We love the look of brick homes that have been transformed with a simple coat of paint. The application adds texture without being busy and gives the home an instant style update and added curb appeal.
Painting your brick exterior can be a fairly easy fix to an uninspiring façade in need of a facelift. Orange or yellow brick that feels outdated can be given new life with a dark rich color or brushed with a classic white or cream color that emotes a crisp clean look.
Painted brick homes impart a timeless and beautiful expression, but you will want to make sure that you are committed to this style. It is expensive and sometimes impossible to reverse the process, so you should be certain that it is something that you will love.
Brick that is painted white or cream will show dirt and mildew much more than a darker color. You will need to power wash your home every now and then to keep it looking fresh. You will also need to add your painted brick to a maintenance program. Experts suggest repainting every 3-5 years.
Professionals also advise that one shouldn’t paint over brick that is deteriorating, chipping, molding or in overall poor condition. In other words, don’t cover up something that should be addressed separately. If your brick is brand new, you should wait at least a year to allow for drying, weathering and leaching. Your brick should always be cleaned before painting and left to dry for at least 24 hours before painting it or applying water repellent. Soap and water is recommended for cleaning rather than acidic solutions that can result in paint chipping. Cracks should be sealed and mortar joints should be repainted when needed. Work should begin with a conditioner and an alkaline- resistant primer followed by a high quality masonry paint product. Brick stains and lime washes are additional options that can be resourced when considering a change.
Painting your brick is a great way to give new life to your home that you will enjoy for years to come. A big plus is that you won’t have to break the bank to make this significant change. Go ahead, jump into this new look- we think that you’ll be glad you did!