Most brick houses built within the past 30 years are not actually made from brick; the brick is mostly cosmetic, and if it were to be removed, the house itself would be just fine. Of course, this cannot be said of traditional brick houses that use bricks as load-bearing elements. Can you tell the difference? It isn’t easy, because brick veneer houses are designed to look just like old-fashioned solid brick, but a trained eye can tell the difference. For instance, solid brick has header bricks, but veneer has no need for them, while weep holes are found in veneer but not in solid brick. Each technique has its pros and cons, too. To find out more, take a look at our new article on solid brick vs. brick veneer.