How to check if your property is brick veneer
There are a few things you can do to try and determine whether your property is double brick or brick veneer.
- Check when it was built – brick veneer is much more common from the 1950s onwards. If your property was built before then it is more likely to be double brick.
- Tap an inside wall – if it sounds hollow it is likely brick veneer.
- Check the depth of windows and doorpost (or doorjamb). The features are likely to be deeper on a double brick house because the walls are two bricks thick.
Why do insurers ask about brick veneer?
Insurers ask about the construction of your property because it impacts the resistance to things like fire, strong winds and pests. Double brick homes are usually more durable (there are exceptions), while brick veneer homes are typically cheaper to build.
Remember, it's important to be accurate when providing details of your home as any misinformation can result in your claims being denied.