Do brick houses survive tornadoes better?
Likewise, can a tornado destroy a brick house?
A big enough tornado will take out anything above ground. A big enough hurricane will take out most anything above ground. Brick and concrete homes will withstand higher winds than most wood construction, but it's actually the type and quality of construction, based on local building codes, that determine storm damage.
In this way, are brick houses better in hurricane?
A brick, stone, or concrete wall is usually going to stand up to high winds better than a timber frame wall but your problem more often than not is going to be your roof, which is still usually timber. A timber frame house is much more likely to get swept away.
Buying or Building a Wood Home While wood is more affordable than brick, according to a 2017 study conducted by RSMeans and the Brick Industry Association, the national average total construction cost of a clay brick-sided home is only two percent more than wood and fiber cement. So it's cheaper but not by much.