Costs Involved With Hiring a Bricklayer
You may need to hire a bricklayer to simply lay bricks but many don’t know that this often isn’t the limit to their skills. Bricklayers, also known as masons, construct and repair walls along with building structures from scratch like outbuildings, arches and partitions. Some masons opt to specialise in decorative stonework while others restore structures to ensure they remain safe.
Repointing is one of the most common jobs that bricklayers are hired for. This involves replacing the mortar between bricks to improve the wall visually along with defending from water penetrating the brickwork. Repointing involves cleaning the wall and removing all of the degrading mortar and applying fresh mortar into the gaps while avoiding any excess mortar between the bricks.
What to do before hiring
Before hiring a brickie there are some things you should consider to try and cut costs. Are you going to supply the materials? Will you prepare the area and do any landscaping? Depending on the job at hand you’ll likely need bricks, mortar, sand, cement and any decorative features like copings or wall posts.
Depending on the job at hand you’ll need to clear the area to make sure that the bricklayer can get access and has enough room to do any laying and foundation work. If you’re having a garden wall built you should trim trees and bushes and cut the grass to allow unrestricted access. Hard landscaping may be needed if you are building a structure. It may be cost effective to find a bricklayer that offers a complete service rather than hiring a landscape gardener and then a bricklayer.
A bricklayer’s duties typically include:
– Laying different types of bricks and stones to build walls, patios, chimneys, fireplaces, and outbuildings.
– Restoring brickwork
– Putting up scaffolding
– Following sketches and blueprints
– Laying firebricks
– Mixing different types of cement and mortar
Bricklayers typically work in Twos and depending on the job at hand you will typically expect to pay around £250-£300 per day for the 2 of them. This cost doesn’t include the price for bricks but may include some material costs so you should discuss this before choosing who to hire to take up the job.
There are also many different types of bricks and stone and the brick type you opt for will have an impact on the overall project cost. If building external walls or replacing walls you may have to contact your local council to ensure there’s no regulation as to the type of stone you must use. In some areas, you may be limited to using the same stone as the rest of the wall or property so you will have to locate reclaimed stone which will affect the cost massively.
Below we have listed some of the most common jobs that bricklayers receive and the average price that they would charge. These figures are based on estimates and will vary depending on the region and if any other costs will be involved. For instance, the removal of debris or taking down a previous wall.
Building a single brick wall 1 metre high by 4-metre-long.
A single skin brick wall 1x4m will typically cost around £500-£650.
Building a double brick wall 1 metre high by 4-metre-long.
A double skin brick wall 1x4m will typically cost around £650-£750.
Building a single brick wall 1 metre high by 8-metre-long.
A single skin brick wall 1x8m will typically cost around £1000-£1200.
Building a double brick wall 1 metre high by 8-metre-long.
A double skin brick wall 1x8m will typically cost around £1200-£1400.
Repointing a brick wall.
To Repoint a brick wall including clean up should cost around £25 per Square Metre.
Repointing 1 whole face of a house.
This should typically cost around £1000-£1500 depending on the size of the property. This would increase to around £3000-£4000 to repoint a full property.
Repointing a chimney.
The cost of repointing a chimney depends on whether a scaffolding is needed. For a single-story property that requires no scaffolding you would expect to pay £200-£300. For a typical house repointing, the chimney will cost between £600-£1000 depending on the position of the chimney and the scaffolding type needed. A chimney to the side of the property will cost much less than one located in the middle.
Constructing a stone porch.
For 2-3 days labour creating a stone porch, you should expect to pay around £800.
These are just some guidelines as to the costs you can expect for the most common jobs that bricklayers do. However, you must remember that with so many varying factors to get a more accurate idea you should get quotes from multiple bricklayers. In conclusion, to get a more accurate figure you will need to get quotes and describe your job in detail, including the size and design details. This will ensure qualified tradesmen can give you an accurate price. Above all, it ensures the best deal for you.