Group’s MaxiWall is a strong yet lightweight walling panel made from AAC and reinforced with corrosion-protected steel mesh. MaxiWall is easy to handle and quick to build with, and its contemporary rendered finish offers a more stylish and sustainable alternative to traditional brick and concrete. MaxiWall is designed for homes and buildings built with standard timber or steel framing and is available in a range of panel lengths.

Download this whitepaper to learn about the advantages and disadvantages of using brick and AAC for residential cladding applications.


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