Among all the building materials brick and stone are the most durable and long lasting. A well built masonry building can last decades with little to no maintenance. However the early warning signs can easily be overlooked which ends up in costly repairs. It is extremely important to have your house inspected by a professional every few years. That includes both exterior (roof, siding, masonry, foundations, windows, gutters, windows) as well as interior (mechanical systems: plumbing, heating and cooling).