Painting a Brick Home? Read This First.

Exterior painted brick

If you live in one of Atlanta’s many older homes, there’s a good chance it’s made of brick. While stately in character, you might be considering painting a brick home a different color to modernize its look and give it an update. Should you paint your brick? We happen to be a big fan of painted brick exteriors — it’s a wonderful way to update your red brick exterior to suit your style better. Naturally, there are several important considerations prior to beginning your brick exterior painting project…

Painting a brick home

Credit: Hufft Projects

1. Know going in that you’ll need to freshen up your exterior paint job every few years. According to the Brick Industry Association, painted exterior brick should be repainted every 3 to 5 years. Also, if you have a new brick home, you’ll need to wait about 30 days before painting it since it needs time to fully “cure.”

Brick Exterior Home

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2. Do you really, really want to paint it? Like, really? You want to be 100-percent sure since going back to the original brick color is an involved process and there’s a chance the paint color will not come off all the way if it has settled over time.

Painting a Brick Home

Credit: Brennan + Company Architects

3.  If your home has brick that’s in poor condition, including chipping and molding, it’s not the best candidate for paint since paint blocks the natural pores in the brick’s surface, which could possible cause its condition to get worse over time and the paint to chip off. But there’s still hope! You will just need to get everything fixed prior to painting.

Painting a Brick Home

Credit: Canton Custom Homes

4. Ask your exterior home painter about “efflorescence,” which you may have seen appear on old brick walls. This is a white residue that means there is moisture inside the brick. What they should do before painting your brick is attempt to remove the efflorescence by scrubbing it with water and a brush, and wait to see if it returns. If it does, put your painting project on hold and call in the masonry troops for additional professional help.

Painting Brick Exteriors

Credit: John Willis Homes

5. Another option to consider is professionally staining your brick as it still allows the brick to breathe by penetrating the pores of the brick instead of sitting on its surface. It eliminates some of the long-term risks that come with painting a brick home.

Now that you are fully armed with information, do you think paint or a stain is right for your brick home? Let us know if you’d like to speak with one of our professional exterior home painters about it.

Tips provided by The Brick Industry Association and the experts at Houzz.

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