Should I Paint My Brick? Ask a Salem OR Painter

Posted on by Star Builders LLC
Remodeling Contractor Salem OR

Do you own a brick home and feel as though it is looking old and dated? Are you considering painting it but you’re not sure if it’s a good idea? If you’re looking for a home exterior update, painting your brick is an option. However, brick is a hardy material that wasn’t designed to be painted so it is challenging and best to have it done by a professional painter Salem OR. 

Brick is a building material that is chosen for its already beautiful color and durability. Homes that are made of brick are typically built so that a homeowner will never have to paint them. This doesn’t mean that you must shy away from painting brick. Having your brick painted can provide several benefits:

  1. Create curb appeal – Painting your brick can create beauty and add value to your home when it is done correctly.
  2. Brick is made to last – Unlike siding, brick is made to be sturdy and durable and if you take care of it, you should never have to replace it.
  3. Paint may add protection – Adding paint to the brick creates a sealant that can help reduce fading and mortar weakening.
  4. Easier cleaning – Due to the porous nature of brick, debris, pollen, and dirt gets trapped in the pores.  After painting, the surface appears smooth and easier to clean by power washing.
  5. Love your home again – If you are feeling your home needs an update, a beautiful paint job may be just what it needs!

Things to Consider Before Deciding to Paint Your Brick

Painting your brick house is permanent and you can’t easily go back so you need to be sure that this is something you definitely want to do. Before deciding that painting is the only way to update your home’s exterior, consider smaller, less permanent exterior changes first. You could paint the exterior wood trim or your garage door to freshen up the look of your home. You could also add or paint shutters and window trim. All of these things can help upgrade the look of your entire home. Paint is tough to remove from brick and the process of even trying can be very costly. So, if you don’t like the results, you’re likely stuck with it unless you repaint in a different color.

The good news is you can paint and change the color as often as you like! Experts suggest that if you paint exterior brick, you will need to repaint it every three to five years. Paint will seal the natural pores of brick not allowing moisture that is absorbed through the mortar to evaporate. This can cause the paint to chip and flake. 

If you are still on the fence about painting your exterior brick, don’t just go for it without thinking it through. Keep the following thoughts in mind and you go through the process of deciding to paint your brick:

  • Condition – Brick needs to be in good shape before even considering painting it. You may think a new coat of paint will help hide aging brick but painting it could do more harm than good. Never paint deteriorating or chipped brick as they are susceptible to moisture. When molded or moist bricks are painted, you will only exaggerate the problems you’re already experiencing. Only brick in good condition with no chipping or cracks should be painted.
  • Preparation – There are a few things you should do before the painting process begins. Check the mortar joints and ensure the brick and mortar is dry and in good condition. Any white residue, called efflorescence should be removed. You should bring in a professional to power wash exterior brick and let dry for at least 24 hours before it’s painted. Most brand-new brick should not be painted for at least a year.
  • Products – It is very important to use the correct type of paint for brick. Brick exteriors are extremely porous, so you will need to select a high-quality masonry paint to ensure successful, lasting results. It is also strongly recommended to use a special alkaline-resistant primer before painting over brick and mortar. Of course, the best way to ensure that you are getting the right products is to have a professional paint color consultation.
  • Maintenance – Once the painting is complete, you may need to clean your house exterior more often. Painted brick is generally easier to clean than natural brick, however dirt and mildew are much more visible on painted exteriors. Scheduling an occasional professional power washing can keep your brick exterior fresh and clean. 
  • Hire a professional – Considering the complexity of painting brick, letting a professional painting contractor with experience painting this type of material is really your best option. Expert painters know exactly which tools, paints, and materials to use so that your brick is adequately repaired, cleaned, dried, prepped, and painted to the highest of standards. If you make the mistake of painting damaged brick, fail to prepare the brick properly, or use the wrong paint, it could end up being very costly. Why not trust your home to the experts to ensure the job is done right the first time?

Ultimately, painting your brick home could be a great investment if it is done right and maintained properly. Now that you have a better understanding of what is involved in the process, you can make an informed decision about using paint to update your brick exterior.

Trust the Professionals to Paint Your Brick Home

Professional exterior painters can ensure that your brick home is painted properly using only the best paints and primers to give you a flawless paint job that guarantees a stress-free home improvement experience. At Star Builders, we leave no unanswered questions, take the time to ensure our clients’ satisfaction, and maintain constant communication during every stage of the project. Our pricing is competitive and the attention we give to each detail proves our commitment to our clients. Call Star Builders today to schedule a consultation.exterior painting Salem



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